Watches: Panerai Special Edition Set Luminor Black Seal & Luminor Daylight PAM785 (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on September 30, 2014
Officine Panerai has decided to drive all the Paneristi crazy with a Special Edition set consisting of two models inspired by two of the watches most representative of the pre-Vendôme period!
It is in 1993 that the first Panerai watch not made exclusively for military use hit the market. From there to the acquisition by the Richemont Group in 1997, the brand only produced few hundred watches. Known as the pre-Vendôme models, these timepieces are the Holy Grail for Panerai’s collectors and always hit astronomical prices when they appear at an auction.
It is also during this period that American actor and keen watch collector Sylverster Stallone ordered two special models named the “Luminor Black Seal” and the “Luminor Daylight” in 1996. Both watches epitomise the style of the very rare Panerai watches from this period and have been selected by the brand for a beautiful trip down memory lane in the form of a two-watch set limited to just 500 units.
Presented in a box of pear wood typical of the brand, the new Luminor Black Seal 8 Days and Luminor Daylight 8 Days are paired with a model of the human torpedo used by the divers of the Royal Italian Navy on a teak base as well as a rare publication about the military equipment of the special forces of this Royal Italian Navy.
Although both models share the same 44 mm Luminor case with its iconic bridge device with pressure lever to protect the crown and help ensure the water resistance to 300 meters, they could not be more different. One could even say that they are literally “day” and night” as the Luminor Daylight 8 Days features a stainless steel case with a white dial and the Luminor Black Seal 8 Days boasts a DLC-coated case paired with a black dial.
The design of the dial for these time-only models featuring the brand’s well-known small seconds at 9 o’clock is also characteristic of the variety offered by the brand: the Luminor Daylight 8 Days presents a distinctive black minute track and black Arabic numerals at all positions save 9 o’clock with oversized “3”, “6” and “12”. The face of the Luminor Black Seal 8 Days is more minimalist with simple baton hour markers except for the “3”, “6” and “12”. The luminescent inscriptions are ecru on this timepiece and contrast nicely on the black for an optimal legibility.
The sealed case back of both watches is in stainless steel surrounded with the usual “Officine Panerai Firenze” inscription and features the brand’s original logo in the middle. It hides the fact that although past-oriented in terms of design, these two watches incorporate the very best of Panerai’s 21st century expertise. These stunning watches are indeed powered by the P.5000 calibre designed and made in the Neuchâtel manufacture. Thanks to two spring barrels connected in series, this impressive manually-wound movement offers eight days of power reserve. Its solid construction with two plates covering most of the wheelwork ensures the ruggedness of the brand’s initial models.
To safely secure these fine timepieces to the wrist, Officine Panerai opted for a new dark brown leather strap with contrasting ecru stitching and a vintage look perfectly suited to these models. It is secured by the brand’s large size pin buckle in steel or black DLC steel depending on the version. The set also includes two spare straps identical to the original and the screwdriver all Paneristi know how to use.
I think I don’t need to convince a single Panerai aficionado that this is clearly a set they have to book immediately with their preferred Panerai boutique as they will sold out in absolutely no time and would be seriously missed in a collection…
For more information please visit the Officine Panerai web site.
A few live pictures of the set taken at Watches & Wonders 2014: