2012/01/25 - Officine Panerai Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Ceramica

The Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Ceramica is a watch of great character, offering not only the complex, sophisticated tourbillon regulator mechanism patented by Officine Panerai – with a balance which rotates on its own axis in a period of 30 seconds, thus correcting any possible errors due to the force of gravity – but also the indication of a second time zone and the visual display of the power reserve of six days, achieved by three spring barrels connected in series.

The material of which the Luminor 1950 case (48mm in diameter) has been made also expresses the technical mastery of the Officine Panerai manufacture: it is a synthetic ceramic based on zirconium powder which, by means of a complex series of working and finishing processes, acquires a particularly uniform and even matt black appearance, as well as ensuring excellent performance in terms of hardness, resistance to scratches, corrosive agents and high temperatures.

The black dial has a simple graphic appearance reduced to essentials and is of the classic sandwich structure created in the 1930s by Officine Panerai to achieve the maximum legibility even in conditions of very low light. The small dial at 3 o’clock provides am/pm indication over 24 hours. The small seconds dial, at 9 o’clock, also contains an original indicator, consisting of a series of dot markers, which is connected to the tourbillon and therefore moves at twice the speed of the seconds hand, completing one revolution in 30 seconds.




Technical specifications


MOVEMENT : Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.2005/B calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 16¼ lignes, 9.1 mm thick, 31 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 6 days, three barrels. 239 components.

FUNCTIONS : Hours, minutes, small seconds, second time zone, 24h indicator, power reserve indicator on the back, tourbillon.

CASE : Diameter 48 mm, black ceramic.

BEZEL : Black ceramic.

BACK : See-through sapphire crystal.

DIAL : Black, with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. 24h indicator at 3 o’clock, seconds and tourbillon indicator at 9 o’clock.

CRYSTAL : Sapphire, formed of corundum, 2 mm thick. Double anti-reflective coating.

WATER-RESISTANCE : 10 bar (~100 metres).

STRAP : PANERAI personalised leather strap and adjustable steel buckle with special hard black coating. Supplied with a second interchangeable strap and a steel screwdriver.