New Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante 44 mm DLC Watch

Jul 01, 2009
In 2009, Officine Panerai has created a special edition timepiece inspired by the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge. The international vintage boat event, with Panerai acting as its sponsor, attracts the most incredible yachts, ready to take the challenge of competing in a series of regattas on an international circuit, in both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

The new Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante 44 mm DLC, developed as a real sailors instrument, has been produced in a limited edition of just 500 pieces. The precision of this split-seconds chronograph is guaranteed by the COSC-chronometer certificate.

The signature cushion-shaped case of new Panerai watch, 44mm in diameter , is sculptured in stainless steel featuring a black DLC treatment. DLC, standing for "Diamond-Like Carbon", improves the hardness of the stainless steel material, and significantly enhances its corrosion-resistance.

The winding crown at the right side of the case is protected by the Panerai security system, offering 100-meter water-resistance. The two buttons at the sides of the crown are for governing the chronograph start, stop, and return to zero functions. You will notice one more additional button at 8 o'clock for activating the complex split-seconds function.

The black dial of the Regatta Rattrapante watch is embellished with a fine hobnail pattern. There is a tachymeter scale at the periphery of the dial. The dial is completed with luminous hour markers and two chronograph counters. The timepiece
dial is highlighted by accents in brilliant blue, including the five minute countdown featured by the 30-minute counter, and the central split-seconds chronograph hand.

The dial is protected by a 2-mm thick anti-reflective sapphire crystal. The black-coated stainless steel case-back reveals a special commemorative engraving of the event logo.

The Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Rattrapante 44mm DLC watch accommodates a self-winding mechanical movement - the Panerai OP XVIII caliber. The highly-reliable movement, with a balance frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, provides 42 hours of power reserve. The prestigious split-seconds (rattrapante) complication is governed by two column wheels.

The new Panerai watch, reviewed by Watches.InfoNIAC.com, is secured to the wrist with a leather strap fitted a Panerai tang buckle in DLC-stainless steel. The watch is accompanied by the second interchangeable strap and a small steel screwdriver.


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