The Australian - Wish Magazine - - TIMEPIECES -

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

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