Back in January, Panerai unveiled the Luna Rossa Challenger Submersible Carbotech, which kicked off the watchmaker’s official sponsorship of Luna Rossa, the challenger of the 36th America’s Cup that takes place in 2021. And now the brand has introduced three Luminor watches – the Luna Rossa Regatta (PAM01038), the Luna Rossa Chrono Flyback (PAM01037), and the Luna Rossa GMT (PAM01036) – dedicated to the sailing syndicate, which has fellow Italian brands Prada and Pirelli as its main sponsors.
Only just unveiled at the Salón Internacional Alta Relojería (SIAR) watch fair in Mexico City, the three watches are characterised by high tech materials that also used in Luna Rossa. The watches share the same monochromatic palette, with a distinctive “sandwich dial” made up of a lower dial plate with luminous paint for the numerals that’s capped with an upper dial plate covered in sailcloth from Luna Rossa. Though each use different case materials, they all share the same titanium case back engraved with the Luna Rossa and the team logo.
Luminor Luna Rossa Regatta (PAM01038)
A dedicated yachting chronograph, the Luminor Luna Rossa Regatta is the flagship model of the range.
It has a 47mm case in Carbotech, a proprietary carbon fibre-reinforced polymer, making it massive but lightweight. First introduced in 2015, the material is produced by layering sheets of carbon with a polymer resin in between to create a light and strong composite with a woodgrain appearance.
The countdown function is measured by two central hands controlled by a pusher at four o’clock. The minute goes backwards by one minute at each click of the pusher until the desired position is reached. And once the chronograph function is activated with the pusher at 10 o’clock, the hands will indicate the minutes and seconds remaining until the start of the regatta. The five-minute countdown period is marked in red on the dial.
Hidden behind a titanium case back is the automatic cal. P.9100/R, which is a flyback chronograph movement with a column wheel and vertical clutch. This movement is slightly thicker than the regular flyback chronograph cal. P.9100 due to the countdown mechanism and a higher column wheel. Cased up, the watch measures 19.9mm high versus the regular 18.4mm thick Chrono Flyback.
Luminor Luna Rossa Chrono Flyback (PAM01037)
Measuring 44mm in diameter, the Chrono Flyback features a sandblasted ceramic case and bezel. The dial is almost identical to the Regatta, save for the tachymeter scale. It is operated like a regular flyback chronograph; the pusher at four o’clock resets the chronograph hand back to zero.
It is powered by the automatic cal. P.9100, which is a flyback chronograph movement without the aforementioned countdown function. As is standard for all Panerai movements, it is equipped with double barrels for a three-day power reserve.
Luminor Luna Rossa GMT (PAM01036)
The Luna Rossa GMT has a titanium case coated in diamond-like carbon (DLC). It measures 44mm wide and 15.65mm in height.
The dial, save for the red small seconds and GMT hands, is monochromatic; it even has a matching, black and grey date disc at three o’clock.
Powering the watch is the automatic P.9010/GMT, which is essentially the brand’s three-day automatic movement equipped with a GMT function. It features a hacking seconds function and an independently adjustable hour hand, meaning the time zone can be adjusted without affecting the minute hand.
Key facts and price
Luminor Luna Rossa Regatta PAM01038
Luminor Luna Rossa Chrono Flyback PAM01037
Luminor Luna Rossa GMT PAM01036
Diameter: 47mm (PAM01038); 44mm (PAM01037 & PAM01036)
Material: Carbotech (PAM01038); ceramic (PAM01037); black DLC-coated titanium (PAM01036)
Water resistance: 100m (PAM01038 & PAM01037); 300m (PAM01036)
Movement: P.9100/R (PAM01038); P.9100 (PAM01037); P.9010/GMT (PAM01036)
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, flyback chronograph, regatta countdown, zero reset seconds (PAM01038)
Hours, minutes, small seconds, flyback chronograph, zero reset seconds (PAM01037)
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, GMT (PAM01036)
Frequency: 28,800 (4Hz)
Power reserve: 3 days
Strap: “Ponte Vecchio” calf leather, black with white stitching
Availability: Available in boutiques from November 9, 2019
Price: PAM01038 – €23,500, or S$30,900; PAM01037 – €17,500, or S$25,700; PAM01036 – €10,900, or S$16,050
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