officine panerai  - LUMINOR 1950 TOURBILLON GMT CERAMICA – 48MM
Luc Virginius / Chronopassion
officine panerai  - LUMINOR 1950 TOURBILLON GMT CERAMICA – 48MM

LUMINOR 1950 TOURBILLON GMT CERAMICA – 48MM

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LUMINOR 1950 TOURBILLON GMT CERAMICA – 48MM

LO SCIENZIATO
 
“Lo Scienziato” is one of the many sobriquets earned by Galileo Galilei in the course of his long life entirely devoted to research into extending the boundaries of human knowledge through scientific learning.
His discoveries had a revolutionary impact on the development of mechanical timekeeping, which would not be as it is today without Galileo’s formulation of the law of isochronism of the pendulum. Officine Panerai’s link with “Lo Scienzato” is founded on this and reinforced by the Tuscan origins they have in common.
Now it is expressed in the Florentine brand’s new tribute to Galileo : Lo Scienziato – Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Ceramica, a watch of remarkable technical content with costly finishing, a demonstration of the depth of technical horological knowledge that exists in the Manufacture in Neuchâtel.
Thanks to the extensive work of skilful skeletonisation and the sapphire crystal porthole in the back, the P.2005/S hand-wound movement with tourbillon escapement, entirely developed and produced in the Officine Panerai Manufacture, is in full view.

Technical specifications

MOVEMENT 
  • The P.2005/S skeleton hand-wound mechanical movement with a diameter of 16¼ lignes and 31 jewels, is characterised by the exclusive Panerai tourbillon that rotates perpendicularly to the axis of the balance, completing two rotations a minute instead of one, as in traditional tourbillons. This rate of rotation ensures greater accuracy and better compensation of the effects of gravity on the movement (this tourbillon is an Officine Panerai registered patent).
  • Consisting of 277 components, the movement is the result of the exceptional work of Officine Panerai’s master watchmakers and, thanks to its three spring barrels, guarantees the Radiomir Tourbillon GMT Ceramica – 48mm a power reserve of six days, indicated by a hand that can be seen through the case back.
  • To enhance the beauty of the Panerai skeleton movement, the watch has no dial: the numerals and indexes are engraved on the flange.
  • Hand-wound mechanical movement 
  • 16 ¼ lignes 
  • 10.05 mm thick
  • 31 jewels 
  • Glucydur® balance 
  • 28,800 alternations/hour 
  • KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device 
  • Power reserve 6 days 
Functions 
  • Hours, minutes, small seconds 
  • Second time zone 
  • 24h indicator 
  • Power reserve indicator on the back
  • Tourbillon
 
CASE
  • Diameter 48 mm, black ceramic.
  • bezel Black ceramic.
  • back See-through sapphire crystal. Titanium case back with special hard black coating.
  • device protecting teh crown (protected as a trademark) Black ceramic.
  • crystal Sapphire, made of corundum, 2 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
  • water resistance 10 bar (~ 100 metres).
  • strap Panerai personalised leather strap and adjustable steel buckle with special hard black coating. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver.

Who's who

It’s probably not the timepieces themselves that tie Chronopassion to Panerai. The relationship is closer and stronger than that. Laurent Picciotto goes so far as to describe it as “magical”. Perhaps the truth is more to do with the eternally ‘outsider’ character of the Italian brand – and of Chronopassion's founder. There is also the detail of their shared origins as passionate retailers. Indeed, it’s a little-known fact that both the Panerai brand and its founder, Giovanni, were first and foremost in the business of watch and watchmaking tool sales and repairs. As early as 1850, Giovanni Panerai had made his name as a watchmaker in his native city of Florence. His son, Leon Fracesco, transformed his father's occupation into a flourishing business: in 1907, 50,000 copies of his watch and timepiece catalogue were published! What was then known as Orologeria Svizzera sold Rolex, Longines, Vacheron & Constantin, Movado, Patek Philippe and other brands. A new century opened a new chapter: the brand supplied the Defence Ministry with its first precision optical instruments. In 1910, the first experiments on luminous materials began and a system for making instrument dials glow in the dark was perfected. Luminescence was produced using a mixture of zinc sulphide and radium bromide, later known as Radiomir. The road ahead became clear: Panerai already sold movements, and simply had to combine this skill with its recently acquired expertise in dials to create its first watch – a feat that was achieved in 1935. One amusing aspect of this tale is that the first Panerais were driven by a Rolex movement. The Italian army was of course the first client. This was in 1937 – and the virtual monopoly of the military for Panerai watches continued until 1993 ! “It was these very strict specifications – purely military, functional and uncompromising – that drew me to Panerai,” relates Laurent Picciotto. The founder of Chronopassion already had a selection of timepieces with a strong identity to his name and had been seeking new niche brands for a number of years. “Our first collaboration dates back to 1995. At that time Panerai was a totally independent micro-brand. It was a curiosity – and in my opinion, a convincing alternative to sports brands that were seeking to be positioned on the same military niche without having any credibility in the field.” Did love at first sight lead to overnight success? “Far from it!” laughs Laurent Picciotto. “I sold barely a dozen pieces a year, mainly Mare Nostrums (ed: the original chronograph from 1943, which was still at the prototype stage for historic reasons). History has led to these timepieces now being among the most prized collectors’ items,” he says with a wry smile. This apparent lack of demand did not dent Chronopassion's belief in Panerai, however. The Vendôme Luxury group, later known as Richemont, apparently had a similar instinct, too: it bought out the brand in 1997. The group lost no time in using its resources to raise the profile of Panerai. A series of 1000 timepieces were offered on the Italian market – and were snapped up immediately. A distribution network was established. “There were twelve of us retailers at the first meeting. Eleven of them had never sold a Panerai timepiece before. I was the only one who had,” recalls Laurent Picciotto. At this point the story could have taken a commercial turn, with success guaranteed. However Panerai once again showed it was different: demand was driven by the brand's fans, known as paneristis. According to Laurent Picciotto, they are characterised by “acute collectionitis” – and his sales increased 25-fold. “It was an internal explosion. Completely unprecedented,” he now admits. Panerai made the most of this collectors’ syndrome by producing only limited, numbered series. “This meant that there was often a queue in front of our building for very special series, in particular our series featuring the Chronopassion engraving,” he continues. “In addition, even when we put a sign in the window saying “Not yet released” to try and keep our fans at bay, some of them would come into the shop to try and get more information.” Magical is indeed the word. 
 
Journalist : Olivier Müller
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