PANERAI – LUMINOR 1950 SEALAND 3 DAYS AUTOMATIC ACCIAIO 44MM
LIKE A DOG WITH TWO TAILS
For ten years now, Officine Panerai has maintained the tradition of paying homage to the Chinese horoscope. 2018 will see the year of man’s best friend, the dog.
In 2009, Panerai decided to pay homage to the Chinese horoscope with timepieces decorated with the animal of the year in question. An Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey and Rooster have already been depicted on the previous watches. The Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio has been designed for 2018 and shows man’s best friend, the dog, and is available in 88 pieces, a lucky number in Chinese culture.
People born during the Year of the Dog are considered as sensitive, thoughtful, honest and trustworthy. They are particularly attached to a code of honour, just like our four-legged friend. So Panerai has decorated the cover of the Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio with a dog, using the ancient technique known as “sparsello“, in reference to the tool used to make the engravings on the cover. This involves laying down gold thread in multiple parallel layers inside grooves cut out in the steel, and beating them until they are totally embedded in the chosen shape.
With a 44mm-wide case made of brushed steel, the Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio contains the calibre P.9000, a self-winding automatic movement made by Panerai. The mechanical heart of the watch runs at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations an hour and provides three days of power reserve. As well as the hour and minute functions, the timepiece has a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and a date counter at 3 o’clock. Arabic numerals, stick-shaped indices and luminous dots are revealed when the hand-engraved brushed steel cover is opened. Panerai has designed a simple grey dial, and there is a black rubber or a supple brown leather strap to provide variety.
Price: 23,200 CHF
By Isabelle Guignet