Reinforcing its role as Official Sponsor of the Luna Rossa Team, Panerai unveils the next compelling chapter in its collaboration – Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm PAM 1096 (Limited to 250 pieces).
Yes this watch is pure Panerai in terms of mechanics and overall aesthetics, but it’s what’s on the dial that’s new and exciting. With its rigorous technical and aesthetic specifications, the new Luminor Luna Rossa elevates the already lofty reputation of a revered collection with the addition of a novel material: Scafotech…. Again, this might sound like a marketing gimmick, but it’s a lot more than that. The innovative and sustainable composite is made from carbon fiber residue collected from the hull and hydrofoils of the Italian team’s AC75 yacht. It has been recycled and forged into a high-tech polymer for use as the watch dial.
A material, Scafotech endows each watch dial with a singular appearance resulting from its variegated texture. The same quality is shared with Carbotech, the substance that composes the bezel, an advanced formula developed within the creative incubator of the Panerai Laboratorio di Idee. According to Panerai, the lightness, along with resistance to stress and corrosion, prepares Luminor Luna Rossa GMT – 42 mm for extreme conditions, no matter how extraordinary. You can probably tell from the process itself that this material is obviously a lot more difficult to work on than something like gold or stainless steel.
The deep, lasting connection between the Luna Rossa and the watch that pays tribute to it has been forged through key stylistic cues. The model recalls Luna Rossa with a dedicated inscription affixed to the dial and a personalized engraving present on the titanium caseback. Red (the signature colour of Team Luna Rossa) highlights on both the small seconds and triangular GMT hands really makes the dial pop. What protects the dial is a slightly convex sapphire crystal glass.
The case is nicely sized at 42mm and wears better than you would expect, with its short lugs giving it a perfect fit on your wrist. Thanks to a balance wheel fixed by twin supports, the watch is particularly suited to precise timekeeping under the rigors the Luna Rossa will endure as the team participates in the World Series preceding the 36th America’s Cup.
Though it’s the outside that takes most of the attention, the mechanical heart of the Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm PAM 1096 cannot be ignored. Caliber P.9010/GMT has been designed and developed entirely by the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. The self-winding movement is equipped with two barrels to store the energy required for a three-day power reserve and a rapid time adjustment system automatically connected to the date indicator.
Water-resistant up to 10 bar (about 100 meters deep), the Luminor Luna Rossa GMT – 42 mm PAM1096 is worn on a black alligator leather strap with tone-on-tone stitching and a titanium trapezoidal pin buckle.
A second black rubber strap is also included, along with a tool to change the straps, a screwdriver for removing the buckle and a box wrapped in personalized Panerai and Luna Rossa sailcloth.
The 36th America’s Cup begins with the Prada Cup Challenger Selection Series, scheduled between January and February 2021 in waters off Auckland, New Zealand.