Sandwich dials are entertaining and all, but your very first Panerai more than probably had that already, and the PAM561 is similar to your second or third in the line, as I mentioned above, in which you do need something fresh at the subtleties that render you Panerai distinct from another. The prominent “8 DAYS” marking preceding six o’clock describes the P.5000 in-house caliber — but until we proceed to that, just one more term (and also my only gripe with the PAM561) on legibility.The black numerals and the black painted palms using their off-white (although not faux vintage!) Center contrast beautifully against the sharp white dial — the lume pips and the middle of the hands turn noticeably green when it is bright outside, the famously excellent Panerai lume is indeed strong. Stay indoors for more, however, as the lume discharges (and does not get much charge from ambient lights), these components return to being white.Everlastingly very good colour comparison aside, but the only two palms on the PAM561 are just way too brief. I noticed that in official pictures but even through the excitement of unpacking a freshly obtained review unit, they stood out to me as too short — and, frankly, I don’t see why this was necessary. The minute hand falls way short of this track it’s by definition supposed to achieve, along with the hour hand sometimes only looks “missing” in the ocean of white, coming in way too short to be even remotely near the outer edge of the dial (it barely reaches halfway across).Perhaps more and thicker hands would have put extra strain on the movement, however if anything, an 8-day power reserve movement should have sufficient torque to move them thin and light hands round. I personally will go so far as to say I would have traded a day or two of power reserve for longer hands.With that, onto the movement we go: dubbed the P.5000, it’s but one of Panerai’s tirelessly expanding range of in-house movements and pretty much the most economical among them.
At SIHH 2015 Panerai Watches 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.