Luminor Chrono Daylight 44mm Titanium
Solidity, but lightness as well. Tradition, but modernity as well
The Watch Quote™ - November 15th, 2008
The Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight 44mm Titanium watch - ref.: PAM000327
Solidity, but lightness as well. Tradition, but modernity as well. These are the key points of the Luminor Crono Daylight 44mm-Titanium,
in terms of time the latest descendant of a legendary model, the Luminor,
which was developed for special military missions more than 60 years ago, putting Officine Panerai
in the avant-garde of the sector of specialist diver’s watches. From its illustrious predecessor, the current model preserves the distinctive shape of the case, as well as its main constructional feature, the lever bridge, which has the dual function of protecting the crown and of ensuring its water-resistance by keeping it constantly pressed against the case itself. But from the technical point of view there are numerous new features: it is no longer a watch with only hour and minute indication, but a chronograph with date, operated by an automatic movement and also supplied with the C.O.S.C. chronometer certificate testifying to the accuracy of its timekeeping. No less important is the material from which the case and innovative bracelet have been made: the traditional steel has been replaced with titanium, a metal which combines hardness and immutability with extreme lightness. The alloy used for the new Luminor is grade 5 which, while it requires a very much more complex specialist surface finishing process, has the virtues of being hypo-allergenic and resistant to temperature and corrosion, a vitally important characteristic in a watch that is designed to be in contact with sea water frequently.
The case, 44 mm in diameter, is distinguished by its large, straight strap attachments and the lever bridge (protected by trade mark), the device patented by Officine Panerai
over half a century ago, which ensures perfect water-resistance of the crown when hand-winding and adjusting the watch. Inserted obliquely in the caseband at each end of the lever bridge are the two push-pieces which control the chronograph; on account of their shape and reduced projection they are quicker to operate. Made of brushed titanium, the case is surmounted by the bezel, also with brushed finish but with edges in polished titanium, which carries the engraved numbers of the tachymeter scale. The final element in achieving water-resistance to 10 bar (100 metres) is the back, also naturally made of titanium and fixed in position with screws.
Instead of the traditional black, the dial of the Luminor Crono Daylight 44 mm –Titanium
is blue. The markers and numerals are coated with luminous material, as are the hour and minute hands and the smaller hands which rotate in the subsidiary dials displaying continuous seconds (at 9 o’clock) and the chronograph hour counter (at 6 o’clock) and minute counter (at 3 o’clock) which run as soon as timing is started. The dial is protected by an anti-reflective sapphire crystal 2.5 mm thick, capable of resisting great depths.
Particularly notable is the bracelet, which is very innovative so far as its construction is concerned and not just on account of the metal used. Demonstrating the continuous research into every horological sector that is part of Officine Panerai
’s activities, the new strap is made of brushed titanium but with a polished finish at the points of contact between the links, recalling the play of contrast between the caseband and the bezel.
The bracelet also displays the complex working of the links, which are asymmetrical and rounded both horizontally and vertically: this provides perfect integration with the design and surfaces of the case and ensures exceptional comfort on the wrist. Naturally, according to taste, the bracelet can easily be replaced by a traditional rubber or leather strap.
The Luminor Crono Daylight 44mm – Titanium
is fitted with an automatic movement, the Panerai OP XII calibre of 13¼ lignes, with 27 jewels and decorated oscillating weight and bridges. With a power reserve of 46 hours and Incabloc anti-shock device, the movement is supplied with the chronometer certificate issued by the official Swiss authority, C.O.S.C., after undergoing tests lasting 16 days.
Identified with the reference PAM000327 and part of the Contemporary Collection, Officine Panerai
’s new model is supplied with the tool for carrying out the replacement of the bracelet with a strap.