Not known as a “chronograph brand,” Panerai replica is challenging that preconception this year with a renewed focus on the timing complication.
The brand’s new luxury replica Panerai Luminor Chrono Goldtech Blu Notte pushes the concept of the “precious metal chronograph” to eye-catching new levels through the use of its 18k Goldtech alloy, which includes high levels of copper and platinum to achieve its vivid, rose gold hue.
Here, cheap copy Panerai has paired the eye-catching tone of the gold with a deep blue, sunray-brushed sandwich dial using white Super-LumiNova (glowing green) with a central chronograph seconds hand, chronograph minutes register at the three o’clock position and running seconds at the nine o’clock. The chapter ring features a printed tachymeter scale for calculating speeds over a fixed distance.
With the Luminor’s signature, oversized crown guard occupying much of the right side of the caseband, the chronograph pushers have been moved over the left, giving the watch an unconventional silhouette.
Powering the watch is Panerai’s new Calibre P.9200 automatic chronograph movement with 42-hour power reserve from a single mainspring barrel. The movement is partially obscured by an unusual caseback, made of smoked sapphire crystal with a wave motif and Officine Panerai logo applied via a metallization process.
Water resistant to 50 meters, the 1:1 copy Panerai Luminor Chrono Goldtech Blu Notte is supplied with a color-matched blue alligator leather strap and an additional, not to mention more practical, rubber strap.
The quality replica Panerai Luminor Chrono Goldtech Blu Notte is available now via Panerai, priced $26,700 USD.
Elsewhere in watches, Richard Mille has dropped a new case shape with a mainplate capable of withstanding nearly 1,000°C.
Perhaps the biggest Watches & Wonders news out of the copy Panerai camp this year was the nearly 100% recycled e-LAB ID Submersible — an open-sourced halo watch whose aim was to prove that the future of circular manufacturing in a more wholly sustainable watch industry wasn’t far away. But at $60,000, it’s an expensive concept piece that’s well out of reach for all but the most well-heeled and eco-conscious of Paneristi.
For all the rest of us, top quality copy Panerai Luminor also debuted a line of more traditional Luminor watches built around recycled “E-Steel” stainless steel cases — and you’ll be pleased to learn that the price points for all three of these new manufacture calibre-equipped references come in at under $9,000.
If we’re talking design codes, the new Swiss movement fake Panerai E-Steel references follow a very tried-and-true footprint: the 44mm 1950-style case whose sandwich dial is characterized by a running seconds indicator just inside the 9 o’clock hour marker, 300 meters of water resistance, and a P.9010 in-house-manufactured automatic movement. Oh, and the brand signature: that infamous crown protector, whose locking lever now bears the same “E-Steel” logo as the wordmark at 6 o’clock.
I personally don’t mind the designation, though maybe it would have been best left on just the case itself since that’s the component actually made from recycled steel? Early chatter on social media also decried its resemblance to the Internet Explorer logo (for what it’s worth, I’d actually thought it looked more like my Volvo’s “Drive-E” eco-mode symbol), but regardless of your stance on what the “e” actually looks like, I think most dyed-in-the-wool luxury replica Panerai fans prefer as little information on their dials as possible, and nothing short of the PAM 721’s period-correct minimalism will ever be enough.
Model: Luminor Marina E-Steel PAM1356 (Verde Smeraldo), PAM1358 (Grigio Roccia), PAM1157 (Blue Profondo)
Water Resistance: 300 meters
Case Material: Recycled “E-Steel”
Movement: Panerai P.9010 (hours, minutes, date, small seconds)
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds
Power Reserve: 3 Days
Strap/Bracelet: Recycled PET nylon with pin buckle
Price & Availability: $8,700 USD, available Fall 2021