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Panerai’s New Limited Edition is An Ode to the Navy

Now the boys and men, both are bound to love the new Panerai watch, given its gorgeous good-looking 47mm dial, polished titanium bezel, skeleton caseback and leather strap (interchangeable with one in rubber).

With all the makings of a contemporary ticker, it’s interesting to note that the true essence of the Panerai Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante Left-Handed 8 Days Titanio, is actually in the historical implications of the Royal Italian Navy which has helped inspire the timepiece.

Taking off from the 1930s and ’40s, the 47 mm diameter is exactly the size worn by the commandos of the time, and the winding crown with its protective device (see left side) is perhaps the most attractive carry-over from the replica watchesof the time.

This has been juxtaposed by planting the push piece (controls all chrono functions) on the right side at two o’clock, rendering a perfect translation of the commandos’ preference to wear the watch on the right wrist, with the compass and depth gauge on the other wrist.

Notable elements like the cambered crystal that protects the dial, the structure of the dial itself, and a clean, straight cut design are what lend to the amazing clarity and readability even under the poorest light conditions.

Gen 2014 will be happy with the view of the hand wound P.2004/9 movement on this limited edition, complete with bridges, angles and screws—a sight they’ve come to much love and appreciate in the watches of today.

Water-resistant to about 100 metres, accurate to the second and with a power reserve of eight days, the limited-to-300 edition of the Panerai Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante is a collectable you should consider bagging from the sands of time.