MORE DRESS SUIT THAN WETSUIT, THIS NEW PANERAI HAS LOST SOME WEIGHT.
In May, Panerai took over the crypt of the (deconsecrated) church of San Pancrazio in Florence for its “Dive into Time” exhibition – an exhaustive look at the history of the brand, showing significant pieces from its long association with the Royal Italian Navy and much-coveted collectors’ pieces from the back-catalogue. But it wasn’t just about the past – Panerai used the opportunity to lift the lid on a swathe of new treasures, including an entirely new collection – the Luminor Due.
At first glance the Due (as in the Italian for “two”) looks like any other Luminor, complete with prominent crown guard and those instantly recognisable numerals. But up close the differences become apparent. The Due, in steel or red gold, is available in manually wound 42mm versions or this 45mm automatic, both sporting a remarkably compact physique for the typically bulky brand.
The smaller version sits a mere 10.5mm off your wrist, while the larger automatic is just a fraction taller, at 10.7mm. Add to this slender frame the decidedly dressy sunburst dial, and the Luminor Due is a Panerai that won’t look out of place with an Italian suit, not least since it will slip with ease under the most fitted of cuffs. Still, this slim new figure comes at a price; the Due is marked as water-resistant to 30m, compared to the 100m rating of the regular Luminor – quite a change for a brand built on its diving heritage.
The Due is a promising second chapter in this tale of Italian design and Swiss technology. RRP $34,900