Already famous for its inimitable design, a trademark that produces stunning pieces, Officine Panerai keeps ranking high in the watchmakers order, as quality and aesthetics form beautiful and desirable products.
This particular one is driven by the automatic mechanical P2003 calibre, manufactured entirely in-house, working with 25 jewels and offering an impressive 10 days power reserve. Beside this overwhelming aspect, the functions list seems interminable: small seconds, date (at three o`clock), GMT (at nine o`clock) with a useful distinction AM/PM, a 10 days power reserve indicator located just above the 6 o`clock Arabic numeral, seconds reset function and a grateful 100m water resistance.
And although you may expect that all this functions will be translated on a crowded dial, you will witness the actual prove that great movements can fusion with simple but impeccable design, transforming this watch into an emotional piece of art. Because on the 44 mm brushed stainless steel case with a matching brushed steel crown protector, the black dial succeeds to accommodate all the functions in an unstrained manner, a few imaginary lines creating a straight geometry that steer the eye of the user in the desired direction. And with the luminescent hands and hour markers, the utility is achieved once more, in a way that seems so easy to do, but that hides dozens and dozens of hours of hard work and craftsmanship.
On the wrist you will find that this iconic shape of the Luminor Panerai wears comfortably, because although the lugs are short, they make the case more compact and don`t have annoying edges that may feel uncomfortable. The alligator strap with ecru stitches and the simple, brushed steel pin buckle will transform this piece from a sport one into a casual/elegant watch, although the 100m water resistance keeps it sporty enough to wear it anytime and anywhere. Of course you can change the straps, choosing a rubber or a steel one, a fact that also sustains this piece versatility.
The vintage look is another characteristic of almost all Panerai watches and it is, perhaps, the main design feature that makes these watches so attractive. The curved sapphire crystal that covers the dial revives the original retro model and the Luminor membership is proven by the sandwich style dial with two layers. The stencil is set on the Super Luminova layer, the outcome being an outstanding legibility by night.
The GMT hand is black oxidized and blends in the color of the dial, with the purpose of not interfering with the usual, main reading of the watch.
The device protecting the crown is another legacy from the original model, patented in the 50`s. Once the lever released, you can access the crown and easily do all the necessary settings.
Through the sapphire crystal exhibition case back you can see for yourself the wonders of this caliber.
So what you get with this watch, setting aside the flawless capabilities of the caliber, translated in multiple functions, is a viable alternative to a any sport watch, as Officine Panerai has proven itself to be able to deliver high-end technology due to the in-house movements, but also to honor its history working on some original designs without precedent in our days watch market.