Officine Panerai Introduces Luminor 1950 Equation of Time Tourbillon Titanio - L'Astronomo Watch

May 03, 2010
Internationally identified as one of the most prestigious Italian watchmaking houses, Officine Panerai knows how to fascinate its faithful admirers. Now, it is extremely pleased to introduce its new outstanding watch, named Luminor 1950 Equation of Time Tourbillon Titanio - L’Astronomo. Dedicated to the genius of Galileo Galilei, the Panerai watch represents a magnificent fusion of charismatic design and superior craftsmanship.

The most technically complicated watch ever manufactured by Officine Panerai, L’Astronomo boasts the following features: a tourbillon with equation of time, an indication of sunrise and sunset times for the city chosen by the watch wearer, as well as a depiction of the night sky of the same city on the back plate.

This exciting novelty from Officine Panerai is adorned with an elegant black dial, equipped with luminescent Arabic numerals and hour markers. It is distinguished by the brand’s signature sandwich structure. The luminous substance, integrated between two layers, ensures outstanding visibility when light becomes darkness.

The dial features a date aperture located at 3 o’clock. There is also a small dial, indicating the month with a hand. The time for sunrise and sunset is pointed by two cursors, traveling along numbered circular sectors. The resulting indications depend not only on the seasons, but also on the latitude chosen by the watch owner. The small seconds counter is nestled at 9 o’clock, where a diminutive dial reveals the rotation of the tourbillon with a tiny ecru disc.

The equation of time complication is placed above 6 o’clock. This mechanism indicates a difference between real or solar time and human perception of time. This interval differs by up to 15 minutes, either faster or slower. It is explainable by the eccentricity of the Earth’s orbit and the inclination of its axis. The time difference is immediately indicated by a linear cursor at 6 o’clock.

The new Panerai watch is designed around a manually-wound Panerai movement - P.2005/G calibre, conceived and created from A to Z in the manufacture workshops. Composed of 375 individual parts, the mechanism incorporates 46 jewels. It runs at the rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and provides a respectable 4-day power reserve.

Adding the final note of harmony to the watch is the map of the sky, presented on the lower part of the mechanism. Depending on the hemisphere chosen, the celestial disc moves either clockwise or counterclockwise. Its position is constantly updated in relation to the city chosen by the user.

The L’Astronomo watch employs a brushed titanium case, which measures 50 mm in diameter. Alternatively, the watch is offered in pink gold. The case is endowed with a bezel, crafted from polished titanium. On the front side the case is assembled with a 2 mm thick anti-glare sapphire crystal, made from corundum. The back of the Panerai Luminor watch is fitted with a transparent sapphire crystal.

The Panerai Luminor 1950 Equation of Time Tourbillon Titanio - L’Astronomo watch is accompanied by the Panerai personalized alligator strap, finished with an adjustable brushed titanium buckle. It is proposed with a second interchangeable strap, a tool to change the strap and a steel screwdriver. The watch is submersible to 100 meters.

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