This week at the SIHH 2014 Officine Panerai unveiled six new Luminor Base 8-Days watches featuring the manual wound calibre P.5000 with an 8-day power reserve. This calibre combines two key characteristics which are part of the history of Panerai watches since the first models created for the Italian Navy commandos by being manual wound and by having an 8-day power reserve. The calibre P.5000 has a diameter of 35.7 mm and a thickness of 4.5 mm, 21 jewels, 127 components and its balance wheel oscillates at a frequency of 3 Hz, equivalent to 21,600 vph. Its original, very strong structure recalls that of old movements in which the mechanism was contained between two plates concealing most of the wheels and allowing only a few details to be seen, such as the balance cock and the intermediate wheel. All these watches come with a case measuring 44mm in diameter and all models with the exception of the PAM 590 are fitted with a display case back allowing unobstructed view of the beautifully finished calibre. All new models feature a sandwich type dial with the exception of the white dial models. Now let's move on to the live pictures of each watch and the pricing. We apologize in advance for the images but the light was literally terrible at the Panerai pavilion.
The new models in the line-up of the Luminor Base 8-Days collection from left to right in the top and bottom pictures are:
Luminor Base 8-Days Ref. PAM 590 Special Edition in stainless steel with black dial and subsidiary seconds at 9 o'clock —available for sale only in North America— fitted with a gorgeous tan color Assolutamente calf strap. Sticker Price $7,700 USD.
Luminor Base 8-Days Ref. PAM 562 Titanium model with tobacco colored dial and dark tobacco leather strap. Sticker Price $8,300 USD.
Luminor Base 8-Days Ref. 563 Stainless steel watch with white dial, black Arabic numerals and subsidiary seconds at 9 o'clock. Sticker Price $8,100 USD.
Luminor Base 8-Days Ref. 560 Stainless steel watch with black dial and black leather strap. Sticker Price $7,800 USD.
Luminor Base 8-Days Ref. 564 Titanium model with tobacco colored dial with subsidiary seconds at 9 o'clock and dark tobacco strap. Sticker Price $8,600 USD.
Luminor Base 8-Days Ref. 561 Stainless steel watch with white dial and black Arabic numerals and tan leather strap. Sticker Price $7,800 USD.
Now, let's add a wristshots of our favorite model in the line-up. We already want this special edition watch PAM 590 really bad. In our opinion this is the best execution in the line-up with the PAM 564 as a close contender. Perhaps what we like about this watch so much is that is very reminiscent of the PAM 203 but in a mini version with black hands.
For more info on Panerai SIHH 2014 Novelties click here.