Let us discuss caliber P.5000 for a Moment. It is a big motor: 2 mainspring barrels that you may readily see running in both big jewels, providing eight days of running time in 3hz/21,600 vph. The mainspring barrels operate in series, pushing torque through a really classically organized going train, with the centre wheel visible through a large cutout in the plate. I suppose technically speaking we would have to call this a 3/4 plate movement as the third wheel bridge is not actually a bridge at the usual sense of this term, but rather the result of creating the cutout. That cutout in addition to the shape of the major plate around the equilibrium give a very aesthetically pleasing, but still utilitarian effect, which is totally appropriate for what was, after all, initially meant to be an instrument lookout, plain and simple. The going train is organized so that the fourth wheel is exactly opposite the crown, which is exactly where you’d locate it into a pocket watch, and if you want a small seconds dial in which it would happen to be in one of the Angelus pocket watch powered Panerais all you have to do is conduct the wheel pivot through the dial and place a hand on it (which was what Panerai did with all the PAM 510).The equilibrium, which is held in place by a very solid looking bridge, seems a little small for the motion but again, that’s probably just because the motion’s so big; at 15 3/4 lignes, or simply about 35.7 mm, it’s a pocket — observe rather than a wristwatch grade (unless you’re in the bigger-than-average-wristwatch business, which Panerai manifestly is). Overall, we think it’s an impressive piece of work — we have used the term hardy and sturdiness is very much the takeaway belief one has of this P.5000. The screws holding the equilibrium bridge in place run through threaded kayaks onto the bridge and may be employed to adjust end-shake (the amount of vertical “play” between the ends of the equilibrium staff and the endstones of this shock-jewel assembly.
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.