The case of the Luminor Due, first presented in 2016, has been subtly remodelled in these four new models that represent the most contemporary interpretation of the inimitable Panerai design, using a wide range of materials, sizes, colours, and technical solutions for watches that are appropriate for every situation
The case of the Luminor Due, inspired by the Luminor case of the 1950s but elegantly redesigned, is the thinnest and most versatile of those created by Panerai – the result of a successful collaboration between Panerai’s designers and engineers.
Luminor Due 3 Days
Two of the new Luminor Due watches house hand-wound movements and a power reserve of three days: one is a lighter sports model, with a titanium case and a blue strap and dial, while the other more elegant and sophisticated edition comes in red gold with an ivory dial and a finely skeletonised movement.
The Luminor Due 3 Days, available in brushed titanium with a polished bezel (PAM00728) or in polished red gold (PAM00741), has a 42 mm case and is only 10.5 mm thick – nearly 40 per cent less than the models of the same diameter in the Luminor 1950 collection, making the timepiece much more versatile and suitable for even the most elegant occasions, without altering the identity, proportions, and distinctive features of the iconic case and its classic bridge with the lever device protecting the winding crown.
The dial of the Luminor Due 3 Days, extremely legible even when there is little or no light, has a minimalist design in which the small seconds hand at 9 o’clock stands out. In the titanium model the dial is blue, with the sandwich structure and satiné soleil finish, while that of the red gold model is a sophisticated ivory colour with contrasting blue figures. The sapphire crystal porthole in the back showcases the P.1000 in-house movement, hand-wound with a power reserve of three days.
In the Luminor Due 3 Days Oro Rosso, the calibre is the sophisticated, skeletonised P.1000/10 version, where the large brush-finished bridge that covers more than half the surface of the calibre – including the two spring barrels that provide a power reserve of three days and the balance beneath the bridge mounted on twin supports to ensure greater reliability and stability – has been skeletonised.
The P.1000 movement also includes the device that stops the balance and zeroes the seconds hand when adjusting the time (seconds reset), for perfect synchronisation of the watch with a reference time signal.
Both the 3 Days watches are finished with blue alligator straps – darker for the titanium model and lighter for the model in gold – and are water-resistant to 3 bar. The soft strap, designed to fit every wrist, is easily and quickly replaced thanks to the system patented by Panerai that enables the strap bar to be removed easily by means of a little push-piece positioned under one of the lugs.
Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic
The Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic is now available in two new versions with a 45 mm case: in titanium, with a blue dial and an alligator strap of the same colour (PAM00729), or in AISI 316L stainless steel with an anthracite dial and a brown alligator strap (PAM00739).
Both models use one of the most sophisticated movements from the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, the P.4000 automatic calibre, with a power reserve of three days and off-centred rotor. Compared to the Luminor 1950 model of the same size, both these creations are significantly thinner and lighter, thanks to the ingenious structure of the calibre and the designers who have reduced its thickness.
The most distinctive feature of the P.4000 calibre, clearly visible through the porthole opening in the back, is the off-centred micro-rotor which rotates in both directions, winding up the two spring barrels that can store a power reserve of three days. The balance bridge has twin supports, safer and stronger than the usual cantilever bridge, and the watch also has the device which stops the balance when the winding crown is pulled out, so that the watch can be perfectly synchronised.
In the steel version, the P.4000 calibre is the fascinating P.4000/10 skeletonised version, with an oscillating weight of 22-carat gold decorated with clous de Paris. With a circular brushed finish and gilded engraving, the bridges are skeletonised to enable a large part of the movement to be seen. In the titanium edition, the oscillating weight is made of tungsten, very suitable for this purpose because of its high specific weight.
The dial of the new Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic has the sandwich structure, satiné soleil finish, and minimalist design, with figures at the cardinal points, bar hour markers and the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock. The water-resistance of the two models is guaranteed to 3 bar.