Although the focus seems to be on the new Panerai Luminor Due this year, with a small diameter, I like to give some attention to the new Panerai Luminor Base Logo and Luminor Marina Logo. These watches used to be equipped with the Unitas/ETA movement, but now have the new caliber P.6000 movement. Developed and manufactured at Panerai in Neuchâtel. Let’s have a quick look at these new watches.
Before I start, let me tell you that all watches are water resistant to 10 bar (~ 100 meters) and have the P.6000 movement, that offers a power reserve of 72 hours. As you can see, the dials are not the typical sandwich dials, but instead have painted numerals.
Panerai Luminor Base Logo
Three new references for the Luminor Base Logo model. This 44mm Panerai is something I consider the ‘ur’-Panerai Luminor, with no seconds hand. Just two hands, a large case and a hand-wound movement. How a Panerai is supposed to be, in my book. With the 72 hours power reserve, an in-house developed movement and a retail price of €4600 including VAT, quite an interesting proposition. Three variations are available, two with a black dial and one with a white dial. All watches have the OP logo at 6 o’clock. The PAM00773 comes with a black dial with white printing. This watch has a black strap with white stitching, a perfect match to the dial. The PAM00774 has a black dial with a blue OP logo at 6 o’clock. You will also find some blue elements in the grey fabric strap on this watch. The white dial version is PAM0775, with black Arabic numerals and you’ll find beige luminous dots above them. A very cool contrast. This reference comes on a brown leather strap.
Panerai Luminor Marina Logo
The difference between the Luminor Base and Luminor Marina is the small running seconds hand, located at 9 o’clock. The Luminor Marina version has a retail price of €4900 including VAT. The hand-wound movement is the P.6000, a hacking movement that ticks at 21,600vph. The set-up of the Luminor Marina Logo is similar to the Base Logo version. One model with white dial (PAM00778) with brown strap, and two watches with a black dial. One with a white OP logo and a black strap with white stitching (PAM00776) and the black dial version with blue OP logo and blue fabric strap (PAM00777).
All models have a stainless steel (closed) caseback, polished case and brushed (patented) crown protection system. Although I had nothing against the ETA/Unitas powered Luminor models, or the sapphire casebacks, I can see the pride in having an in-house movement in these models as well for Panerai. Especially at a price under €5000, it is an interesting proposition for many.
These watches will be available as of July 2018. More information via Panerai on-line.