This is the most stripped-down watch in Panerai’s present collection and additionally, it represents the entry level cost into the world of Panerai Watch Pam 005 Replica in-house movements. It is really a rather new movement — that the caliber P.5000 was released only two decades back and back in 2013, HODINKEE creator Ben Clymer have a look at the watch in which it was introduced: the PAM 510, which has a moments sub-dial in the 9:00 position. The PAM 560 is newer than the movement — we watched it for the first time in the 2014 variant of this SIHH, and also the impression we have is that it is part of an overall move across the board to produce all Panerai watches powered by in-house movements. We haven’t spent a tremendous amount of time with Panerais really on the wrist here at HODINKEE, but the firm’s increasing reliance on Panerai-made movements made us interested to find out what kind of an impression the PAM 560 makes in person.It’s not the biggest Panerai (after all, there is the 52 mm Mare Nostrum) at 44 mm in diameter. It is water resistant to 300 meters, and there is sapphire front and back so you can watch caliber P.5000 at work. The very thick strap is kept in place by screwed-in bars along with the buckle is very much a no-nonsense affair, using a curved, broad pin that just happens to echo the shape of the lever that holds the crown set up (whether deliberate, or serendipitous, it’s a very nice touch). That combination crown-guard/locking system, as well as the completely uncluttered “sandwich” dial, is what makes the Luminor instantly identifiable.
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.