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.