Add to all this research that Mr. Jose Pereztroika of all perezcope.com has conducted — read that here — and you will discover that the Mare Nostrum’s case layout really is nearer to what Panerai was performing at the mid-1950s, rather than in the early ’40s. Panerai includes a fairly poorly recorded history and the Mare Nostrum is a most fitting example — there is literally one actual detailed image from the ’50s, the one that you see further above, and that is about it. Still, the Mare Nostrum has definitely existed and it is for everyone to determine how much weight they give to the fact of whether Italian navy commanders were rocking it during World War II.Worry not, however, in the event that you believed this new release was likely to be massive as from some 74 decades ago, or its 52mm tribute-pieces from 2010 and 2015. This is not a new-found thing either. There were several limited editions made in Panerai’s pre-Vendome era. This, incidentally, essentially means pre-Richemont (just the titles have changed, but nothing else). On one note, “pre-V” is likely used so much because Panerai, auctioneers and fans of the brand likely much prefer calling it the vague “pre-Vendome” instead of “pre-Richemont” that mere mortal watch enthusiasts could understand.Back on subject: back in the mid-90s, Panerai introduced the mention 5218-301/A, a 42mm-wide piece that is remarkably close in its look to this brand new Panerai Mare Nostrum PAM716. It was also followed by two Slytech bits, in harmony with Panerai’s love reaching its climax with actor Sylvester Stallone — that, in fact, has done a great deal by helping expose the then-largely-unknown brand, and who remains a lover of Panerai to this day.
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.