Panerai Introduces Trio of Luminor 1950 PCYC Chrono Flyback Limited Editions

Three chronographs for the 2017 season of the world's premier classic yacht circuit.
Panerai Luminor 1950 PCYC Chrono Flyback PAM653 PAM654

Panerai chief executive Angelo Bonati is a keen sailor, and for that reason the watchmaker has been a sponsor of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge (PCYC) since 2004. Open only to yachts built of wood or metal before 1950 (known as “vintage yachts”) and before 1976 (“classic yachts”), as well as replicas of such yachts, the PCYC is comprised of several regattas over the course of the year.

This year’s PCYC kicked off with a regatta in Antigua, which is followed by the Mediterranean circuit in spring. Alongside the start of the 2017 season was the launch of three Luminor 1950 PCYC chronographs – a pair in 44mm steel cases, and a 47mm model in titanium with regatta countdown.

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The Luminor 1950 PCYC 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic comes in two guises, with the dial in either black (PAM 653) or ivory (PAM 654). Both share the same 44mm steel case, as well as the P.9100 movement that’s automatic and features a flyback function. And like all of Panerai’s in-house chronograph movements it has a vertical clutch and column wheel – hidden beneath a solid case back engraved with the PCYC logo.

Panerai Luminor 1950 PCYC Chrono Flyback

Panerai Luminor 1950 PCYC Chrono Flyback PAM654

Both dials have the same nautical tachymetre with a scale in knots, which can measure the average speed of a boat over one nautical mile. The black dial has Arabic hour markers, while the ivory dial has dot-and-batons indices, but both feature faux-vintage Super-Luminova.

Panerai Panerai Luminor 1950 PCYC Chrono Flyback PAM 653

Panerai Panerai Luminor 1950 PCYC Chrono Flyback PAM 654


The Luminor 1950 Regatta PCYC 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic (PAM 652) is bigger and slightly fancier. The case is 47mm, titanium and contains the P.9100/R movement.

Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta PCYC Chrono PAM652

A variant of Panerai’s in-house chronograph movement, the P.9100/R has an added regatta countdown function. The pusher at four o’clock moves the gold central minute hand backwards in one minute steps until it hits the desired countdown time.

Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta PCYC Chrono PAM652 case Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta PCYC Chrono PAM652 dial

Pressing the button at 10 o’clock starts the chronograph, which also starts the regatta countdown. The gold minute hand will proceed to countdown the minutes to the start of the race, signified by 12 o’clock on the dial, and then start recording the elapsed time after the start of the race once it passes the 12 o’clock marker.


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Price and availability 

The PCYC editions arrive in Panerai retailers and boutiques between July and August 2017. Prices in Euros are as follows:

Luminor 1950 Regatta PCYC 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic PAM00652 – €16,700

Luminor 1950 PCYC 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic PAM00653 – €12,000

Luminor 1950 PCYC 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic PAM00654 – €12,000

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Update April 28, 2017: Delivery date for the PCYC watches added.

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Introducing the Fiona Krüger Petit Skull Celebration Eternity and Enigma

A pair of skull-shaped wristwatches with hand-lacquered dials in bright colours.
Fiona Krüger Celebration Skull Black

Fiona Krüger started her brand in 2013 with a skull-shaped watch, which has since become her signature theme. Inspired by Dia de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead”, a Mexican festival that honours the dead, the wristwatch began as a project for Krüger’s postgraduate degree in luxury and design at Swiss design college ECAL.

Since then Krüger has introduced several different variations on the theme, but all revolving around the distinctive skull-cased case, including the latest additions to the line: the Eternity and Enigma.

Fiona Krüger Petit Skull Celebration Eternity and Enigma

Announced at Baselworld 2017, the pair are part of the Petit Skull collection, the smaller of the two case sizes offered by Fiona Krüger. The Eternity has a polished stainless steel case set with seven types of coloured gemstones, including diamonds and rubies, with each colour represents a day of the week, while the Enigma case is coated matte black.

Fiona Krüger Petit Skull Celebration Eternity

The Petit Skull case is still rather big, measuring 48mm long and 34mm wide, so it appears quite large on the wrist. But a height of 9.8mm as well as the skeletonized dial helps it feel slightly more delicate.

Despite the apparent size, the Skull sits on the wrist comfortably. Thanks to the lugs that are on the edge of the case back, the Petit Skull wears like a conventional watch watches. Nevertheless, the case form needs a bit of getting used to it.

Both the Eternity and Enigma share the same dial, made up of several layers. The primary layer is a polished base plate that’s PVD coated and hand-lacquered in bright colours. Over it are elements that ornament the skull, like the eyebrows. And the teeth of the skull along with the perlage-decorated “mouth” are a separate plate. Through the eyes of the skull, the balance wheel and the main spring can be seen.

The dial is painted with Super-Luminova to ensure the legibility of the hands and indices as well as creating an outline of the skull in the dark.

Fiona Krüger Petit Skull Celebration Enigma lume

Partially visible through the sapphire crystal back that reveals the hand-painted rotor, the movement inside both the Eternity and Enigma is the Soprod A10, a time-only automatic.

Photo credit Philipp Kneller

Pricing and availability

The Fiona Krüger Petit Skull Celebration watches are limited to 18 pieces each, priced at SFr22,500.


 

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