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New Panerai models for 2011

The new Panerai Luminor 1950 3 day in 47mm case execution is a model that harks back to the Radiomir and Luminor cases of the 1940’s predecessors which is why the 1950 is sporting slimmer case lugs, plexi glass and the models reference details being engraved between the lugs and comes with a larger flat case back.The new Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Platino in 47 mm case comes for the first time a rare, mysterious dial of which only 2 examples are said to be known. Surfacing at the tail end of the 1930s, these had a unique, original design comprising of an alternation of baton shaped hour markers, double ones at 12 o’clock and single ones at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock and dot markers in between. The origin of this dial is one that is hard identify and remains open to speculation by many.According to some aficionados, the two surviving examples were possibly test samples, which were not followed up until the re-edition and launch in 2011.New for 2011 in terms of materials that have been used is the introduction of bronze, a material which immediately brings to mind the world of seafaring with which Panerai has been historically associated, some what of a Italian love affair. The new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo in 47 mm has a case made of CuSn8 bronze, an alloy of copper and tin in the pure state which, as well as being resistant to the corrosive effects of sea water and atmospheric agents, has a high structural strength and an appearance which preserves the warm shades of the original while acquiring the aged appearance which is a superb feature of this material. With the passage of time bronze forms a patina which is the result of its reaction to external agents (air, humidity, heat and wear) this does not alter the properties of the material but is rather a sign of its ageing, making each example unique and personalised as the person who wears it.Also at the 2011 fair this year, Panerai is also presenting the Panerai Composite, which is a special synthetic ceramic, produced by a process of aluminium ceramisation, which is remarkable and unique for its lightness, ductility and durability. The cases of the new Luminor Composite Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic in 44mm case and the Luminor Composite 1950 3 Days in 47mm case are all made from the Panerai Composite material.The new Radiomir 8 Days Ceramica in 45 mm case has a case of zirconium oxide, a synthetic ceramic made by applying isostatic pressing process to the material in powered form. This material has a particularly consistent and even appearance as well as providing with the characteristics of hardness and resistance to scratches as well as corrosive agents and high temperatures which have made ceramic one of the materials of choice by many in the world of haute horlogerie.

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