Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta11:29 am
One of the most intriguing watches that Panerai has launched in the past decade is the Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio Watch. The name of this watch is long but it explains the watch rather well. Let’s start with what a regatta is:
What in the world is a regatta?
A Regatta is a series of yacht (other boats as well but in the case of Panerai its yachts) races. In a regatta, audible and visual clues are given 5 minutes and ten minutes before the event starts. Obviously no yacht is allowed to cross the starting line during this time.
In a normal watch a chronograph starts at Zero (or the 60 minute mark). In a regatta it can be setup to start before the zero hour. For example it can start 5 minutes before zero in the form of a countdown and when it crosses the zero it becomes a normal chronograph to record time. All of this done without any battery or electric power is fascinating.
The Panerai Regatta 3 Days, is activated by pressing the pusher located at 4 o’clock. It pushes back the Orange hand in one minute increments. The pusher at 10 o’clock is the start stop pusher which activates the countdown/chronograph. The orange hand marks the minutes and the blue hands marks the seconds. To stop it, one must push the 10 o’clock pusher again.
What about the Flyback?
To reset a normal chronograph one must first stop the chronograph. In a flyback chronograph, one can simply press the flyback button to restart the chronograph. This helps when one needs to record laps or repetitive timings. A digital watch may do it better but there’s lack of style in that. In the Panerai the reset button is located at 8 o’clock.
Luminor 1950, Titanio, 3 days?
The Panerai belongs to the now famous Luminor collection. Work on the luminor collection completed in 1950. The luminor was characterized by the crown-protecting bridge present in the case. A new self-luminous substance, Luminor also superseded the radium-based paste, Tritium.
The Panerai Regatta has a 47 MM titanium case which gives the watch the name – Titanio. It also features a lovely see through caseback which gives us visibility of the movement.
The P.9100/R is no conventional chronograph movement, offering dual barrels supporting 72 hours of power reserve alongside a column wheel chronograph with a vertical clutch. Comprised of 328 pieces with 37 jewels, the P.9100/R even incorporates a KIF Parechoc anti-shock system.
So the name explains it all – The 3 days power reserve movement, The titanium case, The regatta, The fly back and, Best of all is the history, engineering and quality that the name Panerai stands for.
By Pranav Saboo
Editor in Chief
Pranav Saboo is the founder of Ethoswatches.com. Inheriting an unshakable love for horology from his family, Pranav’s aim has always been to bring luxury to India in the most ethical and unconventional way. He founded Ethoswatches.com in 2010 to change the way people in India choose their watch. Since then, Ethos has become the largest website for luxury timepieces in the country and the most trusted watch retailer. He has also been appreciated in the horological world for his efforts made to educate and protect people from malpractices that are prevalent in the watch industry.