The perfectly curved bezel looks both elegant and masculine, while the cushion-shaped case with its tall profile (unlike the sloped 1950 version) and straight lugs works in brilliant harmony with it. The PAM561 has a fully polished case that’s not as striking as exteriors with alternating finishings may be: it is in fact a glistening mass of steel without any sharp angles, complex corners and borders, or especially fascinating details anywhere. It’s that your bog-standard Luminor case that’s attractive as a whole and at a glimpse, but not for its selfishly complicated intricacies.Of the two minor details I would still point out that go beyond mere proportions, first is the way the four corners of the midst case are curved downwards, which carries the edges of the corners off and leaves them better complement the curved dial and bezel. The second is that the profile of the crown guard – not something many will look at. Its underside side is completely level to keep it high above the wrist as you can (though at times, it will dig into the skin), although its top part is tilted upwards, towards the wearer. This, you don’t necessarily realize even when looking at the watch at a small angle, but it does add more sophistication to this over-60-year-old military design.Speaking of the component, strangely enough, Panerai chose to add a fully satin-finished crown guard on the completely polished case. This isn’t something that could stand out instantly at first look, but after seen was not something I could really get used to within the few weeks with the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561. This aesthetic element is kind of similar to an exaggerated spin on alternating finishing. I will say that, from afar, I found it possibly adds a more quality look than that which the PAM561 would have had using a polished crown shield to decide on the reflective instance. It isn’t a manufacturer or breaker of the aesthetics but rather something that I think is somewhat odd at first, but finally, justified.
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 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.