Versatility and wearability throughout quite a lot of wrist sizes and tastes has turn out to be a driving pressure in luxurious watchmakers’ product line extensions lately, manifesting itself in downsized variations of some historically massive fashions (Exhibit A being IWC’s high-profile launch of a 43-mm model of the Massive Pilot’s Watch; Exhibit B, Breitling’s 41-mm, three-hand Navitimer; and so forth). Panerai, a watch model strongly related to very massive timepieces, joins the get together this week with the introduction of the Luminor Marina Quaranta — at 40 mm in diameter, the smallest iteration but of the mannequin and arguably destined to be the one most interesting to a mass viewers.
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The Quaranta collection (Italian for “Forty”), will exchange the 42-mm variations of the Luminor Marina that beforehand represented the smallest case possibility, and revives a measurement that had as soon as been a part of the mannequin’s historical past. (The bigger 44-mm variations of the Luminor Marina will presumably stay the flagships of the gathering.) Except for the decreased dimensions, the Quaranta fashions all possess the options figuring out the Luminor Marina, together with the acquainted cushion-shaped case with polished bezel and brushed surfaces, the sandwich-style dial, and the patented safety-locking crown safety system on the case’s proper facet.
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The collection launches with three dial alternatives, all in 40-mm stainless-steel circumstances and delivered with two color-coordinated straps, one in calf leather-based, the opposite alligator: matte white dial with black alligator and deep brown calf; matte black dial with black alligator and black calf; and sun-brushed blue dial with navy blue alligator and “tobacco” brown calf. All of the straps are geared up with Panerai’s patented Fast Launch system for altering simply with out instruments.
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The Luminor Marina dial structure —with luminous sword arms, massive luminous hour markers and numerals, small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, and date at 3 o’clock — stays strikingly legible on the decreased measurement. Behind the dial, contained in the 100-meter waterproof case with strong brushed metal caseback, ticks Panerai’s in-house Caliber P.900, a self-winding motion holding a three-day (72 hour) energy reserve in a single spring barrel and geared up with an Incabloc anti-shock system. The motion, used beforehand in Panerai’s Luminor Due fashions, was designed to be as skinny as attainable (simply 4.2 mm) whereas nonetheless offering the three-day energy provide and the date indication.
Caliber P.900 beats behind a strong caseback.
With the launch of the Luminor Marina Quaranta, Panerai is clearly reaching out to these watch aficionados who’ve appreciated the model’s signature model from afar however have been intimidated by its watches’ sometimes strong sizes; the collection simply often is the compromise that many had been looking for. All three fashions are priced at $7,100.