The new Panerai Luminor Chrono Luna Rossa PAM01303 is without a doubt, one of the most impressive releases from Panerai at Watches & Wonders 2021. It picks up from the 20 piece blue-dialed limited edition Panerai Luna Rossa GMT unveiled last November to celebrate the watchmakers appointment as the Official Timekeeper of the Prada Cup.
Clearly one of the most intriguing looking Luminor’s created in a while, this one features a 44mm cushion-shaped brushed steel case and a polished bezel. The crown is made from brushed steel and is protected by Panerai’s signature crown protecting device which helps the watch maintain its 100m water resistance. The lugs are curved down without overpowering the wrist. PAM01303 stands apart from traditional chronographs thanks to the placement of the start, stop and reset pushers on the left.
Perhaps the most incredible feat of the Panerai Luminor Chrono Luna Rossa PAM01303 is its amazing legibility, day or night. This is the result of the sandwich dial construction where the hour markers and the 12 and 6 Arabic numerals are filled with white Super-LumiNova with green luminescence. Other details on the dial include: a seconds counter at 9 o’clock, chronograph minutes counter at 3 o’clock, central chronograph seconds hand and a tachymeter scale on the flange designed to extend its use on land. The sub-dials are balanced, well-positioned and well-proportioned. The Red and white details, truly enrich the dial.
As for the mechanics inside this watch, Panerai relies on a new self-winding P.9200 Calibre, a tangible manifestation of the chronograph complication. The movement stands out for the presence of a single barrel that stores sufficient energy for a 42-hour power reserve.
The Luminor Chrono Luna Rossa features two bi-material bracelets with a rubber structure which ensures quality and long durability, and a technical waterproof material on the surface, a solution that makes the Luna Rossa bracelets ideal for sports activities. Also included is a tool to allow interchangeability of the straps and a screwdriver for removing the buckle. All the materials are housed in a box encased in sailcloth and signed by Panerai and Luna Rossa