This is the most stripped-down view in Panerai’s present collection and additionally, it represents the entry level price into the world of Panerai Watches Explained Replica in-house moves. It is actually a rather new movement — the caliber P.5000 was released only a couple of decades back and back in 2013, HODINKEE creator Ben Clymer have a look at the opinion in which it was introduced: the PAM 510, that has a seconds sub-dial in the 9:00 position. If you’re not up on Panerai history, the usage of an 8 day movement with small seconds is an homage to this history; Panerai used 8-day movements by Angelus in a number of its oldest watches (as well as Rolex movements according to Cortebert ebauches). The PAM 560 is newer than the movement — we saw it for the very first time in the 2014 variant of the SIHH, and the impression we have is that it is a part of a general move throughout the board to make all Panerai watches powered by at-home movements. We haven’t spent an enormous amount of time together with Panerais really on the wrist at HODINKEE, but the firm’s increasing reliance on Panerai-made movements made us curious to find out what sort of an impression that the PAM 560 makes in person.It’s not the biggest Panerai (after all, there’s the 52 mm Mare Nostrum) in 44 millimeters in diameter. It’s water resistant to 300 meters, and there is sapphire front and rear so that you can observe caliber P.5000 at work. The very thick strap is held in place by screwed-in bars and the buckle is very much a no-nonsense affair, using a curved, broad pin that only happens to echo the form of the lever which holds the crown set up (whether deliberate, or serendipitous, it’s a really nice touch). That combination crown-guard/locking system, in addition to the completely uncluttered “sandwich” dial, is exactly 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.