The timepieces from Panerai’s Luminor Due series combine the characteristic design features that watch collectors love with a low profile case that houses the thinnest automatic movement manufactured at Officine Panerai in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The P.4000 calibre allowed Panerai to reduce the size of the case by about 40% without losing any of the precision and functionality that their timepieces are known for.
The case of the Luminor Due shown in the photo (PAM00674) measures 45 mm in diameter and is made from AISI 316L polished steel. The sun-brushed black sandwich dial features Arabic numerals at 3,6,9 and 12 o’clock and a seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock. It has a power reserve of 72 hours and a depth rating of 30 meters. With no additional complications, this model offers a symmetrical dial that displays the time legibly and stylishly. The black leather strap it comes with adds to the sleek sophistication of the PAM 674.
This Panerai model combines two watchmaking trends of recent years: the thin case and the case with a large diameter. What results is a modern timepiece with classic sensibilities. One of the advantages of a thin case is that it allows the watch to slip under the cuff of a suit, allowing one to wear the large watch in formal settings without calling too much attention to it. While Panerai is known for their sports watches, the Luminor Due collection offers their take on a classic dress watch.
The depth rating indicates that this watch is designed to be worn above the surface, but it still carries the nautical tradition that Panerai has forged over years of creating watches for the Italian Navy. The Luminor Due collection also offers a 42 mm version for those with a desire for a more sensibly sized wristwatch. For more information on this collection and everything else Panerai, visit their official website at panerai.com.
Panerai’s iconic Luminor 1950 case is easy to spot from far away due to its unique shape and large size. While bigger cases are the trend when it comes to luxury timepieces, another trend that has cemented itself in the wristwatch industry is that of the slim case. Not to be outdone by competitors, Panerai has released their Luminor Due collection to offer customers the look of a Panerai without the excess bulk that usually comes with a 45 mm case.
The first of the Due collection to features an automatic movement, the PAM00674 is powered by a P.4000 calibre made by Panerai in their Manufacture in Neuchâtel. The size of this movement was reduced by 40% to a thickness of 10.7 mm to accommodate the thinner case design, while still retaining the design and precision of a Panerai movement. It is the thinnest calibre ever manufactured by the watchmaker and it features a decentralized micro-motor that rotates in both directions, allowing the watch to power itself for up to three days. It also features a device that stops the balance wheel when the winding crown is pulled out, allowing one to synchronize time perfectly.
While this fine luxury timepiece represents the latest innovations of Panerai, it still maintains their classic aesthetic. The crown protecting bridge is still there, adding a flair to the case that is instantly distinguishable. This model features a sandwich dial with a seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock and a black alligator leather strap. The case is made from 316L stainless steel and is waterproof up to 30 meters. For more information on this magnificent wristwatch, visit panerai.com.