With the exception of an occasional second timezone or chronograph, Panerai is not a brand that often experiments with complications. The brand is instead known for its rugged timepieces, making it a challenge to integrate certain complications without compromising the brand’s strong DNA. However, that doesn’t mean that it cannot be done, as is proven by the Luminor Goldtech Calendario Pertpetuo.
Housed in the brand’s signature Luminor case, the watch makes no secret of its precious nature. It is crafted from Goldtech, Panerai’s proprietary gold alloy. This contains a higher percentage of copper which gives it a notably warm hue. It offers a pleasant contrast with the smoky-finished, sapphire crystal dial. The translucence of the dial reveals a glimpse of the day and date wheels underneath. It gives the model an exciting flare while still maintaining its authentically cool aura.
When you turn over the watch to admire the back, it becomes entirely clear that this Panerai is a full-blown perpetual calendar. Underneath an exhibition caseback is not only the month and leap year indication, but also the year is written out completely in four digits. The power reserve status can also be read at the back, which, when fully wound, is a generous three days. The gold micro-rotor is the cherry on top, making the Luminor Goldtech Calendario Pertpetuo a full-blown horological delicacy.
As is typical for a Panerai, the diameter of the Luminor Goldtech Calendario Pertpetuo is a generous 44mm. With plenty of room to space out the different information on the dial, the watch maintains a clean look and superb readability. While Panerai may not be top of mind when it comes to watches with complications, they are proving to be the perfect underdog in the space. The large dimensions of most Panerai watches allow for the creation of robust movements, with almost room to spare for the added functions. The dials can handle a lot of information without being cluttered, and as is evident from this Luminor Goldtech Calendario Pertpetuo, synergy can be achieved by thinking beyond tradition.
The new Panerai Luminor Goldtech Calendario Pertpetuo is available in a limited production of 33 pieces, each retailing for $83,700 in select stores and via the brand’s website.
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