In his new movie The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone wears the Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante (PAM332). Panerai will produce only 500 examples of the chronometer-certified special limited edition, which features a split-second chronograph that counts down the 5 minutes to the start of a yacht race.
The DLC-treated Luminor case measures 44mm in diameter, and DLC treatment has also been extended to the three buttons, winding crown and trademark lever bridge which protects the crown and ensures its watertight seal. Waterproof to 100 meters or 10 bar, this watch has a screw-down back plate which is burnished and engraved with the logo of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, along with the edition year and the model’s identifying numbers and production number. The Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge brings together magnificent yachts from days gone by, restored to their former glory and ready to do battle in a series of regattas on an international circuit, with stages in the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
The Regatta Rattrapante dial is covered by 2-mm thick anti-reflective sapphire glass and has a black clou de Paris background: a close-knit weave that gives an impression of depth and highlights the two Arabic numbers and the stud hour markers, luminescent like the hands except for the first of the two chronograph markers, which is blue with just a tiny luminescent point on its tip. The tachymeter scale is imprinted into the raised edge of the dial, while the five minute countdown is also highlighted in blue, shown on the minute counter square.
The Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante has automatic OP XVIII calibre movement, 13 ¼ lines in diameter, with double column wheel – distinctive elements of high-quality rattrapante chronographs. The rattrapante or split-second chronograph allows timing of two events starting at the same time, thanks to a second hand that can be stopped and then realigned with the first while the latter continues its course. The third button, at 8 o’clock, stops and realigns the second hand. With its polished decorated surfaces and levers, the Regatta movement also has official C.O.S.C. certification.
The new Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante has a leather strap with burnished buckle bearing the Panerai logo. It comes complete with a spare strap that can be fitted with the tool provided.
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