Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand Purdey Lion PAM853

The last watch of this trio, is that the PAM 737 Panerai 2 Watch Set Replica Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio, which is based on the PAM 311. This particular version has Panerai’s unique 44mm broad Luminor 1950 case together with all the iconic bridge lever device and it is made from titanium. The PAM 737 also has a profound matte sandwich dial, and it’s easily the busiest looking of this trio due to its numerous complications.To start, it is a mono-pusher chronograph. The PAM 737 includes a central chronograph seconds hand; a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock; a 24-hour indicator with AM/PM integrated to the sub seconds dial at 9 o’clock; and finally, a linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock. There is a lot to see on the dial, but fortunately the signs have practical functions, so there’s absolutely no superfluousness here.The movement within the PAM 737 is the Calibre P.2004, an in-house, hand-wound motion that’s one Panerai’s more complicated calibers. Visible through a sapphire display caseback, the motion is finished in Panerai’s unique industrial fashion and owners can definitely see the column wheel mechanism. The P.2004 also features a zero-reset system for easy and precise setting of the time.As a fan of Panerai, I’ve mixed feelings about these 3 new bits. I do believe the matte green dials are extremely attractive, but I’m a bit disappointed that these watches are basically green dial versions of existing bits. I believe it’s a missed chance for Panerai to make more significant changes. As an example, the PAM 736 Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio could really do without a date screen to allow it to stand out more from the PAM 514 on which it is based. Nevertheless, considering Panerai’s sizable base of committed devotees, I am sure these watches will have their own fans.Apart from being produced in limited amounts, the other point to note about these new bits is that they are exclusive to Panerai boutiques. The PAM 735 Panerai Radiomir 8 Days Titanio is priced at $12,100 and is limited to 250 units.

James Purdey & Sons is a British maker of handmade sporting guns that cost as much as a nice car; US$100,000 gets you a pretty basic rifle. A corporate sibling of Panerai Watches Radiomir Replica in Swiss luxury conglomerate Richemont, Purdey has teamed up with the watchmaker several times on the Luminor Sealand watches, distinguished by hinged lids covered with gun engraving.

Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand Purdey Lion PAM853

The latest is the Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio, a series of watches depicting the “Big Five” game animals of African hunting: lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros.

Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand Purdey

While not the only engraved timepieces Panerai offers – the range includes the Sealand engraved by Italian craftsmen and Radiomir Special Editions – the Purdey watches are especially finely finished.

Each watch is decorated by Purdey’s artisans in the same manner as its guns, with each watch taking a week to finish. The decoration starts with a temporary outline done in chalk, which is then traced with a burin, a sharp-tipped engraving tool.

Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand Purdey Rhinoceros PAM857

Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand Purdey Leopard PAM854

Shading and depth is added by engraving fine parallel lines, while the rim of the lid is finished with a gold inlay in a motif inspired by African art.

Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand Purdey Buffalo PAM855

The five share the same stainless steel Luminor 1950 case with the in-house P.9000 hand-wound movement inside.

Price and availability 

Limited to 80 watches in total for the “Big Five”, each costs £20,500 taxes included, equivalent to US$25,500. They will be available starting November 17 at Purdey in London’s Mayfair or online.

The model references are as follows:

PAM00853 – African lion
PAM00854 – Leopard
PAM00855 – Cape buffalo
PAM00856 – African elephant
PAM00857 – Rhinoceros


 

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