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Introducing The Refined Officine Panerai Luminor Due 38mm Collection

If you’ve always wanted to wear an Officine Panerai watch but felt like they looked too big for your wrist, then we’ve got great news for you. Officially unveiled at SIHH 2018, the new Officine Panerai Luminor Due 38mm collection offers the same iconic style and robust design you know and love, but in a noticeably smaller, slimmed down 38mm case. And with four different versions available for pre-order now, we’re confident we’ve got the perfect Officine Panerai for you.

If you’re already familiar with the Officine Panerai brand, you probably aware that the name is synonymous with ‘big’ watches. This is because the company traces its watchmaking origins back to Florence in the 1930’s, when it first began creating over-sized, instrument-style dive watches for the frogman commandos of the First Submarine Group Command of the Royal Italian Navy. If you want to know more about this fascinating history, we recommend reading this fantastic article by the Jewellery Editor.

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It’s a strong heritage the company is rightly proud of and so don’t expect Officine Panerai to stop making larger diameter dive watches any time soon. Recognising, however, that its distinctive, Italian-inspired aesthetic is attractive to a wide audience but not necessarily accessible to all, the Swiss watch manufacturer introduced the 42mm Luminor Due Collection in 2016. Extremely well-received, Officine Panerai now adds the even smaller 38mm Luminor Due to this collection in 2018.

The Officine Panerai Luminor Due 38mm Collection

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The new Officine Panerai Luminor Due 38mm collection is comprised of four key models, split into two styles: the PAM00755 and PAM00908 feature an understated anthracite or satin black sandwich dial, whilst the PAM00756 and PAM00903 offer a modern-looking ivory dial. All models are available in the distinctive Officine Panerai cushion-shaped case, measuring 38mm x 11.2mm thick, and come in your choice of stainless steel or 18ct polished red gold.

Depending on your personal tastes, you may want to opt for the iconic sandwich dial with baton indexes, a well-known hallmark of Officine Panerai. If you prefer something a little edgier, however, the ivory dial with its distinctive blue Arabic numerals and ivory dots is quite eye-catching, despite its relatively simple appearance, especially when paired with one of the colourful leather straps. Of course, if you need to keep things low-key for a specific occasion, the fast-changing strap system allows you to quickly and easily switch to a more muted tone.

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All four models feature a new automatic mechanical movement called calibre OP XXXIV. It’s not an in-house movement as such, but it has been designed and manufactured to Officine Panerai’s specifications and standards by ValFleurier (a dedicated movement manufacturer owned by Officine Panerai’s parent company, Richemont.) Displaying the time and date, it indicates the hours and minutes centrally, with small seconds shown on a separate sub-dial at 9 o’clock and a date window at 3 o’clock. The design is unmistakably Officine Panerai, instantly recognisable on the wrist even in this smaller case size.

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The automatic calibre OP XXXIV beats at a 4Hz frequency and offers a healthy power reserve of 3 days. Impressively, it is also equipped with a silicon escape wheel and pallet fork, bestowing the movement with anti-magnetic properties. In the steel versions, the movement is hidden away behind a closed case back, whilst the rose gold PAM00756 offers a sapphire exhibition caseback.

If you prefer something even more elaborate, the caseback of the rose gold PAM00908 has beautifully engraved with a striking design. At its centre is the FU symbol, which for centuries has evoked good luck, long life, happiness and prosperity. It is a symbol of universal importance, associated with the ancient traditions of Chinese culture, and it is widely used as a decoration because of its auspicious power and the beauty of its design. The symbol FU is surrounded by plum flowers, expressing resilience and perseverance, and peonies, symbolising wealth.

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Available for pre-order from Berry’s Jewellers now, the new Officine Panerai Luminor 38mm Due collection is sure to be a hit this summer.

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