It would be easy to dismiss the Luminor Due — Panerai’s latest fully fledged line — as a collection oriented towards women. After all, it’s the collection that houses 38 and 42mm watches. But the fact that I am on record as being more than a little partial to the 42mm model aside, there are the larger members of the Due family, PAMs 943 and 944 respectively. Both are 45mm steel cases, which sees them aimed firmly at the fellas.
If the larger size wasn’t enough of a giveaway, the more subdued colour palette should cinch it. Gone are the playful blues and fashion-forward strap options, in favour of stunning, shimmering anthracite. And really, this is a watch where the dial shines over the details. Don’t get me wrong, the details are good — classic Panerai design codes rendered in rich ecru lume, with a smidgen of text and a date window thrown in for good measure — but they don’t compete with the richness of the dial texture. This is one of the dressiest Panerais I’ve had the pleasure of wearing, and that’s absolutely OK.
This is a Luminor Due, after all. And while the dive watch heritage is there, this watch is intended less for immersion and more for the office (it’s rated to only 30m). But what it lacks in depth rating, it more than makes up for in style. We’ve already covered off the dial, while the brightly polished steel Luminor case adds a charm all its own, and the dressy brown alligator strap, with contrast stitch, completes the suit-worthy look.
Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio (PAM00943) Australian pricing
Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio (PAM00943), $13,700