The daring watchmaker, has created one of its most elegant timepieces ever; Luminor Due TuttoOro. And it has a top secret history…
Trusted companion of explorers
Panerai has accompanied its wearers from the far reaches of the North Pole to deep under the sea and into outer space. Its ethos is all about creating instruments that can withstand even the most extreme conditions. As such, Panerai continues to invent novel solutions to enhance their watches’ performance, push limits and defy expectations – all within the realm of design codes. The brand began life in 19th-century Florence, with a workshop, a shop and later a school of watch-making.
Its clients include the Italian Navy and its specialist diving corps, providing them with precision instruments. The designs developed by Panerai at that time (including the Luminor), were covered by the Military Secrets Act, before being launched on the international market after Panerai was acquired by the Richemont Group in 1997.
Luminor Due TuttoOro is crafted at Panerai’s Neuchâtel manufacture, blending Italian design flair with the heritage of Swiss horological expertise. Slim contours and a tailored, uncomplicated silhouette, lend the Luminor Due to both casual and formal occasions and suits wearers of any gender. The 38mm case and bracelet are forged from Panerai Goldtech™, a material integral to the brand’s styling, incorporating high copper content and platinum. Copper hues provide a deep, red tone to the metal, while the platinum content ensures its colour stays radiant and true.
The brand’s renowned crown protection device has informed the bracelet’s design. Each link takes the profile of the iconic mechanism and applications of adjacent polished and brushed finishes gives it added dimension (rectangular shapes are used for a polished finish, with rounded areas ones carrying the brushed effect).
Three days of power
The sandwich dial too is sun-brushed, sporting a gently textured surface that allows light to reflect along its surface with even the slightest motion. It displays minutes, hours, small seconds and the date and the watch is powered by an automatic calibre P.900. At just 4.2mm thick, it’s the first Panerai movement of its size to combine the date function alongside a three-day power reserve. Water-resistant to three bar (about 30 meters), the timepiece also includes a tool to allow interchangeability of the bracelet.
Panerai watches, including the new Luminor Due TuttoOro, are available via the horologist’s exclusive network of distributors and boutiques. Choose between white and a marine blue model; the latter being sold exclusively in Panerai’s own boutiques.