2015 first look…
In 2014 it was the Year of the Horse. In 2015, we get the goat. The Officine Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat (PAM 848), a 100 pc limited edition featuring a hunter case decorated with gold-inlaid hand-engraving, will continue Panerai’s tradition of releasing an annual engraved Sealand to commemorate each new Chinese Zodiac year. The watch is the seventh of the exclusive series, which began in 2009 with the Special Edition created for the year of the Ox, followed by watches made in the year of the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon (PAM 840) the Snake, and the Horse (PAM 847).
As I discussed in my Year of the Horse post, the motif on these Sealand watches are hand-engraved – then the grooves are inlaid with gold threads which are hammered, layer by layer, until the desired effect is achieved (see my Panerai Year of the Horse post for some photo illustration).
The simple dial with date and small seconds remains very similar to prior iterations, although the cyclops date is gone, and the hunter case fastening system (below 6 o’clock) has been slightly changed to a “bar” clasp system this year vs. prior year constructions which utilized a “pin catch” system (look at prior year models and you can see what I am talking about).
As I noted in my discussion of 2012’s Year of the Dragon, Panerai’s Sealand models are extremely exclusive. From 2002 to 2005, Panerai made several Sealand models in partnership with bespoke gun and rifle maker Purdey featuring African big-game engravings on the hunter-case. The engraving by Purdey on these 2002 – 2005 models is absolutely stunning, as you can see for yourself on Panerai’s website.
But all these engraved Sealand’s are amazing watches, highly collectible and little known to many watch enthusiasts, even Paneristi. So even though it is a goat, you can add this one to the ‘highly collectible’ list.
Did You Know?
This is the first Sealand watch in Luminor 1950 case and also the first to have an in-house movement (the P.9000) rather than a Unitas.