For the past 8 years, Panerai has been releasing series of watches inspired by Chinese ancient astrological tradition. Similarly, a joined new creation is tribute dedicated for the Year of the Rooster for 2017; enhanced by Italian craftsmanship. The new Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 44mm (PAM852) is a special edition dedicated by Panerai to the Year of the Rooster. Each of the 99 watches produced for this special edition has been adorned by hand by the best Italian master engravers using the ancient technique of “sparsello”, so named after the special tool used to decorate the cover..
Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Acciaio – PAM852
The new watch is the 9th masterpiece in the series launched by Officine Panerai since 2009. In honour of the amazing tradition of the Chinese Zodiac; starting with the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, and the Monkey. The new Luminor 1950 Sealand welcome the Year of the Rooster which will begin on 28 Jan 2017. The strong yet sophisticated character of the Rooster will be reflected on this new limited edition. As can be seen, on the cover is an elegant engraving inspired by traditional oriental iconography.
Features of the special edition Sealand PAM852
First grooves are made in the steel before they are inlaid with gold threads in multiple parallel layers; these are then beaten until they completely fill the grooves which together form the outlines of the Rooster and the sophisticated decoration. Due to the complex process, the slightest error could damage the entire masterpiece.
Overall, this engraved cover is then placed over a grey simple gray dial. The Arabic numeral, linear hour markers and luminours dots, a small seconds dial at the 9 o’clock and the date at 3 o’clock. On the back of the cover is a small signalling mirror and it is fitted to the Luminor 1950 case. The 44mm case is made of brushed stainless steel. Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand PAM852 (3 Days Acciaio) is water-resistant to 10 bar (around 100 meters); is supplied with a strap of soft brown leather. However it is only available in Panerai boutiques. The watch is presented with a spare black rubber strap, a special took for changing the strap and a screwdriver.
The movement running this self-winding watch is Panerai P.9000 caliber. It is an in-house movement by Panerai, 13 3/4 lignes, 7.9mm thick, 28 jewels, Glucydur balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. You can admire the components through the sapphire crystal case-back. The PAM852 Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Acciaio has a power reserve of up to 3 days. While the price for this special edition is not released yet, we will share them as soon as we have it.
One thing for sure – Your life will never be the same again once you have owned your first Officine Panerai watch.