Officine Panerai is steeped in a long and fascinating horological and military history. The company’s story began with its founding by Giovanni Panerai in 1860 in Florence, Italy. By 1900, Giovanni’s grandson Guido was heading up the operation and creating watches and other instruments for the Italian Navy—including, in the ’30s, the very first military diver.
New introductions often pay homage to this history, with contemporary watches incorporating Panerai’s signature oversized cushion case and serving as faithful reproductions of models from Panerai’s archives. But the new Luminor Due 3 Days breaks from that tradition, riffing on the iconic Luminor 1950 case while slimming things down in terms of both size and weight. Think of it as a classic, reconfigured with modern wearability in mind.
Narrowing the case size from 17.95 mm to about 10.70 mm thick, the watch is the thinnest Luminor developed by Panerai. The Due 3 Days features the distinctive protected crown, as well as a layered “sandwich” dial with hours, minutes, and small seconds indicated at 9 o’clock.
Two versions are available—hand-wound and automatic—in either steel or red gold, with all four styles on an alligator strap. The new in-house calibers feature a three day-power reserve with transparent case backs, and an easy-to-wear diameter of 42mm for the hand-wound version (45mm for the automatic). Of note: the Due is only water resistant to about 30 meters. Much more appropriate for real-life endeavors than checking the time as an imaginary frogman.
The Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic retails for $10,700 in steel (PAM674), and $25,600 in red gold (PAM675). The hand-wound version retails for $8,100 in steel(PAM676), and $22,100 in red gold (PAM677). All four styles are available in September 2016.