Panerai Luminor Watch
16 January, 2015 at 5:38 am in Buy & Sell
Here is a nice new piece from breitling A1732024/B868 replica that you can't get. Panerai will produce these Luminor watches for a select group of "pre-selected" military personnel to get one - basically for one squadron as I understand it. The pieces will be highly limited as well. Each Panerai Luminor will be limited to just 50 pieces, and it comes in a few versions if I understand correctly.
The watch is meant to honor the replica panerai 1950 cargo plane. I don't think there was ever a cooler looking cargo plane than the Luminor III. This is probably one of the most modern planes that a watch has been based on. Usually it is a historic plane that gets the "timepiece treatment." Panerai, a primarily aviator watch brand, is said to have worked closely with http://www.syrauto.com/elegant-hublot-big-bang-44-mm-gold-ceramic-301-pb-131-rx-cheap-watch-8d3k.html pilots in developing the watch.
Not sure about the size but I would guess in the 43mm wide range. The Trip-Tick style case is in hardened steel with a domed sapphire crystal and exhibition back. The dial is a new direction for Panerai and comes in various color tones. The face has a sort of globe pattern to it with a new style of large lume covered hands and applied hour markers. Under the Panerai logo is a little image of the Luminor plane.Inside the watch is a modified BE-54AE movement. This is a base ETA Valjoux 7750 with a GMT module on it that has been highly decorated and given a custom rotor. The automatic rotor is meant to look like a view into one of the Luminor's large jet engines. The movement is also COSC Chronometer certified and visible through the display back.
The case features Panerai's Roto-Click internal rotating bezel. Here the internal bezel has the names of various military based on it. I believe it is used as a sort of world timer, but using military bases as the reference cities in all 24 time zones. There is also a nice dedicated 24 hour scale for the GMT hand.The Panerai Luminor isn't available to the general public, but I have a feeling a version design elements of it might show up in future models. On Panerai's website the watch is listed, but only the special people the piece was made for can get it. These are certain to be collectors items in the future if you can ever get one.
The Luminor was one of Panerai's break out models and effectively offered open availability of the MBI, which is only available to pilots who had actually ejected in a Martin-Baker aircraft ejection seat and is recognizable thanks to a bright red aluminum case barrel. From a watch perspective, the MBI and Luminor are noteworthy due to their use of a proprietary anti-shock system which Panerai developed in a partnership with Martin-Baker to protect the BE-36AE movement from the extreme g-forces experienced by some pilots. I really like that the changes to the Luminor are subtle enough to make the watch easily recognizable to a collector or fan but not change the overall style or spirit of the Luminor design with additional logos or text.