Panerai produces some of the most famous timepieces with a more streamlined sense of fashion. In 1860, Giovanni Panerai founded Panerai in Florence. The store was initially situated near the famous Ponte Alle Grazie bridge. Still, when his grandson Guido took over the company 30 years later, it was moved to Piazza San Giovanni for more foot traffic going by.
Guido created the Radiomir material in 1915, and Panerai was soon contracted to make diver’s pieces for the Italian Marine Military. These devices were enormous, measuring 47 mm in diameter, which is still the current standard. Because of their radioactive properties, Luminor and Radiomir were both followed by a system Superluminova substance. Panerai watches have carved out a niche in the realm of horology thanks to their exquisite construction and overall elegance, and here is the list of the most stylish models in the market today.
The Luminor Base Logo ref PAM00774 is Panerai’s gateway into the world of timepieces. It used a third-party movement until 2018 when it was given the hand-wound P.6000 in-house calibre of 72-hour power capacity two years ago. In addition, the luminescent substance is coloured onto the markers and hands rather than the sandwich dial pattern seen on costlier Panerai models, which could be baggage for some Panerai fans. On the other hand, others would find a 44 mm Panerai watch for just over $7,000 to be a surprisingly decent deal.
The blue dial on this Radiomir GMT ref PAM00945 was selected to reflect the strength of the blue of the sky and the sea. In addition, Panerai managed to create the outer part of the dial deeper than the inside to let the markers stand out even further. It’s operated by the firm’s P.4001 in-house calibre, which boasts a signal for remaining fuel and a 72-hour reserve, viewable through the open case-back. The one with a more developed arrowhead, the GMT hand, displays the time in a second-time zone, together with the am/pm display on the sub-dial at 9 o’clock. The 45 mm case is made of corrosion-resistant AISI 316L stainless steel.
If the Luminor Due follows Panerai’s tradition of significant cases, in this case, 42mm, it defies the norm by slimming down to just 4.2 mm, which is small by Panerai’s standards. This watch is made of Panerai’s Goldtech stock ref PAM01042, which combines 18K gold with platinum and copper to provide a more vivid colour while still reducing the amounts of oxidation. The white dial enhances the gold colouring smoother and lends itself to more formal events.
The name Submersible was formerly followed by Luminor, but in 2019 it became out of the family. However, it kept the Luminor Genetic code, such as the cushion-shaped case and the crown shield. Surprisingly, the OP XXXIV is hidden underneath the Goldtech and black ceramic casing rather than an in-house-produced revolution.
Panerai’s parent company, the Richemont group, created this movement to Panerai’s standards, so you get the standard 3-day battery capacity. However, the opposing coloured fabrics and very-wearable-by-Panerai-standards 42 mm case are two areas where the Italian jeweller has had some more insight.
Now it’s the sailor’s turn. The Luminor Yachts Challenge ref PAM01020 is a catch-all term for three various models of a similar boat. The Yachts Challenge was designed with the seasoned sailor in view. This watch has a bar of beautiful gold and blue colour scheme, which shouts nautical and the well-founded P.9100 movement, which can be seen from the open case-back, along with ‘PCYC’ marking and emblem.
The Radiomir GMT Power Reserve ref PAM00628 looks a lot like the Radiomir GMT. This model’s open case-back demonstrates the volume of power reserved in the spring; this Power Reserve model displays it on the dial. Aside from that, they’re almost identical watches. The movement has been modified to the P.4002, rather than the P.4001, and despite being extracted from its counterpart, it is still one of Panerai’s slimmest at 4.8 mm. Of course, we had to go for the classic beige and black colour scheme; nothing beats it.
This is yet another model that makes use of patented material, this time Carbotech. The effect of joining multiple thin layers of carbon fibre is a substance that is lighter and tougher than titanium and ceramic. It also gives this Luminor Marina Ref PAM01661 a stealthy look that few other timepieces can equal, particularly when paired with the blue highlights. In addition, the P.9010 calibre includes a small seconds clock and date slot, as well as individual hour-hand adjustment, exiting the minute hand stationary.
The reality that this Submersible Chrono ref PAM00615 is 47 mm in diameter is unavoidable, but Panerai has overcome this by choosing a titanium case to make it as smooth as possible. Its architecture dates back to 1956 when Radiomir Panerai was created for the Egyptian Navy, although that version was a vast calibre 60 mm. This Submersible uses the P.9100, which has two pushers on the left side to trigger the chronograph feature.
Panerai created the Luna Rossa Chrono Flyback ref PAM01037 to celebrate their relationship with the Italian Luna Rossa America’s Cup yacht race series. It is finished in a similar white, red, and black colour palette as the yacht and features the P.9100 calibre, Panerai’s first automated movement with a chronograph setting. The chronograph can also be resumed without having to pause it first, thanks to the flyback feature. With a 72-hour power supply, you’ve got yourself a stylish and competent wristwatch.
Watches by Panerai are made to last and are regarded as a wise purchase. The manufacturer uses only top-quality components, resulting in their offerings, making them essential for watch enthusiasts. In addition, the watch comes with a 24-month warranty against inaccuracies, starting from the time of acquisition. This does not include everyday stress and strain or harm caused by improper treatment.