Since its revival in the early 1990s as a consumer brand, Officine Panerai has expanded its portfolio of timepieces, all of which spring from the robust, utilitarian models the Florentine company produced for Italian naval divers in the 1940s, to encompass a wide variety of complications, colorways, sizes, and case materials. Missing from Panerai’s regular lineup, however, has been one of the most horologically ambitious complications, the perpetual calendar. Recently, Panerai finally unveiled a perpetual calendar version of its flagship Luminor model, and as one would expect, it’s impressively distinctive in its design and functionality while still being definitively Panerai in its overall execution.
The Panerai Luminor Perpetual Calendar Goldtech (PAM00742) is one of two new timepieces equipped with the newly developed Panerai P.4100 movement, a self-winding mechanical caliber created at Panerai’s Laboratorio di Idee in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. (The other is a Platinumtech version with a green dial, for which photos were not yet available.) The 44-mm case is constructed from Panerai’s proprietary Goldtech alloy and features the familiar cushion shape and patented Safety Lock crown protection device that helps ensure a 50-meter water resistance. The case middle is brushed while the bezel has a polished finish; the gold tones of the case as well as those of the hands contrast with the sun-brushed blue “sandwich” dial, which is minimalist and eminently legible in its layout despite the multiple functions enabled by the perpetual calendar movement: hours and minutes, plus a GMT hand in the center; the day and date in a double window at 3 o’clock, and a combined small seconds/day-night indicator at 9 o’clock. The only obvious indication to the timepiece’s inner complexity is the Italian-language “Calendario Perpetuo” inscription at 6 o’clock.
While the key calendar indications are kept to a minimum on the dial, they are cleverly on display on the rear side of Caliber P.4100, which is visible through a sapphire pane in the caseback. The month, year, and leap year status, plus the remaining power reserve, are all subtly represented on the movement, along with an off-center gold micro-rotor that winds the mainspring in dual barrels for a power reserve of up to three days. Also speaking to Panerai’s user-friendly approach to watchmaking, the movement allows adjustments to the day, date, month and year directly via the crown — no tools or correctors needed — even at the end of a month or right before midnight. Like the majority of Panerai in-house calibers, this one features a stop-seconds reset function and a device to stop the balance wheel.
The Panerai Luminor Perpetual Calendar Goldtech is delivered with two deep blue-colored straps, one in alligator leather with ecru stitching, the other in rubber, both with a trapezoidal buckle in brushed Goldtech to match the case. A screwdriver to remove the buckle and change the strap is also included. A limited edition of 270 pieces, the watch in Goldtech retails for $47,200; the Platinumtech version is limited to 100 pieces and priced at $67,800.
|Manufacturer:||Officine Panerai, Route de Pierre- à-Bot 87, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland|
|Functions:||Hours, minutes, small seconds, day, date, month, year, leap year, GMT, power reserve indication, perpetual calendar|
|Movement:||Panerai Caliber P.4100, automatic, 55 jewels, frequency = 28,800 vph, power reserve = 72 hours (three days), Glucydur balance, two barrels, seconds reset, stop balance wheel function, micro-rotor|
|Case:||Goldtech case with brushed case middle and polished bezel, Safety Lock crown protection device in Goldtech, sapphire crystal formed from corondum, sapphire exhibition caseback, water resistant to 50 meters|
|Bracelet and clasp:||Deep blue patina alligator strap with Goldtech trapezoidal buckle, additional strap in blue rubber|
|Dimensions:||Diameter = 44 mm|