Panerai’s latest addition to the Luminor family, the Luminor Due (“two” in Italian), is also the brand’s thinnest model so far. To be more precise: the watch’s case has been reduced by about 40 percent in thickness compared to Luminor models with a similar case diameter (for comparison: the Radiomir tested in our upcoming September-October issue measures 12.17 mm). The result is a much more elegant appearance on the wrist while keeping the distinctive cushion-shaped case and crown protector of the 1950 model. The downside: given the brand’s heritage as a pioneer in the development of dive watches, a water-resistance level of about 30 meters indicates that the Due shouldn’t be worn in water, even though it uses the characteristic lever to seal the crown.
The Luminor Due 3 Days has a polished case and is available in two diameters (42 mm and 45 mm), either in rose gold or stainless steel. The sandwich dial (black for the two stainless-steel versions, anthracite gray for the two rose-gold versions) comes with a sun-brushed finish (satiné soleil) and beige Super-LumiNova.
The Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days 42 mm in stainless steel (PAM00676) is powered by the hand-wound P.1000 manufacture caliber; the rose-gold version (PAM00677) by the skeletonized P.1000/10. The case measures 10.5 mm in height and is equipped with a sapphire crystal both on the front and on the back.
The larger Luminor Due 3 Days 45 mm in stainless steel (PAM00674) is powered by the automatic P.4000 manufacture caliber, the rose-gold version (PAM00675) by the skeletonized P.4000/10 featuring a 22k-gold oscillating weight and clous de Paris decoration. Thanks to the use of a decentralized, bidirectional micro-rotor, the case measures only 10.7 mm in height. The power reserve is 72 hours, as indicated by the model name.
The Luminor Due collection is scheduled to be in stores starting in mid-September; list prices are $8,100 for the hand-wound PAM00676 in steel, $21,100 for the rose-gold PAM00677. The prices for the larger automatic versions are $10,700 for steel and $25,600 for the rose-gold version.