Weekly Watch-by Priyanka Sippy
In this week’s edition, we feature the New Luminor Sealand-44mm from Panerai.
Easily amongst the world’s most popular watch manufacturers, Panerai boasts of an enormous fan following and is a brand revered amongst watch aficionados. Originally founded as a watchmaking workshop, shop and school with a Florentine legacy, Panerai supplied the Italian Navy and its specialist diving corps with precision instruments, for many years. These timepieces have been available internationally only since 1997, after the brand was acquired by the Richemont Group. Panerai movements and watches are now devised and developed at its Neuchâtel manufacture, combining Italian heritage and design with Swiss horological expertise.
Launching this 25th, the brand reveals the new Luminor Sealand – 44 mm, a special edition to commemorate the Year of the Rat in the Chinese Zodiac. Having started this tradition in 2009, with a timepiece dedicated to the Year of the Ox, this is the 12th Panerai Luminor Sealand model and marks the end of the 12- year dedication in which each year is distinguished by a sign of the zodiac represented by an animal.
This stunning timepiece has the animal represented on the steel cover of the Luminor Sealand – 44 mm, a special edition of 88 units decorated using the ancient technique of sparsello.
A characteristic feature of every Sealand, the decorated cover – with a signaling mirror inside – is hinged at 12 o’clock on the brush-finished AISI 316L steel case of the 44-mm model. This artistic and utilitarian element also protects the dial. The adornment on the cover has been hand engraved by Italian master craftsmen using the ancient art of sparsello, named after the tool, a tiny scalpel,used to make incisions. The indentations are then filled with gold threads which are meticulously hammered in. The painstaking procedure takes approximately 50 hours of work per timepiece.
The mechanical movement of the new Luminor Sealand – 44 mm is the P. 9010 Calibre with a power reserve of three days provided by twin spring barrels, and rapid time adjustment which also changes the calendar. The gorgeous gray dial, with a sun-brushed central section, has printed Arabic numerals and hour markers with applied luminous Super LumiNova dots with green luminescence.
With automatic winding, 6 mm thick, and water-resistant to a depth of 10 bar (about 100 meters), the new Luminor Sealand – 44 mm comes with a semi-matt calf strap in a gold color with a beige stitch detail.To dramatically change the look, a second strap of black rubber, with a special tool for changing the strap and a screwdriver to remove the buckle, is an added appeal.
Sleek, artistic, complicated and a collector’s edition, this timepiece has it all.