If you desire this movement and case dimensions but with classic styling, then the PAM590 is the choice, but the P.5000 comes at the 45mm Radiomir situation for exactly the same cost (CHF 5,700). This is to say you’ve got an unusually high number of choice choices to the PAM561 which makes it easier (or more difficult?) To locate one which matches your preference more. Add to this the innumerable strap options and you do have a mind-numbing number of variants — perhaps a few too many, even.Overall, the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is an enjoyable, if not exciting watch at the Panerai Luminor stable and one I would not mind wearing for a much more extended period of time. This mentioned, I do not believe it’s everything going for it to be a keeper, similar to a refreshing addition that you wear and then market to move onto the next Panerai that tickles your fancy — because that’s often how it works, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.The utilization of materials in advanced and valuable ways is the current “space race” in contemporary mechanical watches, and Panerai wishes to demonstrate that it’s no slouch in this arena. The brand-new-for-2017 Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 watch utilizes different substances in its movement which have reduced friction to a minimum. In fact, the brand claims that this decrease of friction must allow the movement to be “guaranteed for 50 years” due to the fact that it does not require lubrication. I will get into the details of it a tiny bit longer, but it is a interesting development that only 50 people will be able to enjoy for now, because that is the variety of pieces that are going to be made within this limited edition run.The Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 watch is able to make its own 50-year guarantee due to four innovations used in the new P.3001/C Calibre movement. The first of those innovations is that the use of dry lubricated barrels, in which the two mainspring barrels have a multi-layer coating with a final layer of DLC. Then, there’s the silicon escapement which is predominantly made from silicon and also features an uppermost coating of DLC.
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.