This neatly leads us into the new-ish Panerai Mare Nostrum Chronograph PAM716, that has a 42mm-wide, 50 meter water resistant case in stainless steel, a blue dial with tan colored luminescent indices and main palms, a km/h bezel, and a bizarre and unusual OP XXXIII motion that’s actually an ETA 2801 using a Dubois-Depraz module for the chronograph. Add to this the fact that this being a normal tachymeter scale, some additional unit of speed would do the job just the same. Take this as a hint on how many individuals really use the tachymeter scales on their luxury watches.On a positive note, the Mare Nostrum Chronograph is one exceedingly unusual Panerai. The traditional, piston-style chronograph pushers, the tachymeter bezel, the small case size, the nicely curved, long lugs, and also the blue-tan color combination individually would make any Panerai the odd one out. This could fire back however – the Mare Nostrum has a malevolent history, with hardly any documentation or actual pieces remaining from whichever age it actually belongs — and this will raise a few flags to the cautious, super-nerdy collector who this is pretty much entirely aimed for.All this mentioned, it is good to see Panerai do something out of the normal, leaving the Luminors and Radiomirs on the side for an instant and presenting a look so rarely encountered from these — I would not be surprised (actually I hope) that Panerai is really testing the waters here, as I would really like to see more refreshing and strange layouts.
At SIHH 2015 Panerai Watch Diameter Replica 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.