Don’t Keep a Dragon Waiting – Hands on with the Panerai Luminor Sealand Dragon Watch
When I got the call that my nearby Panerai store had another, super restricted version Year of the Dragon watch for me to review I advanced as quick as possible! These dragons won’t keep an eye out for long!
Panerai and China have a shared deference for one another; Chinese buyers love their Panerai watches for their durable, larger than usual great looks, and their solid assertion of uniqueness! Alternately, Panerai loves their Chinese purchasers, and they honor them with China just models.
Panerai further distinctions the Chinese market with yearly pieces commemorating the 12 diverse zodiac indications of the Chinese prophetic schedule: the current year’s piece is model PAM840 otherwise known as the Dragon Watch. The PAM840 is intended to epitomize the ground-breaking and inconsistent head of the Chinese zodiac through the magical and legendary dragon – and their similarly legendary watch. To keep the persona, Panerai have restricted creation to 50 units total.
The Panerai Dragon watch is housed in a “Sealand” case; a ‘tracker’ style case 44mmLuminor, with the protected crown watchman and locking component at 3 o’clock.
Hunter cases were first evolved to ensure the delicate gems of pocket watches from the afflictions of utilization on a speedy chase. At the point when you see the degree of complexity of the hand pursued steel and gold engraved top, executed by James Purdey and Sons of London, (a sister brand to Panerai in the Richemont Group), you understand that it is somewhat similar to utilizing a Pablo Picasso tile as a trivet to ensure the outside of your kitchen countertop!
The OP III development controls the PAM840; a Chronometre grade development dependent on the Valjoux 7750. A similar unit found in the Luminor Submersibles and Luminor Marina Automatic models.
Opening the spring-stacked cover, pivoted at 12 o’clock, uncovers a steel dial, with rotating surfaces, dark hour markers – suggestive yet not the same as the tuxedo dials found on the other Sealand models. For those of you looking for that acclaimed Panerai glow – have most likely that in the dead of night the time will be readable – however having just ‘dot’ markers at every hour, stick markers signifying 15, 30, 45 and 60 seconds on the auxiliary seconds dial and brilliant hands – the Dragon watch won’t be your decision for evening time or underwater adventures!
From the point of view of esthetics and workmanship, there’s surely a great deal to like about this watch. I have a couple of Panerai watches, some of them are China just and Shanghai just models – none are as restricted and therefore selective as this! Without a doubt, the PAM840 would make a pleasant expansion to my assortment and would definitely be the delegated piece of any Sino-driven watch assortment – however for one little detail: I’m an Ox!
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This article is composed by Mario Squillacioti, editorial manager for Monochrome Watches .