Luminor Due

Panerai Introduces a New Automatic Movement In Thin, Wearable Cases

August 27, 2019 Watches By
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Panerai has seemingly endless variations of its classic design, often with subtle differences, but six new models from the brand offer several notable traits. With features including titanium cases, restrained sizes, and new movements, the slew of new Luminor Due models Panerai has introduced just might be some of the brand’s most wearable watches yet.

The Luminor Due line of watches have the iconic Panerai look but with a slimmer case and dress-watch-level water-resistance of 30m — somewhat in contrast with the brand’s history of tough, chunky military dive watches. Of six total new models, three are in brushed titanium with blue sunburst dials and beige-colored lume, each in a different size with 38mm, 42mm, and 45mm versions on offer. The other three models are variously in steel or the brand’s “Goldtech” gold alloy with white dials and different sizes.

The new in-house P.900 movement features automatic winding, three days worth of power reserve, a seconds sub-dial at 9 o’clock, and is relatively thin. Unfortunately, the new watches don’t feature display case backs to view the P.900. All the new models use the P.900 except the 45mm titanium PAM00964, which uses the P.4002 with a micro rotor, power reserve indicator, and GMT function. Several of the new models measure just 38mm wide, and the thin movement helps keep the cases thin, making for an overall wearable dress watch with the iconic Panerai look.

If the ideal Panerai for you still doesn’t exist, just wait. The brand seems intent on making just about every imaginable variation, and there are now thankfully more options that are smaller, lighter, and automatic. The new Panerai Luminor Due watches are priced starting at $6,000 in steel at 38mm, a bit more in titanium at $6,900 for the 38mm version, and going up from there to $15,300 for the Goldtech PAM01045.

Gear Patrol also recommends:
IWC Aquatimer Automatic Dive Watch ($6,400)
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Dive Watch ($6,550)
Bulgari Octo Finissimo Watch ($13,300)
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