Panerai's Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 44mm sports a Rooster
January 13, 2017: Dedicating another model to China’s time honoured zodiac signs, Officine Panerai’s Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio now has a Rooster on the dial to tribute the Year of the Rooster, which begins on January 28, 2017.
The Rooster, one of the most energetic and determined signs of the Chinese Zodiac, symbolises the virtue of perseverance. Those born under this sign are convincing persuaders, courageous and creative, determined not to depend on the decisions of others, and at the same time they love to be the centre of attention.
Each of the 99 watches produced for this special edition has been adorned by hand by Italian master engravers using the ancient technique of “sparsello”, so named after the special tool used to decorate the cover. First grooves are made in steel before they are inlaid with gold threads in multiple parallel layers; these are then beaten until they completely fill the grooves which together form the outlines of the Rooster and the sophisticated decoration.
The work requires extraordinary skill because the process of inlaying the threads of gold is carried out after the lid has already been engraved and polished, so the slightest error could damage all the work done previously.
The engraved cover protects a grey dial, simple and easy to read, with Arabic numerals, linear hour markers and luminous dots, a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and the date at 3 o’clock. The cover has a small signalling mirror on the back and it is fitted to the Luminor 1950 case, 44 mm in diameter, which is made of brushed stainless steel.
The movement of the new watch is the P.9000 automatic calibre, entirely produced by Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, with a power reserve of three days. It is fitted with a bi-directional oscillating weight and the device for quickly adjusting the hour hand, which also automatically changes the date. The Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio - 44mm (PAM00852) is water-resistant to 10 bar (a depth of about 100 metres) and is supplied with a strap of soft brown leather. The watch is presented with a spare black rubber strap, a special tool for changing the strap and a screwdriver.