Panerai back in 2013 launched their “Contemporary” collection, consisting of three new pieces, the PAM: 524, 525 and 526. They were all similar to one another, except the 526 stood out because it featured a Regatta timing module. Officine Panerai has an association with the sea, which dates back to when they supplied the Royal Italian Navy with its Radiomir diver’s watches in 1936. Now, they aren’t sponsoring the upcoming 35th America’s Cup, but sailors sure could benefit from such a watch.
Timepieces by Panerai tend to be identified for having large cases and simple legibility, but not for color. This PAM 526 subverts that tendency by making this model quite possibly the most, or at least one of the most colorful they have put into production. But, the main consumer in mind for this watch are those who enjoy: sailing, as a pastime, or not. There’s no obligation to ride a yacht, or be a diver, in order to have a Panerai, it’s all about individual aesthetics.
The Panerai Regatta 526 comes with a 47mm brushed titanium case and its traditional clean dial, but with color highlights. The split-seconds hand, the sword hand on the hour sub-dial and the final five minutes of the regatta track have all been finished with an orange coating. The contrast with the predominantly black dial make the legibility of time quite simple at a quick glance. The tachymeter sale has also been expressed in knots, with the sailing theme in mind. Allowing the user to be able to calculate the speed of a yacht using only the watch and some simple math, if needed.
There is an orange push-button at the 4 o’clock position that sets off the central orange chronograph minute hand-back one minute at a time, until it’s at the correct position to the length of the countdown. Then set off the chronograph by pushing the stop/start button at the 10 o’clock position, which activates the chronograph to initiate the count-down sequence. Thus begins the slow movement of the involved hands towards the 12 o’clock position, indicating first the minutes and then the seconds remaining.
When a countdown reaches completion, taking in to account that races are still underway, it continues recording the time elapsed since the start of the race. Panerai even added an extra feature, which allows a new time interval to be measured immediately without the need to use the stop and reset button. Instead by pushing the button at the 8 o’clock position, the watch is able to activate the flyback function and return to zero, while the hands are still moving.
Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio
The “Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio”, reference#: PAM 526, is powered by an automatic P.9100 caliber, which is a movement exclusive to this model and functions with 328 parts and 37 jewels. The movement with a column-wheel chronograph is visible through the watches exhibition caseback. Its twin-spring barrels provide a power reserve that can last up to 72 hours. The watch also comes mounted on a rubber-strap, with a ribbed profile which grasps the wrist perfectly, for a comfortable fit.
Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio, Ref# PAM 526
MSRP – $18,600.00 USD
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