This is the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days 47mm, the brand's most recent addition to its historical collection. It's big, it's shiny, it has the cuff-shredding crown guard and at 47mm across has an abundance of wrist presence. So far this year the brand have dabbled with cases made from "composites", ceramic and even bronze, but the plain black dial/ polished steel case is such an emblematic combination and is so perfect that if you are considering joining the Panerai Club then you could do worse than make this piece your members card.
Once again Panerai take inspiration from the styling of classic models, for this piece they have rounded the case edges, used the vintage "Luminor Marina" branding and have added 3mm Plexiglass in place of sapphire crystal. The dial uses the "sandwich" construction - is as it sounds - two dial layers between which a generous spreading of luminous substance has been added - the top layer has the numerals and markers cut out like a stencil so when it is assembled high readability is ensured. This is a fairly plain dial, large markers, large numerals - no swirly number "9" in its place is a small seconds dial with a chubby little seconds hand.
Vintage styling on the outside then, but inside all is thoroughly modern. The Panerai P.3001 handwound calibre delivers its 3 days of power reserve thanks to two barrels and an extra large balance wheel. Fans of finely finished bridges may be astounded at the plainness of the P.3001 movement and wonder why Panerai choose to exhibit it through a sapphire crystal. This is a very contemporary calibre both technically and aesthetically - chunky bridges, clean lines, minimal decoration. On the larger of the bridges is a clever little power reserve indication which displays 0 through to 3.
The Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days 47mm (PAM 422) will be a limited edition of 2000 pieces and comes presented on an untreated leather strap with an additional interchangeable strap and tools required to change it also supplied.