While 2020 may be a relatively quiet year in the world of yacht racing, with the cancellation of numerous races around the world, the sport has been a notable year for establishing partnerships in high-end luxury watches. The latest of these comes from replica Panerai, which has renewed its partnership with the famous Italian sailing team (Luna Rossa) ahead of the 2021 America’s Cup. To commemorate this ongoing partnership, Panerai has unveiled a new limited edition Luminor GMT model, decorated in the team’s signature colours and featuring dramatic material changes. The new limited edition Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm offers a true look and feel for every buyer, incorporating the team’s most advanced yacht into the architecture.
Ref: Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm
Water depth: 100 meters
Case material: Titanium case / Carbotech carbon composite bezel
Movement: Manufacture P.9010 / GMT: Automatic GMT with small seconds and date
Strap/bracelet: black alligator leather
The 42mm case of the Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm features the iconic Luminor cushion case shape, short straight lugs and a striking locking crown, while departing from tradition in terms of materials. The main body of the case is made of sandblasted titanium for a dark matte look, while the smooth bezel is made of Panerai’s proprietary Carbotech carbon composite. This rotating cross-grained material is discreet enough not to attract attention at first glance, but upon closer inspection adds a purposeful high-tech spirit to the design. Panerai has completed the case with a specially engraved titanium caseback, engraved with the America’s Cup trophy and an etching of Luna Rossa’s innovative AC75 racing yacht. If the Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm case is quiet about its use of carbon fibre composites, it can shout about the dial. Panerai’s iconic sandwich dial face is made of a material the brand calls Scafotech, a carbon-fiber composite made from the hull and hydrofoils of the Luna Rossa AC75 yacht. The result is a marbled, random black pattern reminiscent of the carbon brakes of modern racing cars, whose dynamic and masculine appearance is displayed differently on each example dial. Aside from this innovative material, the Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm’s dial design is roughly the same as the standard Luminor GMT model, with the only difference being the dial text at 6 o’clock. Here, the Luna Rossa’s signature distinctive red hue is subtly used as an accent, creating a visual highlight for the small seconds hand at 9 o’clock and the 12-hour GMT hand, while the black and grey of the dial clearly play a role. Inside the Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm is the brand’s in-house automatic P9010 / GMT movement, with a beat rate of 28,800 bph and a robust 72-hour power reserve. Panerai ends this watch with a clean black alligator strap. While it’s a good choice, it’s a touch too stylish for the technical presentation of the case and dial, and a rubber strap might be more appropriate.