Panerai Luminor Composite 3 Days PAM 386 in Ceramic
Ahead of the upcoming SIHH 2011 industry event, the Italian-based brand has announced its new Panerai Luminor Composite PAM 386 automatic watch offered in a scratch-resistant ceramic case. Measuring just 44 millimeters in width, the new watch seems to be more, um, wearable than the last year’s ceramic model, while still retaining its heavy masculine presence and offering clean, easily recognizable design of its dial.
While the original Panerai Radiomir Composite Marina Militare 8 Giorni P2002 47mm (PAM339) that was introduced exactly a year ago was powered by a manufacture-made Panerai P.2002/7 Calibre hand-wound movement, the new model comes equipped with an automatic P.9000 caliber, which is also made solely in-house.
The automatic winding comes at a price, though.
While the P.2002/7 sports three mainspring barrels providing for a total power reserve of eight days, the P.9000 is featuring twin-barrel design and is running for mere 72 hours.
Well, that’s still enough if you plan to wear the watch on office days, replacing it for weekends with the gorgeous Panerai Luminor 1950 Equation of Time Tourbillon Titanio (PAM365) while cruising the Mediterranean Sea on your 100-feet motorboat.
Most watchmakers of Swiss origin tend to decorate their movements with perlage (aka circular graining,) engine turning or, at least, Geneva stripes. Not so with Panerai. This military-styled watch sports its engine with solemn brushed steel with a minimalistic corporate logo on the oscillating weight.
Although both movements are of the same diameter of 31 mm (13.75 lignes,) the new watch is offered in a significantly smaller case of 44 mm, which makes it more of a wearable accessory, rather than a collector’s item.
If you compare the two models, you will notice that both sport almost the same styling, however the Panerai Luminor Composite PAM 386 comes in a signature Luminor case with the patented winding crown guard and sports a small date window at 3 o’clock, where the PAM 339 had the famous “Otto Giorni Brevettato” (“Eight Days Power Reserve”) logo.
The rest, including the case and the trademark sandwich-type dial, are absolutely identical.
Panerai Luminor Composite 3 Days PAM 386 44 mm automatic watch specification
Price: N/A, Around €7000
Movement: Panerai P.9000 Calibre, automatic, 197 parts, 31 mm in diameter, 7.9 mm thick, 28 jewels, two mainspring barrels, 28,800 vph, in-house
Functions: Hour, minutes, small seconds, date
Power reserve: 72 hours (3 Days)
Case material: Ceramic
Bezel material: Ceramic
Case shape: Cushion
Case size: 44.0 mm
Case height: N/A
Hands: Steel, black
Water resistance: 300 meters
Strap: Brown leather strap with large composite buckle
Crystal: Sapphire, AR-coated
Case back: Sapphire
Tags: 3 Days, 300 m, 44 mm, Automatic, ceramic, Composite, date, Luminor, Officine Panerai, P.9000, PAM386, Panerai, SIHH 2011