Exclusive to the North American market, the Luminor 8 Days, otherwise known as the PAM590, is powered by one of Panerai’s newest calibres, the P.5000. As the name implies, the watch is capable of running for 192 hours once fully wound, making it a worthy addition to the growing list of timepieces with lengthy power reserves.
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At Sotheby’s auction “Important Watches”, held in Geneva on 14th May 2014, the all-time record for sale of a Panerai watch was set. An extremely rare example of a stainless steel Luminor from 1955 was acquired by a Panerai enthusiast who bid the record sum of CHF 425,000 (approx. $478,000 / €348,000). This extremely rare and historical reference 6152/1 — distinguished by its transparent, removable polycarbonate bezel and Rolex caliber 618 — was unknown until recently when it was rediscovered by scholars and especially through the research of Dino Zei, ex -Chairman of Panerai SPA, before the Florence based company was bought by the Richemont Group. It was owned by descendants of an accomplished Italian Navy Admiral.
Great story and and an honor to be able to mention an American Hero here on Perpetuelle. Quarterback for the New Orleans Saints Drew Brees recently presented Marcus Luttrell – a retired United States Navy SEAL & Founder of the Lone Survivor Foundation – with a PAM 364 Luminor Submersible 1950 2500M 3 Days Automatic Titanio. The watch was presented at an intimate dinner hosted by Vahid Moradi and Rafael Alvarez, President, Panerai North America. Luttrell is a true American hero, and if you haven’t read the book Lone Survivor,or seen the movie of the same name, I suggest you do so immediately! The audio book version of Lone Survivor is particularly captivating. Prior to dinner, Brees and Luttrell were treated to a private preview of the new 2014 timepiece collection at the nearby La Jolla boutique,located at 1137 Prospect Street.
Photo From Top Left to Bottom Right: Photo 1: Kiril Sprostranov, Marcus Luttrell, Vahid Moradi and Brandon Skinner
Photo 2: Marcus Luttrell, Vahid Moradi
Photo 3: Rafael Alvarez, Drew Brees, Vahid Moradi, Marcus Luttrell
Photo 4: Seating left to right: Drew Brees, Tej Gill, Marcus Luttrell Standing left to right: Rafael Alvarez, Donnie Edwards, Vahid Moradi, Kiril Sprostranov
About Marcus Luttrell:
Following his physical recovery from Operation Redwing, Marcus went back and completed one more tour before being medically retired. He then wrote the book, Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, to share the amazing story of his brothers who paid the ultimate sacrifice. The book became a New York Times Bestseller.
In 2010 Marcus also started the Lone Survivor Foundation and is fully involved with Campaign. In 2012, Luttrell released a second book, Service, that follows up with unanswered questions from Lone Survivor and gives honor and praise to other members of the military. In the summer of 2013, Marcus went on his first public speaking Patriot Tour.
In early 2014, a major motion picture directed by Peter Berg, and starring Mark Wahlberg was released depicting the story of Lone Survivor.
For the Paneristi in you, Panerai’s first freestanding timepiece featuring an in-house, 8-day mechanical movement. The transparent mineral glass is spherical in shape and set in an engraved stand. The front view features the unmistakable Panerai dial, while the rear view highlights the exquisite finish and fine details of Panerai’s in-house P.5000 caliber. 65mm diameter.