Inside my mind, in accord with product naming practices across any business I can think about, as soon as a product title includes a sequence number added to it, I’m led to think it is all about as good as, or superior to the one that preceded it. This applies to cars, engineering, aviation, home electronics, and pretty much every other industry. So the Luminor Due, an individual could think, is destined by definition to not only succeed, but also outperform the regular Luminor.However, the Luminor Due provides a remarkably unsatisfactory 30 meters of water resistance, that is measly for any opinion and heresy for one that says Panerai Luminor Due Titanium Replica about the dial. The Because doesn’t stop there since, like a real Luminor, it’s the bare cheek to boast the “REG. TM.” Marked crown protector. Thus, the issue stands.With that this major shortcoming noted, I’ll still say: yes, and here is why. Panerais and notably Luminors are never actually very pretty. Cool, masculine, old-school, dashing, even — all of these things, surely, but fairly… nah. A pretty Panerai is a rare breed, even when they do get the proportions right lots of the time. I wouldn’t consider any Panerai pretty, save for the two exceptions that apply the rule – each a Radiomir 1940 in crimson gold: the PAM575 along with the PAM513. The PAM690 in steel comes alongside its terrific blue dial and neat case, but misses out by being 47mm and having a petite sub-seconds.
The 45mm models are a bit higher than the 42mm variations: 10,70mm rather than 10,50mm. The new P4000 movement is that the thinnest automatic movement manufactured by Panerai, thanks to its embedded off-center miniature rotor which rotates in both directions. The movement also has two mainspring barrels to ease the 3-day power book and a sturdy balance bridge. Again something which we applaud is that the P4000 motion also features the zero-reset function. PAM00674 and PAM00675) may be somewhat too large to get a dress watch, the bigger 42mm versions (PAM00676 and PAM00677) are just fine playing the apparel watch role. Although still on the big side for a dress watch, it sits just good under your cuff and using all the polished instance, and the sun-brushed dial end, it just works. We’d consider the 45mm variation for a thinner version of the typical Luminor lineup of watches, and not so much a very large dress watch.The diminished water resistance of just 3ATM (or 30 meters) isn’t much for a Panerai, nevertheless so long as you treat this as a dress watch (meaning you won’t jump into the swimming pool or pool, with the Luminor Due on your wrist) no injury is done. However when sporting one of those Luminor Due watches you should know about this, particularly when you’re quite knowledgeable about Panerai and have a tendency to handle it in precisely the same way as you’re utilized to.
The use of materials in innovative and beneficial ways is the current “space race” in contemporary mechanical watches, and Panerai wants to show that it’s no slouch in this arena. The brand-new-for-2017 Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 watch utilizes different materials in its movement that have reduced friction to a minimum. In fact, the brand claims that this reduction of friction should allow the movement to be “guaranteed for 50 years” due to the fact that it does not need lubrication. I’ll get into the details of it a little bit more, but it’s a fascinating development that only 50 people will get to enjoy for now, since that’s the number of pieces that will be made in this limited edition run.
The sandwich dial (black for both stainless-steel variations, anthracite grey for both rose-gold versions) includes a sun-brushed complete (satiné soleil) and beige Super-LumiNova. The Panerai Luminor Because 3 Days 42 mm in stainless steel (PAM676) is powered with the hand-wound P.1000 fabricate caliber; the rose-gold version (PAM677) by the skeletonized P.1000/10. The case measures 10.5 mm in height and can be equipped with a sapphire crystal both on the front and also on the back.The bigger Panerai Luminor Because 3 Days 45 mm in stainless steel (PAM674) is powered with the automatic P.4000 manufacture caliber. On the flip side, the rose-gold variant (PAM675) by the skeletonized P.4000/10 comprising a 22k-gold oscillating weight and clous de Paris decoration. The power reserve is 3 times, as indicated by the model name.The Luminor Since collection is scheduled to be in stores starting in mid-September; list prices are $8,100 for the hand-wound PAM676 in steel, $21,100 for the rose-gold PAM677.
The Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 watch is able to make its 50-year promise due to four innovations utilized in the new P.3001/C Calibre movement. The first of these innovations is the use of dry lubricated barrels, in which the two mainspring barrels have a multi-layer coating with a final layer of DLC. Then, there is the silicon escapement which is predominantly made of silicon and also has an uppermost coating of DLC. Thirdly, the main bridges and plate are done using a low-friction composite material that integrates Tantalum-based ceramic and removes the need for additional lubrication. This reduces the need for jewels and their requisite lubrication because pivot friction is already minimized due to the composite’s high carbon percentage. As a result, only four jewels are used and they also have a DLC coating on them eliminating the need to further lubricate the Incabloc shock system.
The manual wind P.3001/C Calibre movement has, as I mentioned, four DLC covered jewels and operates at 21,600vph. Power reserve is, you guessed it, three days between two barrels. Something else worth mentioning is that there is a seconds reset function, so when the time is being set the balance stops and the seconds hand returns to zero.
Moving on to the Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 dial, Panerai coated it with carbon nanotubes. What this has done is that it essentially allows the dial to absorb more light and reduce reflection while enhancing the blackness of dial and making the blue Superluminova on the hands and markers look even more vivid. Since they couldn’t print or stamp on the dial, the text and figures are applied straight onto the crystal which then has the double-antireflective coating applied.
Just one year ago, when Panerai launched the Luminor Due, it had been well-documented I wasn’t convinced about this brand new, second chapter to the much-loved Luminor collection. To come to grips with it and see what it’s like in the metal, I made a decision to examine the Panerai Luminor Because 3 Days Automatic PAM674, that’s the stainless steel, 45mm wide version of the four bits that Panerai debuted the Luminor Due collection with.The Luminor Due now comes in either 42mm or 45mm-wide cases in either metal or reddish gold, with the 42mm models featuring the P.1000, that will be a good-looking, small, hand-wound, “3 Days” caliber. The 45mm versions, such as the one we are looking at here, are powered with the still remarkably thin but complex P.4000 in-house quality, which also provides 3 days of power book but includes micro-rotor-driven automatic twisting to the mixture and about $2,000 to the cost. All this noted, what I first had issues with were the name and a few of the specs of the Luminor Due, so let’s see whether these beginning to generate sense in real life before we perform our routine review run-down about the PAM674.Due (pronounced “doo-eh”) means “two” in Italian, so the Luminor Due collection conveys the burden of being the next generation or second phase of this Luminor, among the most successful and recognizable (see the way I avoided saying “iconic”?) Watch collections of the century. Also, this is precisely what baffled me when I coated the Luminor Due upon its debut in May 2016.
The 49mm-wide case is water-resistant to 100M and is made of Carbotech, which is a carbon-fibre based composite we’ve seen in a few Panerai Luminor Due Replica Replica watches in the recent past. Thin sheets of carbon fiber are compressed at high pressures in a controlled temperature with a polymer called PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone), a process which binds the two and makes the resulting product stronger.
They are also available in either rose gold or stainless steel. The sandwich dial (black to the two stainless-steel versions, anthracite gray for the two rose-gold variations) includes a sun-brushed complete (satiné soleil) and beige Super-LumiNova. The Panerai Luminor Due Replica Luminor Because 3 Days 42 mm in stainless steel (PAM676) is powered by the hand-wound P.1000 fabricate caliber; the rose-gold version (PAM677) from the skeletonized P.1000/10. The case measures 10.5 mm in height and is equipped with a sapphire crystal both on the front and also on the back.The larger Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days 45 mm in stainless steel (PAM674) is powered by the automatic P.4000 fabricate standard. On the flip side, the rose-gold variant (PAM675) by the skeletonized P.4000/10 comprising a 22k-gold oscillating weight and clous de Paris decoration. As a result of the usage of a decentralized, bidirectional micro-rotor, the case measures only 10.7 mm in height. The energy reserve is 3 times, according to the model name.The Luminor Due collection is scheduled to be in stores starting in mid-September; listing prices are $8,100 for its hand-wound PAM676 in steel, $21,100 for its rose-gold PAM677.
Seeing the integration of innovative materials in watch movements is something I’m looking forward to following closely. Making the need for lubrication superfluous while boasting a 50-year guarantee is a good way for Panerai and their Liboratorio Di Idee, or LAB-ID, division to get attention, and I doubt it’s a claim they’d make unless they felt safe that it’s realistic. Personally, I don’t really care about the 50-year guarantee too much but rather am interested in seeing how well new techniques work as well as seeing how realistic their proliferation can be. Price for the Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 watch is €50,000. panerai.com
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