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Panerai Tuttonero Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Ceramica

“Tuttonero” is Italian for “all black,” so it made the perfect nickname for this new model from Panerai, a brand with a strong Florentine heritage. The full name, as per usual with Panerai, is a mouthful: Panerai Luminor replica watches 3 Days GMT Automatic Ceramica – 44 mm. Its Paneristi-friendly reference number is PAM00438.

The watch, introduced in January at the watch fair in Geneva, has a case and bracelet made entirely of matte black ceramic. Its Panerai Luminor replica case is 44 mm in diameter and has the brand’s trademark crown protector. The dial is of Panerai’s well-known “sandwich” construction, with ecru-colored Super-LumiNova on the numerals and hands (including the tip of the center-mounted GMT hand) for nighttime visibility. The small seconds hand and markers, in a subdial at 9 o’clock, and the date, in a window at 3 o’clock, are also treated with the luminous material.

The bracelet’s links are constructed from the same ceramic, and using the same process, as the case, and are attached to a PVD-coated, brushed steel buckle that seamlessly blends into the all-black theme. Each link is curved and asymmetrical, which lends the bracelet a soft, comfortable feel on the wrist.

The ceramic replica Panerai Luminor watches uses for the Tuttonero is a synthetic material based on zirconium oxide powder, which acquires a very uniform appearance and a high degree of hardness — about five times greater than that of stainless steel — through a complex finishing process. The ceramic is also uncommonly resistant to scratches, corrosion and high temperatures.

Inside the dusky case is Panerai caliber, developed and constructed at the brand’s in Neuchatel, Switzerland. It is an automatic movement with (as implied in the model name) a three-day power reserve and a seconds-reset function. Consistent with the watch’s all-black aesthetic, the movement, which is visible through a dark-tinted sapphire crystal in the caseback, has gone through a blackening process to give it the same sleek, matte-black look as the case. The name “Tuttonero” is engraved on the caseback.

Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT Oro Rosso

The latest release from the Panerai Luminor 1950 collection is the Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT Oro Rosso – 44 MM, which comes in a polished rose-gold case (oro rosso in Italian, a nod to Panerai’s Florentine origins) and features Panerai’s manual-winding in-house movement, Caliber P.2002, which powers the watch’s lengthy eight-day power reserve.

The case of the Panerai Luminor 1950 8 Days GMT Oro Rosso (Ref. PAM00576) measures 44 mm in diameter and incorporates the familiar (and trademarked) Panerai crown protection device on the right side, also made of 18k rose gold. It has a 14-mm-thick, corundum sapphire crystal, with nonreflective coating, covering the rich brown dial, plus an additonal sapphire crystal in the caseback providing a view of the mechanical movement. The case is water-resistant to 50 meters.

The dial has luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers, a date window at 3 o’clock, a 24-hour GMT indicator added to the small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, and a linear power reserve indicator (like the crown protector, a hallmark of Panerai watches) at 6 o’clock. The GMT subdial, along with the center-mounted GMT hand, enables the wearer to read the time in two time zones simultaneously. The power-reserve indicator, which Panerai says has improved legibility, displays how much energy is left in the mainspring on a scale of one through eight days.

The watch’s movement, designed and manufactured entirely in-house at Panerai’s Swiss manufacture, is 13 3/4 lignes in diameter and 6.6 mm thick. It consists of 247 components, including 21 jewels; a Glucydur balance; a KIF Parechoc anti-shock device; and a reset function for the small seconds. Its balance beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph, and it achieves its extraordinarily lengthy power reserve by the use of three mainspring barrels.