The Italian Job The Panerai Luminor - a Marinella tie and the historical Gambrinus
The Italian Job
The Panerai Luminor - a Marinella tie and the historical Gambrinus
A September morning, before an important business meeting. A coffee in a historical Italian café, once hangout venue for Italian and European intellectuals. If those intellectuals were today at the Caffè Gambrinus, they would probably wear a Marinella tie and a Panerai Luminor Marina Logo. Two products of excellence. The former is a renowned “accessory” that the entire world envies us, the latter is one of the best examples of Florentine genius at the service of the Royal Navy of ‘900 ( now of Swiss adoption).
You finished your coffee and get ready: Windsor knot, firmly tied on the white tailored shirt, two fingers of the right hand to “free” the well-known patented lever of the Luminor marina Logo, and here the thin and wide winding crown unlocks. A few turns, and the small seconds hand comes to life, the time wheel begins. You keep on turning and the winding is up: now you have 56 hours of power reserve.
You stop and, with a reverse move, close the protection lever, a light initial resistance from the latch on the crown and then a soft final shift that brings it back on the bit on the AISI316L steel case of a super shiny finish. What a harmony: a simple dial, pristine, the historical logo OP on the 6 to remind that this watch, on its original version, and after the Radiomir, has been part of the equipment of the Royal Navy raiders. We invite you to read this article for further information.
The stick indexes and the Arabic numerals covered by Super-LumiNova can be a night lighthouse; besides, this watch was made to be legible even in brackish waters!
The manual winding movement, what a pleasure, ETA derived is right, but made precious by the balance wheel in Glucydur, a copper, beryllium and iron alloy (far more resistant, nonmagnetic) and Incabloc shockproof device, that for some of you might mean nothing, but add quality to the entire movement, as well as the fact that it is a certified chronometer (COSC). I will stop here, as I am indulging in engineering, but it is to emphasize that the Panerai watches are fascinating on the wrist as much as technically.
I almost forgot: the Logo 005 has officially entered, in 2013, its last year of production; I strongly suggest you to grab one because it is one of the most sought after models by the collectors. Or wait for the new version with manufacture movement, of imminent release, you choose. If then you have, in your box, the version with the indexes in Tritium, well, I cannot say more…
I go for now. I have worn my Panerai Luminor and my Marinella tie. Another work day begins, in an excellent company and surely successful.
Gaetano C. @Horbiter - Watches & Luxury