If you’re looking for something a bit more robust to adorn your wrist next summer at the beach than maybe it’s time to consider a Panerai. The brand will be showcasing several new models next year at SIHH 2013, including this rather distinctive looking new Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio.
Admittedly you probably wouldn’t want to wear it to go swimming, but it would look pretty good on your wrist as you sit on the deck of your yacht with an espresso and a copy of your ‘summer read’.
In A Split-Second
Presented in a brushed titanium case with polished titanium bezel, the 8 Days Titanio is certainly no shrinking violet at 47mm, but as they say, go big or go home. As with most Panerais the design is quite simplistic, yet still attractive in a stripped-back, bare-essentials kind of way. The sandwich-style dial features hours, minutes and seconds as well as chronograph indicators and linear power reserve indicator.
As the name suggests the 8 Days Titanio is a rattrapante, or split-second chronograph, featuring a vertical clutch and twin column wheels, hence the additional seconds hand on the dial. The relative benefit of this from an accuracy point of view is debatable, however it will certainly make you look and feel like you mean business, even if you have no timekeeping responsibilities.
Possibly recognizing that you will have probably spent the last few hours lying in the sun before feeling the urge to time something, like a boat race for example, Panerai has clearly labeled the chronograph pushers to remove any possibility of confusion. The first split-seconds timing hand is activated by the button at 8 o’clock (embossed “C” for ‘chronograph’), and the second is activated by the button at 10 o’clock (embossed “R” for ‘rattrapante’).
Powered by a manually-wound Panerai caliber p.2006, the movement also offers an impressive 8-day power reserve thanks to the inclusion of an additional 2 barrels, making 3 in total.
Official pricing and availability will be confirmed early next year.
The Final Word
At 47mm the Panerai Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio is simply not a feasible option for everyday wear in my opinion. That being said however, its robust design, clean dial and simplistic good looks make it the perfect summertime companion, and will be sure to turn more than a few heads down at the yacht club.