SIHH 2010: Panerai Luminor 1950 Equation of Time Tourbillon Titanio (PAM365)
Combining a 30-second tourbillon, equation of time, sunrise / sunset indicator and lots of other technically challenging complications, the new Panerai Luminor 1950 Equation of Time Tourbillon Titanio (PAM365) is the Italian brand’s opus magnum.
In fact, Panerai is just a couple of steps away from creating a real Grand Complication model that would be a sum of all of the Italian brand’s recent achievements in elite watchmaking.
If all these years you lived under the proverbial rock, I feel obliged to inform you that the Italian brand has recently made a titanic push towards becoming a real Watch Manufacture that makes its own high-grade calibers.
As you can see on the photos, besides the usual hour, minutes, small seconds and date, the watch has a pair of other indicators on its huge black dial.
At 6 o’clock, there is an equation of time indicator that measures difference between the solar and official local time. At 3 o’clock, just over the small date window, is placed a rudimentary month indicator, which is so basic it actually requires some effort to figure the current month.
A pair of more indicators is located on the inner part of the bezel. They display today’s sunset and sunrise time that are calculated depending on current date and the latitude. The latitude value is set once and for all while the prospective owner orders the watch.
Of course, there is a great deal to look at through the transparent case back of the watch.
Besides providing a good view at the subtly decorated P.2005/G hand-wound caliber (the P.2005 base movement was introduced almost four years ago, for that matters,) there is also a power reserve indicator, a 30-second tourbillon and even a map of the night sky as seen in your home town.
A real technical marvel, that.
Photos: Officine Panerai
Panerai Luminor 1950 Equation of Time Tourbillon Titanio L’Astronomo PAM365 watch specification
Price range: $220,000
Movement: Panerai P.2005/G Calibre, hand-wound, 375 parts, 36.6 mm in diameter, 11.04 mm thick, 46 jewels, three mainspring barrels, 28,800 vph, in-house
Complications: Date, month, equation of time, tourbillon, power reserve, sunrise and sunset time
Power reserve: 96 hours (4 days)
Case material: Titanium (may also be ordered in gold)
Bezel material: Titanium
Case shape: Cushion
Transparent case back: Yes, sapphire crystal caseback
Case size: 50.0 mm
Case height: N/A
Strap: Leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, corundum, 2.0 mm thick, antireflective coating
Water resistance: 100 meters
Tags: 100 m, 1950, 4 Days, 50 mm, date, Equation of Time, Luminor, manual, Officine Panerai, P.2005/G, PAM365, Panerai