Panerai reaffirms its role in the sphere of chronography with the launch of the new 200 piece limited edition Luminor Chrono Monopulsante GMT Blu Notte PAM01135. The Florentine watchmaker began perfecting its expertise in the category as early as 1943, the reference year of the Mare Nostrum project, a model designed to serve the deck officers of the Italian Navy, developed only to the prototype stage, one of which is carefully preserved in the Panerai museum in Florence. Its mastery has extended into the 21st century, with the introduction of a series of efficient, high-performance new proprietary calibres developed by the research and development department within the Neuchâtel manufacture, the legendary Laboratorio di Idee, a hub for innovation and avant-garde imagination.
The 44mm case of the new limited edition Luminor Chrono Monopulsante GMT Blu Notte PAM01135 is made from black sandblasted ceramic, based on Zirconium Oxide powder. Through a complex series of working and operations, it acquires a particularly even matt finish and provides the characteristics of hardness, ensuring high resistance to scratches. The chronograph pusher appears on the left side of the case to create equilibrium with the signature crown-protecting device, which enhances its iconic silhouette. With a transparent sapphire anti-reflective crystal and a twelve-sided screwed caseback, in titanium with black DLC coating, with sapphire glass window, the watch has a water resistance of up to 10 bar i.e. 100 meters.
The midnight blue dial with satiné soleil decoration, like all other Panerai watches since 1930, has been assembled in the classic ‘sandwich’ design wherein, the luminous material is layered between two disks. Other details include Arabic numerals and indexes in white Super-LumiNova with green luminescence, a chronograph minute counter at 3 o’clock, a seconds and am/pm indicator at 9 o’clock and a linear power reserve indicator at 6 o clock.
To support this notable introduction, Panerai harnessed its sophisticated mechanical know-how. The P.2004 calibre is a tribute to the first chronograph caliber created and developed entirely by Panerai Manufacture, a manually wound mechanical movement, the synthesis of that expertise, with functions that exceed the capacity of conventional chronographs. The Luminor Chrono Monopulsante GMT Blu Notte (PAM01135) is a single-button column wheel chronograph, which combines the start/stop/reset functions in a single push-piece. It is also equipped with the GMT function, allowing the home time and local time to be displayed simultaneously.
The watch comes with a deep blue calfskin strap with ecru stitching and a trapezoidal pin buckle in titanium with black DLC coating. An additional strap in rubber of the same deep blue hue exudes a relaxed and elegant style in any setting. To complete the offering, a tool for strap interchangeability and a screwdriver for removing the buckle are also included.