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Mar 16

Panerai L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT

        Internationally identified as o the most prestigious Italian watch-making powerhouse, Officine Panerai was founded over 150 years ago in Florence, by a visionary spirit of the time, Giovani Panerai, who initiated a long heirloom of master watchmakers dedicated to creating true masterpieces of horological mastery.

        Through its very interesting evolution, the band never ceased to create outstanding timepieces characterized by immaculate quality and unmistakable sophisticated aesthetics. Nowadays Officine Panerai belongs since 1997 to the Richemont International SA Group, and continues to create outstanding wristwatches in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, using both in-house movements as well as the wonderfully decorated ETA calibers.

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        Although, at a first glance it looks, just like any other Officine Panerai model, the new remarkable Officine Panerai L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Equation of Time, or PAM 365 features a complication that will surely thrill the watches’ enthusiast connoisseurs keen on mechanical sophistication and revolutionary new approaches to traditional watch-making.

        The watch features a complication scarcely found in other mechanical timepieces- the combination between the tourbillon movement and the dual-time complication, which suffice to place this watch among the finest representatives of its kind, but this is far from what the skilled Officine Panerai engineering team has in stored for a true watch connoisseur. The zest of this timepiece is the “Equation of Time” complication that truly individualizes the watch and places it among the elite of the luxury watches.

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        The timepiece features a cushion-shaped oversized case, measuring 50 mm in diameter, which was manufactured from nicely brushed titanium, which wonderfully combined with the watch’s round polished titanium bezel, fitted 5 numerals, carved in its interior wall, between the 7 and 9 o’clock positions: 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. They function accompanied by a small pointer indicator coupled with the word sunrise and display the expected rising hour, while the opposite side of the bezel accompanied by a similar sunset time display (between 3 and 5) indicates the expected sun set hour. The timepiece features an elegant black dial, fitted with a month indicator located at 3 o’clock position that functions in connection with the mechanism that indicates the time of the expected sunrise/sunset, in order to confer the optimal accuracy of this ingenious complication.

        In addition, since the sunset and sunrise are inextricably connected with latitude, before the watch’ shipping, the skilled Panerai technicians will set the time for the customer’s appropriate time zone.

        The “Equation of Time” Complication, located above the 6 o’clock position, indicates a 30-minute, critical time interval, starting from -15 up to +15. This interval represents the difference between the real solar time, and human perception of time, which differ with up to 15 minutes, eider we perceive a slower or faster time passing due to the Earth’s particularities connected with its orbit.

        Nevertheless, it is not this, the most impressive feature of the remarkable Officine Panerai L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Equation of Time, or PAM 365. An astounded eye can discover, only by flipping the watch, a fascinating map of the sky, animated by a remarkable mechanism it precisely shows the image of the sky in every moment of the year. Depending on the hemisphere chosen, the celestial disc moves either clockwise or counterclockwise, constantly updating its position.

        Animated by a high-frequency Panerai Caliber P. 2005/G movement that oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 beats per hour providing the advantage of 4 days power reserve, moreover the timepiece comes coupled with a brown alligator leather strap or an interchangeable titanium bracelet. The remarkable timepiece is also available in a pink gold version and it comes for a celestial price tag of $220,000.00.


 
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