Each year as timepieces are released, the world waits for those specific ones that demand attention. Panerai is one brand who likes to deliver that piece and collectors are thrilled when they get the opportunity to finally add their customization and own that striking timepiece. The L’AstronomoLuminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation Time GMT Watch is that collector piece. Various precious metal options are available, but be prepared to wait, because delivery takes almost a year, and the handcrafting begins upon order, with one horological expert assigned and dedicated to that specific piece.
The customizable timepiece was designed to honor Galileo Galilei, and loaded with a variety of complications. The 50mm massive case was debuted in titanium which really provides a exquisite look on the wrist, a very legible display, sunrise/sunset times, GMT functions, an equation of time complication and a moon phase indicator all placed in a movement that is customized to geographical coordinates and personalized to your order. The design of the timepiece puts everything on the display, the dial really doesn’t exist, in the fact the skeletonization lends to views of the tourbillon escapement and dual mainspring barrels. Expertly placed above 6 o’clock is the linear Equation of Time complication, displaying the difference between actual time and conventional time, the other times are crafted on opposite ends. There are a few traditional elements, the distinct brand Arabics and the handset, allowing the wearer to have a simple readout against an otherwise complex backdrop. In order to keep the skeletonized look clean, the design of the date disc needed to be out of sight, with only a small portion centered in the date window. In order to accommplish this magnificent display, the brand created a disc made of Borosilicate glass with numbers that truly are invisible until they appear in the actual date window. At that point, a polarized crystal reacts with the laser-modified numerals and almost like magic the current date pops into view but the rest of the date disc remains transparent.
When the Panerai L’AstronomoLuminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation Time GMT Watch is crafted for clients it is tailored to the wearer, so while the timepiece could be amazing for travelers, it is specifically set for the home time of the wearer. The brand has developed the caseback to merge the moon phase complication and the day/night indicator. This was accomplished with a pair of superimposed discs, the upper disc rotating once every 24 hours, cycling and showcasing the nicely decorated sun and starry night sky motif. Sitting very close to this disc is the simple power reserve readout for the in-house caliber P.2005/GLS movement. The timepiece is water resistant to 100m, and finished with a alligator leather strap. Customizations as discussed offer not only the case options, but Super-LumiNova colors as well. Such an exquisite masterpiece, you will want the Panerai L’AstronomoLuminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation Time GMT Watch as an addition to your collection.