Panerai Luminor watches have long been known for the patented, crown-protecting bridge device that straddles the right side of their cases. Now the brand has put this iconic silhouette to use as the defining element in an all-new steel bracelet (based on one the brand introduced in 1999), which makes its debut on this week’s Watch to Watch, the new Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio.
The breguet xxi 3817 ’s Luminor 1950 case (available in two sizes) perfectly integrates with the distinctive bracelet, which is made up of individual links inspired by the shape of the familiar crown-lock bridge device and, like the case, is constructed of AISI 316L stainless steel with alternating brushed and polished finishes. Each bracelet link integrates smoothly with the rest, without the need for screws, making for a more flexible, ergonomic feel on the wrist, according to Panerai. The case is relatively slender, owing to the use of the 6-mm-thick Caliber P.9010 movement.
The black sandwich-style dial features large, luminous beige hour markers — with Arabic numerals at 6 and 12 o’clock — and a small blue seconds hand in a counter at 9 o’clock. The date numeral, in a window at 6 o’clock, is also in beige, as are the luminous highlights on the hour and minute hands.
Panerai’s Caliber P.9010 movement, made entirely in the brand’s manufacture in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, is self-winding by means of a bidirectional rotor and stores a power reserve of 72 hours, or three days. Like other Panerai in-house movements, it is fitted with a device for stopping the balance wheel to more precisely synchronize the breitling bentley motors while setting it, as well as a system for quickly adjusting the hour hand forward or backward without interfering with the running of the seconds hand — a useful feature when changing time zones or in the event one needs to quickly adjust the date.
As stated above, the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio is available in two case sizes: 42 mm (Ref. PAM00722, water-resistant to 100 meters and priced at $8,100) and 44 mm (Ref. PAM00723, water-resistant to 300 meters, $8,200).