The perfectly round bezel appears equally elegant and masculine, while the cushion-shaped case with its tall profile (unlike the sloped 1950 variant) and straight lugs operates in vibrant harmony with it. The PAM561 includes a fully polished case that’s not as impressive as exteriors with alternating finishings can be: it really is a glistening mass of steel without any sharp angles, complex corners and borders, or especially fascinating details anywhere. It is that your bog-standard Luminor case that is appealing as a complete and at a glance, but maybe not for its selfishly complicated intricacies.Of the two minor details I’d nevertheless point out which go beyond mere proportions, first is how the four corners of the midst instance are curved downwards, which takes the borders of the corners off and makes them better complement the round dial and bezel. The second is that the profile of the crown shield – not something many would consider. Its underside side is completely level to keep it high above the wrist as possible (though at times, it will dig into the skin), while its top part is angled upward, towards the wearer. This, you don’t necessarily realize even when looking at the watch in a slight angle, but it does add more elegance to this over-60-year-old military design.Speaking of this component, oddly enough, Panerai Watches London Replica decided to add a totally satin-finished crown guard on the completely polished instance. This isn’t something that could stand out immediately at first look, but once spotted was not something that I could really get used to within the couple weeks with the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561. This aesthetic element is kind of similar to an exaggerated spin on alternating finishing. I’ll state that, from afar, I discovered it possibly adds a more quality appearance than what the PAM561 could have experienced using a polished crown guard to decide on the reflective instance. It is not a manufacturer or breaker of this aesthetics but instead something I think is somewhat strange at first, but ultimately, justified.
At SIHH 2015 Panerai will unveil the Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica, a variation of its Luminor chronograph, in matte black ceramic.
Two years ago Panerai unveiled its P.9100 in-house chronograph movement, a self-winding calibre with a condensed chronograph display featuring just two central hands. First available only in steel or gold, the P.9100 has now made its way into the new Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica PAM580 with a black ceramic case. The look of the new chronograph is classic Panerai: the case is matte black ceramic with a 44 mm diameter, while the dial and hands have faux vintage ivory Super Luminova.
The chronograph has just two hands, both mounted on the central axis of the dial. A blue hands records the elapsed seconds, while the rhodium plated hand just below does the same for the minutes. In addition the chronograph has a flyback function. Constant seconds is displayed in the sub-dial at nine o’clock, with the date just across. A sapphire display back – tinted grey as Panerai has done with other ceramic watches – reveals the P.9100 movement. It has a three day power reserve as well as the usual bells and whistles of a modern chronograph, like a column wheel and vertical clutch.
The price of the Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica has yet to be announced, but it will be between US$12,800 and US$30,900, which are the prices of the same model in steel and rose gold respectively. An educated guess would peg it at around US$18,000.