My current watch obsession for the month is the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaiao.
The hand-wound movement has an eight-day power reserve – both these characteristics have come to become Panerai signatures, right from the days the watchmaker designed models for the Italian Navy commandos.
The Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaiao has a diameter of 3.57 cms and a thickness of 0.45 cms. The P.5000 calibre features 127 separate components and 21 jewels.
Panerai sent me a press note highlighting some technical details. Rather than rehashing information on the technicalities, I prefer to quote them here. “The P.5000 calibre has a variable inertia balance, its period of oscillation
being adjusted by turning the little timing screws on the outside of the
balance wheel. Using this system the balance spring is free, without the
curb pins which would otherwise be used to modify its active length. The
bridge supporting the balance is fixed by two screws beneath which are
threaded rings which turn in both directions, the purpose of which is to
adjust the endshake of the balance staff pivots. This technical solution
helps the escapement to continue running perfectly in the event of shocks.”
I’ve always loved Panerai’s watches for their clean lines, refined look and classic appeal. And this one fits the bill perfectly.