If you want this motion and case dimensions but with vintage styling, the PAM590 is your pick, however, the P.5000 also comes in the 45mm Radiomir situation for the exact same cost (CHF 5,700). This is to say you’ve got an unusually large number of choice options to the PAM561 making it easier (or harder?) To find one that matches your taste more. Add to this the innumerable strap choices and you do get a mind-numbing number of variations — maybe a few too many, even.Overall, the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is a fun, if not exciting watch in the Panerai Luminor stable and one I wouldn’t mind wearing for an even more extended period of time. This noted, I do not think it’s everything going for it to be a keeper, similar to a refreshing addition that you wear then sell to move onto the next Panerai that tickles your fancy — since that is often how it functions, which isn’t always a bad thing.The utilization of materials in innovative and beneficial ways is the present “space race” in modern mechanical watches, and Panerai wishes to demonstrate that it is no slouch in this arena. The brand-new-for-2017 Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 watch uses different substances in its motion that have reduced friction to a minimum. In reality, the brand claims that this decrease of friction must allow the movement to be “guaranteed for 50 years” due to the fact it doesn’t require lubrication. I’ll get into the particulars of it a tiny bit more, but it’s a interesting development that just 50 people will get to enjoy for today, because that is the variety of pieces that will be made within this limited edition run.The Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 watch is able to make its own 50-year guarantee due to four innovations utilized from the new P.3001/C Calibre movement. The first of these innovations is that the use of sterile lubricated barrels, where the two mainspring barrels possess a multi-layer coating using a last coating of DLC. Then, there is the silicon escapement which is predominantly made of silicon and also has an uppermost coating of DLC.
Panerai has announced a 500-piece limited edition Luminor Base Logo for the 15th anniversary of Paneristi, the brand’s enthusiast community website.
Paneristi is the Panerai enthusiast website, one that has created a community, in the truest sense of the word, dedicated to Panerai. For the 15th anniversary of the site, which was founded in 2000 by Guy Verbist, Panerai has created a limited edition Luminor Base Logo (PAM00634) with a blue OP at six o’clock. The third Paneristi edition – after the PAM195, PAM360 and PAM532 – the 15th anniversary PAM634 is a Luminor equipped with the hand-wound OP I movement (which is essentially a Unitas 6497) behind a solid case back. Notably the case back is a snap-on case back, a first for a Luminor, instead of the screw-down back typical of Panerai and other dive watches. Another feature traditionalists will bemoan are the spring bars for the strap, yet another first, instead of the traditional screwed bars synonymous with Panerai.
This is the first Paneristi edition that does not have a black PVD coated case, instead the 44mm case is polished steel with “Paneristi” engraved on the crown lever.
Another feature unique to this edition is the blue OP logo at six o’clock. Though this is the first for a dial, the blue logo has been used widely in the SIHH 2015 collection on straps. And the Super-Luminova on the dial is ivory, approximating the look of tritium-dial, Pre-Vendome Panerai watches from the 1990s. The PAM634 is limited to 500 pieces with a retail price os US$4200, which is slightly less than the US$4900 retail price of the PAM000 “logo”, the equivalent watch from the regular collection. Intended primarily for active members of Paneristi, the PAM634 order process can be found on the forum. Source: Paneristi Update June 29, 2015: Edited to include snap-on back and spring bars.