What could be more exciting than releasing a new remarkable timepiece? A new collection, perhaps? Panerai breaks through the news as a new family of watches debuts from the brand. The Luminor Due, announced at the same time as the brand's Dive Into Time exhibit, is nothing less than front-page worthy. This new series of timepieces represents the noticeable slimming of the conventionally bulky Luminor case, impeccably designed to keep all the technical virtues of the collection, while making a lighter option for wearers to select. It is more design-centric, worn as elegant dress watches that is meant to emphasize design.
One of its first models is the Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Acciaio Automatic, one of the thinnest Luminor model in the market. Its case expands up to 45mm in diameter and is only 10.5mm thick, keeping all the expansive gears inside its sleek metal case. Of course, it has other alternatives, the Oro Rosso version, which comes in a delightful red gold color, meant to allure the enthusiast with its brighter tone.
Whilst the hand-wound version is equipped with a 3.85mm thick P1000 caliber, the automatic version much more. It comes with the thinnest automatic caliber exclusively designed by the Panerai manufacture. Such feat has brought the designers to reduce the thickness by 40 percent, retaining solidarity, strength and functionality of the watch without changing the distinctive character of the timepiece. Inside the elegant steel or rose gold dial is the P.4000, the first of its kind, bearing an off-center micro rotor system completely developed at the Panerai manufacture at Neuchâtel. What makes it so special? The off-center design allows it to be created in a smaller diameter than the caliber itself; such technical ingenuous enables the thickness of the movement to be reduced. Inside, a small oscillating weight is attached within the movement, rather than placed above it, and this brilliant placement preserves all the virtues of the watch's accuracy.
It must be said that the automatic version is a bit bigger than the hand-wound one, but with great, necessary reasons. The 13 3/4 ligne in the 3.95mm thick movement beats at 28,000, boasting of a three-day power reserve.
Two versions make up this model. The stainless steel is handsomely crafted in stark colors, while the Oro Rosso version takes pride in the beautiful openwork elaborately encased at the back. A black alligator leather strap allows the watches to be placed around the wrist in the most elegant manner.