Panerai's Due collection is both rugged and elegant
Panerai’s latest additions to its Luminor Due family proves the brand needn't only be known for chunky dive watches.
Italian and proud, Panerai has never been one to follow characteristics put down by the Swiss watch industry. While Patek Philippe, Rolex and Omega rarely shy away from the traditional, Panerai has long been doing exactly what it wants to with its watches; case-in-point, its cushion-style case. Its watches are also easily characterised by their enormous crown guards poking out the side of the case.
Panerai’s were born out of a need to provide to the Italian marine forces with timepieces, and so elegance initially was not on the top of the to-do list. But the Panerai Luminor Due family has been changing all that.
The Luminor Due line up is the brand’s entry into the world of precious materials and smaller sizes.
Thanks to a new in-house movement inside, Due family watches clock in at a mere 10.7 mm. Couple this with a 38 mm diameter case, and the Due becomes seriously smaller than previous Panerai iterations.
Sylvester Stallone himself brought the Panerai a lot of publicity when he donned a watch in the movie Daylight from 1996.
While the watch in this film was a chunky, matte chronograph (we can easily see Stallone wanted to put one of these on his enormous wrists - yes, there’s a 42mm option).
Stallone rocking a Panerai Luminor in Daylight
The new models come in Goldtech (Panerai’s own treated gold), stainless steel or ceramic, and all have the more modest proportions the Due line is known for. The watches vary from showing just the time, date and small seconds, to also including a morning/afternoon indicator and a power reserve indicator.
Prices vary from around 22,600 AED to around 57,600 AED for the Goldtech models.
Take a look at our favourite Panera Due models below: