Add to all this study that Mr. Jose Pereztroika of perezcope.com has ran — see that here and you will discover that the Mare Nostrum’s case layout actually is nearer to what Panerai was doing at the mid-1950s, as opposed to from the early ’40s. Panerai includes a rather poorly recorded background and the Mare Nostrum is a most fitting example — there is one real detailed image from the ’50s, the one that you see further over, and that’s about it. However, the Mare Nostrum has definitely existed and it is for everyone to determine how much weight they provide to the fact of whether or not Italian navy commanders were rocking it throughout World War II.Worry not, however, if you believed this brand new release was going to be enormous as from a 74 decades back, or its 52mm tribute-pieces out of 2010 and 2015. This isn’t a new-found thing either. There were several limited editions produced in Panerai’s pre-Vendome era. On a side note, “pre-V” is probably used so much since Panerai, auctioneers and lovers of this newest likely much prefer calling it the vague “pre-Vendome” instead of “pre-Richemont” that only mortal watch fans could understand.Back on topic: back into the mid-90s, Panerai introduced the mention 5218-301/A, a 42mm-wide bit that is remarkably close in its appearance to this new Panerai Mare Nostrum PAM716. It was also followed by two Slytech bits, in harmony with Panerai’s romance reaching its climax with actor Sylvester Stallone — who, in fact, has done a whole lot by helping expose the then-largely-unknown brand, and that remains a lover of Panerai to this day.
Panerai continues its series of annual Sealand editions dedicated to the Chinese Zodiac with the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat (PAM00848), featuring a hunter case decorated with gold-inlaid hand-engraving.
Fitted with distinctive flip covers over the dial, the hunter cases of Panerai Luminor Sealand watches are a perfect canvas for engraving. To be officially unveiled at SIHH, the 2015 edition of the Luminor 1950 Sealand is dedicated to the Year of the Goat, the seventh in an annual edition for each year’s Chinese Zodiac and also the first in the Luminor 1950 case. While most of the earlier Sealand watches were engraved by Purdey, the maker of precious hunting rifles, Panerai Watch 111 Replica now turns to Italian craftsman for the gold-inlaid engraving. The steel lid is first engraved by hand, and then fine gold wires are beaten into the grooves of the engraving until the image is formed in gold.
The inside of the lid has a little mirror, and beneath it is a steel grey dial that differs from the typical Panerai look. Minimalist with just a “12”, the dial has black baton indices with tiny luminous dots.
Unusually, the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat is the first Sealand watch to use the Luminor 1950 case as well as an in-house movement, the P.9000. Earlier Sealand editions used the standard 44 mm Luminor case which lacks the more complex form of the 1950. Those were also powered by a simple Unitas movement.
Available only at Panerai boutiques and produced in an edition of just 100 watches, the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat is priced at 32,500 Singapore dollars, which is equivalent to about US$26,000. Panerai isn’t alone with a Chinese Zodiac-themed timepiece, Vacheron Constantin will also present a Year of the Goat edition at SIHH 2015.