Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio (PAM00526): Review

Rating

9.9 Price
10 Design
10 Power Source
10 Design
10 Overall Quality
10

Panerai timepieces are famous for their luxury quality and high design and construction standards. These Swiss timepieces, such as the Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback, uses only the best metals, crystal, movement, caliber, design, and straps.

Brand: Panerai
Type: Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio – 47mm
Model: PAM00526
Purchase Link: http://www.panerai.com/en-us/collections/watch-collection/luminor-1950/luminor-1950-regatta-3-days-chrono-flyback-automatic-titanio—4_pam00526.html

Size/Specs/Design

This Panerai Luminor is a 1950 Regatta Chronograph Flyback model with a three day power reserve, an automatic mechanical movement, a regatta countdown complication, and titanium construction.

With Panerai’s famous Sapphire crystal that looks like no other, you will have an incredible view of the beautifully designed dial in the front as well as the P.9100 movement through the back display.

Technical Specifications and Features:

  • Case Size: 47mm
  • Case Shape: Luminor 1950 Cushion
  • Movement: Automatic mechanical
  • Calibre: P.9100/R
  • Power Reserve: 3 Days
  • Jewels: 37 jewels
  • Crystal: Sapphire Glass
  • Dial Type: Analog
  • Dial Color: Black
  • Case Material: Brushed Titanium
  • Case Back: Transparent Case Backing, Sapphire Crystal
  • Bezel: Fixed
  • Bezel Material: Polished Titanium
  • Crown: Panerai Trademarked Device Protecting Crown, Brushed Titanium
  • Band Type: Strap
  • Band Material: Caoutchouc (Rubber)
  • Band Color: Black
  • Band Width: 26/22mm standard
  • Clasp: Buckle
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Chronograph Flyback, Regatta Countdown, Seconds Reset
  • Water Resistance: 10 BAR (100 meters / 330 feet)

Power Source

This Panerai Luminor uses an automatic mechanical movement as its power source. This is a four-hand movement that powers two additional subdials.

  • Automatic mechanical movement
  • Panerai P.9100/R calibre
  • 12 3/4 lignes
  • 9.55mm thick
  • 37 jewels
  • Glucydur balance
  • 28,800 alternations per hour
  • Incabloc anti-shock device
  • Power reserve: 3 days
  • Two barrels
  • 328 components

The Good

This Panerai is likely a bit different than other models you’re more familiar with — typically, Panerai Luminor models feature a deep black dial, simple but Panerai famous Arabic numerals and markings, and a wonderful luminous design. This Luminor 1050 Regatta Flyback goes above and beyond your classic Panerai.

First are the dial hands — the hour and minute hands are silver-tone and feature the typical luminous fill. The seconds hand is blued and there is a fourth thin hand that matches the seconds hand, but is orange in color — this is the Regatta countdown hand. You will see along the outer rim of the black dial, Arabic numerals signifying Knots, second/minute and millisecond markings, as well as a beautiful orange section between 11 and 12 o’clock signifying the last five ten minutes of the Regatta countdown.

This “Start” area is easy to view and matches the orange dial hand perfectly so there is no confusion — this piece was certainly made for full functionality. In addition, there are two subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock with two push buttons on the left hand side: one to control the Regatta Countdown and one to utilize for the chronograph feature.

The 47mm case size is Panerai’s famous cushion shape and is stunning in brushed titanium. This is a much better material than steel and is much lighter (and stronger) to wear. It holds up extraordinarily well against life, on and off the water. The crown protection device that makes Panerai a brand identifiable meters away is also a beauty on this Luminor 1950 Regatta.

The back of the titanium case is also stunning with a large viewing display window made of Sapphire crystal. The case back is shaped out exteriorly into a 12-sided edge — the interior of the open display is round and shows off the Panerai P.9100/R calibre automatic mechanical movement within.

The Bad

There are truly no negative aspects to this Luminor Regatta 1950 3 Days Regatta timepiece. The case is on the larger size, at 47mm, but this is something sports and regatta lovers should appreciate.

Functionality

Functionality is certainly not an issue with this piece. This Luminor Regatta features a Regatta Countdown and fourth dial hand that tracks it. This watch is a chronograph and has two subdials in addition to tracking the hour, minute, and seconds.

The Sapphire crystal is very clear and cut beautifully — it truly gives the wearer the perfect view onto the sports dial, even in the sun (which, in regatta races, you will likely be in). In addition, nighttime is no problem. Panerai’s incredible luminous technology is incredibly clear and cases a very pleasing color glow.

Finally, Panerai came through with their functionality-first design via the black rubber strap. This strap is matte and is of excellent quality caoutchouc (which is unvulcanized natural rubber). It gives this timepiece an overall sophisticated look for when the next regatta race comes around.

The Highlights

What makes this Panerai Luminor so unique is that it is so colorful, but subtle and sophisticated still. This Luminor Regatta is a luxury sports timepiece that is intended for use in and around the water. As a Regatta watch, it has full functionality of a Regatta Countdown, a chronograph flyback, as well as a full hour/minute/seconds timepiece.

I am typically not a huge fan of luminous technology, even in luxury pieces. It doesn’t always compliment the design of the watch and is sometimes poorly lit. I don’t think anyone can say this about Panerai’s Luminor collection. This luxury brand has truly  mastered the art of luminous properties. One of their assets is that they do not simply use applied luminous fill, but place their black dials with cutout-indexes over top of a wonderfully made luminous disc.

While the front protective window is Sapphire crystal just like other luxury pieces, there is something in the way that Panerai cuts and places this crystal on their timepieces that makes it shine without glaring — like looking through a crystal clear placid lake. This crystal makes for a great anti-reflective and scratch resistant window for this Regatta dial. You can view the time and complications on this piece with ease and pleasure day or night.

Panerai also makes a point to offer excellent water resistance in their timepieces; however, since this is a Regatta design and is made to be used in and around the water and for Regatta races, it especially features a good W/R of 100 meters (5 BAR / 5 ATM) or 330 feet. This is suitable for any type of use beyond diving.

Pricing

The gorgeous Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio (PAM00526) retails for $17,200.00 directly from Panerai.

Panerai Purchase Link: http://www.panerai.com/en-us/collections/watch-collection/luminor-1950/luminor-1950-regatta-3-days-chrono-flyback-automatic-titanio—4_pam00526.html

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