New models Friday, September 28th 2012
December 2012: a fleet of vintage yachts which have made sailing history is voyaging from Cascais in Portugal, heading for Barbados.
Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio - 47mm: Panerai Transat Classique 2012 © Panerai
This is the Panerai Transat Classique 2012: hundreds of enthusiasts including owners, captains and crews are competing in a quadrennial race which not only celebrates the elegance, the beauty, the remarkable craftsmanship and the uniqueness which are typical features of every vintage yacht, but which is also a challenge bringing out the strength, courage and valour of people faced with the power of the sea. The participants in the Panerai Transat Classique 2012 are travelling 4,000 miles in yachts which in some cases boast histories of a hundred years or more, driven by the power of the wind and the ocean currents, but above all by the great passion that unites all lovers of the sea.
Officine Panerai, sponsor of the race, is celebrating the most spectacular race of the 2012 classic yachting season with the Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio, an exclusive Special Edition distinguished by an engraving of the logo of the Panerai Transat Classique 2012 on the back of the case. The watch has been made in a limited edition of 500 units, one of them earmarked for the owner of the yacht winning the transatlantic race.
In honour of the Panerai Transat Classic 2012, Officine Panerai has created a model of sophisticated horological quality, every detail of which has its roots in the past of the brand, which has always been connected to the sea as a result of its historic association with the Italian Navy.
The Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio is a split-seconds chronograph with vertical clutch and twin column wheels, and it offers numerous functions that are characteristic of top-of-the-range mechanical watchmaking, all assembled in the P.2006 movement, entirely developed and created in the Officine Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel.
The split-seconds function, also known as rattrapante, operates two hands that are superimposed and partially independent: the first, controlled by the button at 8 o’clock, is the chronograph hand; the second, controlled by the button at 10 o’clock, is used for measuring partial times or a second event simultaneous with the first. To make it easier and clearer to read, the hand of the small minute counter moves in jumps instead of continuously.
The P.2006 hand-wound movement has a long power reserve of eight days, a traditional duration for Panerai watches. This is achieved by means of a special patented system of three spring barrels. The remaining power reserve can be read on the dial from a linear indicator above the number six.
To enable the watch to be synchronised perfectly with a reference signal, the P.2006 movement also has a seconds reset function, which zeroes the seconds hand by stopping the balance wheel until the winding crown has been returned to the running position.
The Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio has a brushed titanium case 47 mm in diameter, fitted with the classic lever device which hermetically seals the winding crown to ensure water-resistance to 10 atmospheres (equivalent to a depth of about 100 metres).
The bezel is made of polished titanium and surrounds a large black dial of great simplicity and sporting elegance. The structure of the dial consists of two superimposed discs with a layer of Super-LumiNova® between them: a type of construction which has been characteristic of Panerai watches since the 1930s, it provides great legibility and visibility even in situations of very low light, such as underwater.
Identified by the reference PAM00427, the Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio is supplied with a rubber strap. It is sold exclusively in Panerai boutiques throughout the world and at a small number of specialist watch shops. ■
Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio – 47mm
Panerai Transat Classique 2012
Movement: Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.2006/3 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 9.6 mm thick, 34 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 8 days, three barrels. Double column wheel, 356 components.
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, linear power reserve indicator, seconds reset device, split-seconds chronograph.
Case: Diameter 47 mm, brushed titanium. Brushed titanium buttons with engraving and polished edges for the split-seconds function at 10 o’clock and for the chronographic functions at 8 o’clock.
Bezel: Polished titanium.
Back: Screw, titanium. Panerai Transat Classique 2012 engraved.
Device protecting the crown: (protected as a trademark) Brushed titanium.
Dial: Black with luminous dots and hour markers. Minute counter at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock, linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock, central chronograph and split-seconds hands. Chronograph seconds scale on the outer edge.
Crystal: Sapphire, formed of corundum, 2 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
Water-resistance: 10 bar (~ 100 metres).
Strap: Panerai personalised rubber strap and large-size brushed titanium buckle. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap, a tool to change the strap and a steel screwdriver.
*Officine Panerai is not the owner of the Glucydur®, KIF Parechoc® and Super-LumiNova® trademarks.