112 A Toast To Her­itage

Pan­erai’s Lu­mi­nor 8 Days Set is a neat have-all for col­lec­tors

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Pan­erai’s Lu­mi­nor 8 Days Set is a neat haveall for col­lec­tors

It’s a tasty bit of Pan­erai his­tory that col­lec­tors will find hard to re­sist, es­pe­cially when there are just 500 of these boxed watch sets to go around. Though the orig­i­nal com­pany was founded in 1860, Pan­erai had just be­gun to pro­duce watches for the gen­eral public in 1993, rid­ing on its leg­endary her­itage cen­tred around sup­ply­ing div­ing in­stru­ments and watches to the Ital­ian Navy from the 1900s to the 1930s. In 1996, just a year be­fore it was ac­quired by its present own­ers, the Richemont group, it pro­duced a small run of watches com­mis­sioned by Sylvester Stal­lone. These are the in­spi­ra­tion for the pair of watches pre­sented here: the Lu­mi­nor Black Seal and the Lu­mi­nor Day­light. The for­mer, in 44mm steel case with DLC coat­ing, is pre­sented for the first time in a left-handed ver­sion; while the lat­ter, in pol­ished 44mm steel case, sports a rare com­bi­na­tion of white dial with blue mark­ers and nu­mer­als.

Wa­ter re­sis­tant to 300m, both watches are pow­ered by the man­ual-wind­ing P.5000 man­u­fac­ture move­ment, which boasts an ex­cep­tional power re­serve of at least eight days, cour­tesy of the move­ment’s dual bar­rels con­nected in series. In this way, the P.5000 es­tab­lishes a con­nection to man­ual-wind­ing, long power re­serve move­ments of Pan­erai’s past. More­over, the move­ment has also been de­signed to be very ro­bust, ben­e­fit­ing from gen­er­ously sized bridges, and a bal­ance bridge, an­chored on two points.

The rest of the pack­age sweet­ens the deal fur­ther. Hous­ing the two watches is a wooden box made of pear wood, with a teak base, in­spired by the wooden boxes that vin­tage Lu­mi­nors were sold in. Also in­cluded is a model of a hu­man tor­pedo used to de­ploy com­bat divers of the Ital­ian Navy in days past; a book that de­tails equip­ment used by the spe­cial forces of the Ital­ian Navy, in­clud­ing Pan­erai watches and in­stru­ments; as well as a spare strap for each watch, and a screw­driver.

It is a de­lec­ta­ble, thought­ful pack­age con­tain­ing watches that ex­press Pan­erai’s sig­na­ture el­e­gant har­di­ness as well as can be. Ques­tion is, will they stay in the pretty box, or will they live more days on one’s wrist? MOVE­MENT Man­ual-wind­ing P.5000 with eight-day power re­serve

CASE 44mm steel; 44mm steel with DLC coat­ing, both wa­ter re­sis­tant to 300m

STRAP Dark brown calf and blue al­li­ga­tor leather with steel buckle PRICE $29,300

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