One of the most exciting times is when Panerai launches a new timepiece, and that piece is the Luminor California 8 Days. This watch combines all of the brands finest qualities in their timepieces, and puts them into this exquisite and masculine piece that is sure to be noticed on every wrist. The case is machined from diamond like carbon coated titanium making it scratch resistant and robust. The timepiece features the mandatory bridge lever device, and the California dial was designed from the brands military roots, making a very clean look, with just hours and minutes function paired with Arabic-Roman numeral markers and the blue hands.
The watch also is equipped with the in-house Calibre P.5000 mechanical movement, holding a powerful 9 day reserve. Adding a very elegant finish to the timepiece, a brown leather strap with contrast beige stitching and the ‘OP’ logo. You can change to a black rubber strap if you prefer for a more sport look, and considering the piece goes with a 300 metre water resistance rating.
The brand worked to combine the various elements in this timepiece creation, taking historical favorites and building this masterpiece. The California dials were previously only found on Radiomir watches, featuring wire lugs, but now appropriated for the Luminor. The two-part strap chosen for this watch is created from a conventional strap with a leather cuff that one can remove if they choose. The band is referred to in the military circle as a “Bund” strap, and while it takes the name from German military, it is not at all about dive watches. Panerai is known for creating timepieces that are similar and yet very different as seen in the Luminor Collection.
This collection provides something for everyone, from a Grand Complication to a magnificent diver, and of course this California 8, one of the greatest. With a 44mm case, the timepiece is light, rugged and contains the qualities that collectors and fans love about the brand. The dial, a spit style that is a traditional part of the brand DNA features the Roman numerals at the top of the dial and the standard Arabic numerals on bottom. It is a simple vintage flair that provides instant influence to those who long for historical charm.
A strong aesthetic for this piece is the hands that are super-luminova that cast an almost patina effect and the lume-filled blued hands provide a contrast to the dial that is clean and attractive. This timepiece the Panerai Luminor California 8 Days, offers so much, a culmination of vintage beauty and brand excellence that collectors old and new will appreciate.