SIHH '18 - Sky's The Limit: Panerai L'Astronomo Luminor 1950 PAM920

Exploring the universe just got sexier.

BY Celine Yap | Jan 18, 2018 | Feature

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When Panerai sets out to make a complicated watch, it’s practically a guarantee the final creation will not be anything the market has already seen. It was like that with the 2010 L'Astronomo PAM365 and it continues this way with the new PAM920 one. Like its predecessor, it provides readings of the time as regulated by a tourbillon, a date display, the equation of time with sunset and sunrise, and a celestial display on the back. But this watch also brings something new to the fore: a moon phase indicator. Indeed, this is the very first Panerai with a moon phase complication.

On a generously sized rotating display at the back, the phases of the moon may be read through a large moon aperture that also completes one full rotation every 24 hours and together with a bright yellow sun functions as a day/night indicator. This feature may be personalised to the watch owner’s home city (or any location), which means it can also provide a dual time function.

Another innovative aspect of the PAM920 is its date disc made of polarised crystal. Through the open-worked dial, much of the movement can be clearly admired but one may easily miss the date disc because instead of printed digits encircling the dial, there is nothing at all. Panerai achieves this by laser engraving the numerals on the sapphire so that they are only visible when under the date aperture. Patented by Panerai, this ingenious process allows the manufacture to not clutter up an already busy design.