Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days Chrono Monopulsante GMT

Nov 17, 2008
The new Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days Chrono Monopulsante GMT is equally traditional and innovative. The sports chronograph is distinguished by its avant-garde technical characteristics, remarkable reliability and water-resistance.

The timepiece is equipped with a sophisticated mechanical movement. It features the traditional Luminor 1950 case, measuring 44 mm in diameter, crafted from steel or pink gold. The brushed stainless steel case incorporates a polished bezel. Its characteristic feature is the famous bridge with a lever device on the crown's stem to guarantee the required seal. The timepiece is 100-meter water-resistant.

The 'sandwich dial' of the Panerai Luminor watch is constructed from two plates superimposed above each other. The upper plate is perforated with hour markers and numbers, while the lower plate is covered with a layer of luminous material to guarantee maximum night-time visibility. The signature Luminor Arabic numerals are featured at the cardinal points. The numerals are luminous, along with bar markers and index hands.

The Calibre P.2004, accommodated by the watch, represents the first chronograph calibre developed and manufactured in Panerai's own manufacture located in Neuchatel. The hand-wound movement provides a range of advantageous features:

  • an 8-day power reserve;

  • a linear indication of the remaining running time;

  • a second time zone with day/night indication;

  • a device that allows to zero the seconds hand to accurately synchronize the watch;

  • a single-button chronograph, incorporating a column wheel and a friction clutch.

The exclusive Panerai movement comprises 321 details. The transparent case back allows to admire unusual design details of the chronograph movements, including oversized brush-finished plates, mirror-polished screws and chamfered and polished angles. The three superimposed spring barrels bring a constant force to the watch during a period of 8 days, providing its accuracy and enough power for all the additional functions. The remaining power reserve is shown by an indicator, moving horizontally across a window above 6 o'clock, featuring from 0 to 8 calibrations.

When the watch's wearer presses the single chronograph push-piece on the left side of the case, he consequently starts, stops and zeroes the central hand. The column wheel mechanism allows extremely precise operation of the chronograph hand. The chronograph function of the calibre P.2004 operates through a friction clutch to keep the chronograph hand away from any unsteadiness when it is moving. The minute counter positioned at 3 o'clock is equipped with a hand moving instantaneously, clicking from one position to another on the 60th second of every minute.

The balance wheel of the movement oscillates at 28,800 alternations per hour. It incorporates the device for zeroing the seconds. When the watch's wearer pulls out the winding crown, the small seconds hand jumps instantly to zero and stops; it does not start moving until the wearer returns the crown to the normal position. This means the timepiece can be synchronized to the exact second.

The second time zone is traditionally featured by a second central hand with an arrow-shaped tip. The same as the hour hand, the second time zone hand is adjusted with help of the crown. A small black or white window found in the small seconds sub-dial at 9 o'clock shows whether it is a.m. or p.m. time in the second time zone.

For 2008, the new Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days Chrono Monopulsante GMT watch has been created in a limited number of 500 pieces in steel on a black alligator strap (12,900 Euro) and 250 pieces in pink gold on a brown alligator strap (23,500 Euro).

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