Panerai’s atypical statement of elegance.
A compact version of the iconic Panerai fake watch that debuted in 2016, the Luminor Due is essentially a scaled-down version of the military-style original that can easily fit on smaller wrists. So far, the Luminor Due has remained minimalist, with no complications other than the date display.
But now Panerai has introduced the more refined Luminor Due Luna, which has a small seconds and moon phase display with a solid gold moon disc.
I like the compact size of the Due, and the more formal shape that allows it to double as a dress watch. Although the original full-size Luminor had a clean, almost elegant design, its sheer size and stark aesthetic meant it could only be a military-style watch. The Due, on the other hand, manages to retain the silhouette of the original Luminor while being modestly elegant.
For this reason, the new Luna is an appealing watch. At just 38mm wide, it’s noticeably more wear-resistant, and a sculpted solid gold moon adds a touch of brilliance. The all-gold model is paired with a mother-of-pearl dial for even more luxury.
Interestingly, the Luminor Due is primarily aimed at female clients, but the models have a masculine aesthetic. The Luna continues with a steel and metallic blue dial, a combination that makes it look very much like a traditional men’s watch.
The dial design is largely classic Panerai, although the proportions seem a little off due to the small diameter of the dial. Both the hour markers and the twin dials feel too large compared to the case, giving it an exaggerated aesthetic, although the layout may have been made with legibility in mind.
It is worth mentioning that the internal P.900 movement is the entry-level movement used by many brands in the Richemont group except Panerai. Considering the Luna’s retail price, the movement is simple but adequate, making it at the affordable end of the Panerai range of automatic watches.
Naturally, the Luna is clearly too fancy to be compared to the traditional Marina Militare Panerai, so it is definitely not suitable for collectors with a traditional mindset. But it’s a useful option for those who just want the Panerai look without the big size or clean design.Luminor Due
a golden moon
The Luna debuts in four styles, from a basic stainless steel version with a brushed “sunburst” dial to a top-of-the-line gold version with a mother-of-pearl dial.
It is worth noting that the stainless steel model is also equipped with a matching bracelet designed with the Panerai logo. It consists of links modeled after the Luminor crown lock bridge, with a brushed outer part and a polished center part. The heavy bracelet will definitely give Luna more weight.
But the Luna’s highlight is the moon phase at three o’clock. Housed within a traditional semi-circular aperture, the moon phase disc is a two-piece structure consisting of a golden moon against the backdrop of the night sky. But the moon is actually a disc made of 24k solid gold with dimples carved into it to reproduce the craters on the actual lunar surface. fake watch for sale
The night sky background, on the other hand, has a fine grained surface with scattered sculpted spheres representing the stars. While the stars are not as delicate as the golden moon, they are more unusual than the printed stars on most moon phases.
Inside the watch is the P.900/MP, an automatic movement with a three-day power reserve. It’s finished in the brand’s usual minimalist style, with neat brushed bridges and blue-filled engravings. However, the movement is only visible on the gold version, as the stainless steel model has a closed caseback.
Although custom-made for Panerai, the P.900 is actually a movement developed by Valfleurier, the movement specialist behind many of the Richemont brands. Considered a no-frills workhorse for entry-level models, this movement is also known as the Cartier 1847 MC (found in the latest Pasha, for example), the IWC 32000 series (found in the base model pilot’s watch), and the Baume & Mercier Baumatic.
Panerai Luminor Due Luna
refer to. PAM01179 (steel, blue dial, strap)
refer to. PAM01180 (steel, white dial, strap)
refer to. PAM01181 (gold, mother-of-pearl dial, strap)
refer to. PAM01301 (steel, white dial, bracelet)
Height: not available
Water resistance: 300 m
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds, moon phase
Frequency: 28,800 beats per hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: three days
Strap: Alligator leather pin buckle or stainless steel bracelet