INTRODUCING: The Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa in whiteFergus Nash
As the world’s oldest international sporting event still in operation, the Americas Cup needs very little introduction. The past 22 years have seen a fierce competition between the same four teams based in New Zealand, the United States, Switzerland, and Italy, and it’s of course the Italian team who have partnered with Panerai since 2017. With Panerai’s historic involvement with the Italian navy, it makes sense that they’re well-suited to Italian aquatic pursuits in other areas, and their Luna Rossa collection has grown to include a whopping seven watches. So far the collection has been blacked-out watches with scratchy sailcloth dials to match the high-octane environment of sailing, however the latest reference unveils a brand new simplified look.
For those who view sailing as more of a relaxing hobby, there’s definitely an air of refined adventure that previous models of the Panerai Luna Rossa collection have been a bit too aggressive to fit into. The new Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa brings a classical and elegant air to the collection with a spacious white dial and grey numerals. It’s impossible for it to be boring with the 44mm Luminor case imbued with pure Panerai character, and the pop of red on the petite seconds subdial is exceptionally vibrant.
The Luna Rossa connection can be seen printed below the pinion, as well as along the red stripe of the grey bi-material strap that helps the watch retain a sporty edge. There’s also a rubber strap included in black. Other than that, it’s an incredibly versatile Panerai that a more casual sailing fan could wear in any situation. Powering the Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa is the calibre P.9000, a manually wound movement with a beat rate of 21,600 vibrations per second and a generous three-day power reserve.
The Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa pricing and availability:
The Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa is limited to 1,500 pieces produced worldwide and will be available from Panerai boutiques and authorised dealers. Price: £5,100 GBP
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Case Dimensions||44mm x 53mm x 15mm|
|Straps||Grey and red bi-material / Black rubber|
|Power Reserve||72 hours|
|Complications||Hours, minutes, seconds|