Base in Panerai talk refers to a watch with only the hour and minute hands and nothing else. In addition, the watch ought to be a normal production piece (not restricted) so that everyone can have a chance of owning one in a slightly less mad cost. Panerai listened, and in 2011 replied Paneristis’ prayers together with the PAM 372 – a two hand 1950-style model that was not a limited edition.As an outcome, the PAM 372 is one of the most eagerly anticipated Panerai watches recently. It had been so hard to receive your hands on one that I just managed to get mine – this view you see here in the review – before this season. Obviously, I enjoy the watch and now I will try to explain why.Like the Fiddy, the PAM 372 also has a 47mm 1950-style stainless steel case, but with subtle differences. For starters, the situation is entirely polished stainless steel rather than brushed. However, the signature “apparatus protecting the crown” retains its brushed finishing. Furthermore, the case also includes a slightly different shape. It’s less chunky and has a cushion-shape profile that is more similar to the Radiomir watches. Additionally, it has slimmer lugs.These subtle modifications to the case has had a profound influence on how the PAM 372 looks and wears. Overall, it looks somewhat bulky, and despite its large size, I found that it fits better than the smaller 44mm Luminor 1950 watches. It is less top heavy, and sits nearer and more closely into the wrist. I’ve got smaller 6.5-inch wrists and I found that the PAM 372 to be comfortable enough to wear the whole day. That said, the PAM 372 is by no way a little watch in 47mm wide.
Just announced from Panerai is a new Luminor 1950 watch with an engraved hunter-style case made for historic British gunmaker Purdey. Panerai has previously worked with Purdey who is also under the Richemont group, and these new models are themed on Africa’s “Big Five” animals. The “hunter-style” case, which means it has a protective metal cover over the dial that opens on a hinge, is not only thematically appropriate for a collaboration with a gunmaker, but also provides a large space for the hand-engraved animal motifs. As a co-branding exercise, the Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand for Purdey seems like a very coherently conceived and executed product with a classical but macho appeal.
The Panerai Luminor 1950 Replica Luminor 1950 Sealand case has been been the canvas for other engraved Panerai watches – and mostly animal-themed, such as the “Year Of The Monkey” watch that we covered here. Panerai actually has a larger collection of Panerai for Purdey watches, but this specific collection focuses on the Big Five of Africa’s “game animals,” namely, the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant, and rhino. Gun engraving has a long tradition and distinctive style that we have seen work quite well on watches before, such as the engraved Rolex watches by Madeworn (hands-on here).
Panerai explains that the the engravings are first outlined in powdered chalk or magnesium powder, and then hand-engraved with a burin – requiring more than a week of work. The pattern found around the perimeter of the engraved area is apparently inspired by African artwork and is realized in gold inlay – along with very prominent branding of “Panerai for Purdey.” The artwork itself is in a classic style similar to that often found on ornate hunting rifles like those produced by Purdey.
The Sealand case is typically 44mm wide and water-resistant to 100m. Like other Sealand watches, the Panerai Luminor 1950 47mm Replica Luminor 1950 Sealand for Purdey models run Panerai’s automatic P.9000 movement that operates at 4Hz with a 3-day power reserve and is found across a range of Panerai offerings. We expect that the movement will be visible through a display caseback, as on other Sealand watches. Panerai has not provided images of the dial for this watch, but it will probably be in line with similar watches in their lineup, as seen above. A black rubber strap option is included, but the attached water-resistant calf leather strap will pair best with a safari suit and boots.
Guns + wild animals + hunting + large, heavy, expensive Panerai watch… If you need a shot of classy, old-timey testosterone, this seems like an good option for those with the budget. This round of new Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand for Purdey watches will be limited to 80 numbered pieces and priced at £20,500 each. They will be available only at the Purdey Mayfair boutique and online at purdey.com starting November 17, 2016. panerai.com