For the thirteenth consecutive year, Officine Panerai is sponsoring the largest international circuit of regattas reserved for classic yachts: the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge (PCYC). The first regatta is in Antigua and runs from April 19 to April 25, 2017. Ten regattas and five months later, the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2017 will end in Cannes. Naturally, special edition PCYC watches are in order. This year, however, Panerai has produced three special editions rather than than than the usual one. The watches are relevantly designed with nautical tachymeters (based on a knot scale rather than the typical km/h or mph which obviously make no sense for boat racing) and cream/tan dial and gold detailing which give them a vintage look. They look great.
This year’s Panerai PAM 671 with blue dial is is a nice follow on to the PAM 507 Bronzo of 2013 and the PAM 382 Bronzo of 2011 — also 47mm Luminor Submersible models, though with a forest green dial. The case, bezel, crown bridge, lever, and crown are all made of Panerai’s bronze (tin + copper alloy) with a brushed finish. The PAM 671 is a limited edition of 1,000 units and it is priced at $14,400. If you like the look but don’t like the price, you might give the Oris “Carl Brashear” a look.
The caliber is Panerai’s caliber P.9010 three-day automatic movement, which is imperceptibly thinner (1.9mm) than the P.9000 caliber in the 2011 model (P.9002 in the 2013 model).
50 year guarantee, operating without liquid lubrication…
Panerai brought it’s A-game to 2017. Unveiling a small lineup of new watches in its 2017, Panerai has departed from prior years with a more focused collection launch with an emphasis on materials innovation, rather rolling out a long list of new references. Not that Panerai doesn’t always make nice watches, but this year seems much more a focus on “quality” over “quantity.” Let’s start with the impressive new “LAB-ID” technology, which Panerai has introduced with its new Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days piece. This watch is loaded with carbon, silicon, and innovation. Operating without traditional liquid lubrication, this watches headlines with an unheard of “50 year Guarantee.” But how exactly does Panerai get to such a backstop? An innovative watch using advanced technology through the use of carbon and silicon.
THE P.3001/C CALIBRE – OPERATING WITHOUT LIQUID LUBRICATION
The skillful use of different materials and coatings based on carbon have enabled friction between the components of the movement to be reduced to a minimum. There are only four jewels and no external lubrication is needed. It’s as simple as that. Which is not to say that creating a caliber such as the Panerai P.3001/C with such impressive performance is an easy feat – this is a first of its kind caliber!
Self lubricted plates and bridges, dry lubricated barrels
The 49mm case is made of what Panerai’s trademark “CARBOTECH”, a composite material obtained from very thin sheets of carbon fibre compressed together with a special polymer at a controlled temperature. Not the first Panerai to use this material, the technique of making Carbotech makes each case unique and different from all others. Carbotech is light in weight, hypo-allergenic and not subject to corrosion, as well as having exceptional mechanical properties.
CARBON NANOTUBE DIAL
The dial is covered with carbon nanotubes arranged to absorb light and minimize reflection. The result is an extremely black dial, setting off the blue hands and hour markers.
2 years, 24,000 miles, and 6 continents….
Panerai and the explorer Mike Horn are renewing their partnership with the Pole2Pole project. On the explorer’s wrist is the new special edition Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic, in a 47mm titanium case. The Pole2Pole expedition is two-year project of circumnavigating the globe through land and sea, passing through the two poles. Panerai has previously sponsored Mike Horn in his other expeditions: Arktos (2002-2004), the North Pole Winter Expedition (2006) and Pangaea (2008-2012). Follow the journey at http://www.mikehorn.com/pole-2-pole/
Panerai PAM 719 Luminor Submersible “Pole2Pole” (Mike Horn)
Limited edition 500 pieces
47mm titanium case, automatic mechanical Panerai P.9001 caliber (72 hrs reserve), GMT (yellow hand)
Pole2Pole, the route
Mike Horn began his expedition from the Yacht Club of Monaco, from which he sailed his boat southwards to Namibia. There he explored the world’s oldest desert, the Namib. His route then took him through the Okavango delta in Botswana, the world’s largest inland delta. On to Horn’s homeland South Africa, where Pole2Pole’s first project was implemented and executed: The Shark Project. The aim of this project was to banish the negative stereotypes associated with sharks, raise awareness on the global issues our oceans are currently going though, and to engage and connect with existing local South African programs. Next step, Horn will leave Cape Town and sail to the Antarctic, which he will cross on skis via the South Pole.
Crossing complete, he will navigate the Pacific through the islands of Oceania to Asia, where he will travel parts of New Zealand, Australia and Papua New Guinea. Once arrived in Asia onboard Pangaea, a further overland journey will lead Horn to the summit of the virgin peaks in India, followed by a journey through the tundra in Kamchatka, before setting sails for the great north. The extreme athlete will then attempt another crossing, this time of the Arctic via the North Pole. Following this, Mike will cross over the world’s largest island, Greenland, after which he will conclude his adventure by navigating back to his point of departure, Monaco.