Panerai was founded in Florence in 1860 as a workshop, shop and subsequently school of watch-making. For many decades, Panerai supplied the Italian Navy with precision instruments and the designs developed by Panerai during that time were covered by the Military Secrets Act.
It was only after the brand was acquired by the Richemont Group in 1997 that the brand’s timeless designs were able to be shared with the world. Today, Panerai develops and crafts its watches at its facility in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, creating timepieces with a seamless blend of Italian design flair and history with Swiss horological expertise.
The Luminor Due collection is born of historic Panerai elements given a modern versatility with its blend of sporty functionality and elegant design. True to the brand’s spirit of tireless, thoughtful evolution, the latest incarnations of the collection maintain its essential character while embracing new elements.
The collection is a study in contrasts, a play on light and dark. Each built on a foundation of the signature Luminor Due 38mm case, including the patented crown safety lock device, they reveal their beauty in starkly opposing colour palettes.
PAM01247 is rendered in a deep shade of anthracite with a polished black alligator leather strap. White Super-LumiNova™ numbers are sharply legible, while the golden finish of the hands adds warmth to the strong monochromatic aesthetic. The PAM01273 features a blue sun-brushed dial and a dark blue shiny alligator leather strap with tone-on-tone stitching.
In contrast, PAM01248 offers an ivory sunbrushed dial offset with beige Super-LumiNova™ numbers and golden hands that amplify its radiance. A polished red alligator strap adds sumptuous colour for a sense of bold extravagance.
The standout of the new additions, however, is the Luminor Due Madreperla. Using the same signature 38mm case, this timepiece has the same power and function as the other pieces, but charged with a femininity and elegance not seen before in this collection. This versatile expression of Italian style is a new aesthetic direction for the brand, with a lustrous mother-of-pearl face, and warm rose-gold hands and numbers offset by a polished red alligator strap.
The Luminor Due range includes six interchangeable leather straps in addition to a metal bracelet, adding to the versatility of the timepieces. Each piece is equipped with the Quick Release system, which allows for the strap to be removed – and refitted – by just a simple pressure on the back of the strap.
The new stars in the Panerai world are an elegant expression of the timepieces’ heritage, a nod to the foundation of Italian style and Swiss precision that has led the brand since 1860.