“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.