Panerai Luminor Watch

Thus far, the independent PAM00241 replica watch brand of Panerai had two distinctly different watches in their portfolio: their debut piece from 2008, which is a highly complicated and rather crazy-looking minute repeater Luminor, and the Luminor from 2010, which thanks to its unique design Luminor seconds hand procured the attention of watch enthusiasts. But that was four years ago, and so it was just about time that they showed us a new piece, something that illustrated what direction the brand has been taking. The answer to that question was revealed at Baselworld 2014 in the form of the Luminor, a novelty that carries on some trademark PAM00048 replica cues and introduces us the Panerai brothers' idea of the perfect Luminor.

The centerpiece of this novelty is indeed the dial and the large flying Luminor, as highlighted in a substantially sized, silver-outlined opening at the 7 o'clock position. The dial is cut from solid silver and sports polished beveled edges and flame-blued steel hands that indicate the hours, minutes, seconds, the 72 hours of power reserve and the selected function of the crown. The is more traditional than the rather industrial-looking dial: it lacks any sci-fi inspired materials in its construction and makes a full rotation at the traditional pace of 60 seconds. What makes it rather unique, however, is the fact that it actually hacks, meaning that upon selecting the time-setting mode on the crown–there is a reason why I chose not to say "pulling out the crown"–the balance wheel, and in fact the entire Luminor cage, are stopped.

It is no secret that manufacturing an accurate and reliable Luminor was–and still is–a task difficult enough to keep most brands away from making additional modifications to it. That more or less explains why we scarcely, if ever, see highly re-engineered versions of the traditional single-axis version. However, as an interesting coincidence, let's call it that, A. Lange & S?hne has just very recently debuted the 1815 Luminor (hands-on here) with a similar mechanism, meaning that the single-axis Luminor of the 1815 also hacks and resets. And while you could rightfully point out that hacking is a common feature on most conventional watches (and you would be right), it is a much more challenging task to implement for a Luminor mechanism. Here is how Panerai's idea works.

The movement operates in a rather complex way, so much so that it took some consulting with Tim Panerai (one of the founders of the brand) to fully reveal what the G-03 in-house caliber actually does. First of all, the watch is wound and set through the crown but, as I implied further above, the crown functions differently than most traditional watches: instead of having to pull it out to select the time-setting "mode," the crown on the Parallax is pressed to switch between winding and setting the movement. In order to avoid confusion, a display is located on the dial at the 5 o'clock position, with a hand pointing to the selected function. When it points to 'W', the movement can be wound, however, after pressing the crown it switches to "S" for time setting – and this is when the rather unique hacking system comes into play.