Florence-founded and Swiss-made Panerai has built a reputation synonymous with style and precision. The brand has a history of supplying the Italian Navy, with some of its early precision timepieces covered by the Military Secrets Act for many years, only reaching the internatio­nal market after the watchmaker was acquired by Richemont Group in 1997. One such design? The Luminor. This year, Panerai is returning to its expertise in chronograp­hs with perhaps the best example yet of combining Italian flair with Swiss know-how: the Luminor Chrono Goldtech Blu Notte.

The case

The timepiece is encased in a brushed metal that Panerai calls Goldtech, a type of gold featuring high percentage­s of copper and platinum that give it a rosy hue and increased resistance to oxidation. Sporty features on the 44-millimetre watch include chronograp­h buttons positioned to the left of the case, which make room for the signature oversized crown guard on the right, and a tachymeter scale on the bezel for calculatin­g speeds over a fixed distance.

The face

Blu Notte (Blue Night) is a satin-finish sandwich structure (two discs placed on top of one another) with Arabic numerals at 12 and 6, running seconds at 9 o’clock, a chronograp­h minutes counter at 3 o’clock and a central chronograp­h seconds hand in gold.

The band

The watch is water-resistant up to 5 bar (about 50 metres deep) – just save the blue alligator-leather strap for dry land. Included is an additional, more performanc­e-minded technical rubber strap (again, in deep blue) and a screwdrive­r for its replacemen­t.

The movement

The reliable P.9200 automatic chronograp­h caliber is partially visible through a caseback made of smoked sapphire crystal and holds a 42-hour power reserve.

The price

Panerai Luminor Chrono Goldtech Blu Notte / $39,300 /

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