By Arjun Sekhri & Romit Jethwaney — March 02, 2013
From the union of Officine Panerai and the world of classic sailing, the Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio was born. This is a chronograph with an automatic movement and a three-day power reserve, fitted with the Regatta countdown function, specifically created for yacht racing starts.
The remarkable simplicity of using the Regatta countdown function proves the excellence of the technical innovation achieved by the new P.9001R automatic chronograph. An orange push-button at four o’clock moves the central orange chronograph minute hand back one minute at a time, until it is at the correct position in relation to the length of the countdown.
On starting the chronograph, by pushing the chronograph stop/start button at ten o’clock, the relative hands begin to move, indicating first the minutes and seconds remaining until the start and then the time elapsed since the start of the race. The push-button at eight o’clock ends the time measurement, returning all the chronograph hands to zero. Alternatively, if it is operated while the hands are still moving, it activates the return-to-zero (flyback) function, thus enabling a new time interval to be measured immediately without operating the stop and reset buttons.
The black dial of the Luminor has the sandwich structure and the classic Panerai design distinguished by the large linear hour markers and figures, enriched by the elements enabling the indications of the chronograph functions to be read.
The Luminor 1950 case has the characteristic Panerai lever device for protecting the winding crown and is 47 mm in diameter. It is made of brushed titanium, contrasting with the polished bezel. Water-resistant to 10 atmospheres (about 100 metres), as is to be expected of an advanced instrument for serious sailors, the Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio is part of the Contemporary Collection. It is supplied with a rubber strap, easily replaceable thanks to the patented Officine Panerai system, using the little tool provided.
Panerai has deep rooted passion for the sea and is the official sponsor of several prestigious regatta events, including Les Regates Royales At Cannes, The Cowes British Classic Week, Nantucket’s Opera House Cup and The Anigua Classic Yacht Regatta.
Priced at USD 11,800, this Panerai sails through the smoothest wave.
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