Panerai’s New Luminor

by Time&Style Staff

RS-6Like past Luminor icons, this latest piece features the same classic layout so integral to Panerai design. Though the greatest departure in styling -and in-turn function- is the left-handed layout. This is no new innovation though, as left-handed watches have a place in Panerai’s history. The story goes that several commandos in the Italian Navy opted to wear their watches on the right wrist (left-hand style) for convenience, since they often had to wear several instruments along both wrists at once. For these soldiers, Panerai created a watch with the winding crown on the left and so, the winding crown and crown-protecting device on this latest Luminor are at 9 o’clock instead of the typical 3 o’clock spot.

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Another tribute to the past is the cusped shape of the caseband, which evokes the form of a cushion case. While it’s a small detail, this design nonetheless marks the transfer of a classic cushion case to the Luminor from Panerai’s other iconic timepiece, the Radiomir, which was created in 1936.
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The clarity of the Luminor’s black dial is enhanced by a sandwich structure comprised of two superimposed plates enclosed on a layer of Super-LumiNova, said to guarantee a high degree of luminosity. Movement is courtesy of a hand-wound P.3000 calibre featuring a three-day power reserve. With a diameter of 161/2 lignes, the calibre features wide bridges, two spring barrels and a 13.2 mm- diameter balance. A natural, untreated leather strap adds to the classic look and feel of the PAM 557 Luminor 1950 Destro 3 Days and it’s fastened by a brushed steel buckle that’s inspired by period models of the past.