Chris Pratt's Panerai watch is built for an action blockbuster
Big, bulky, save-the-day Panerai watches are proper action heroes. The brand was founded in Florence in 1860, and by the turn of the next century, had become an official supplier to the Marina Militare (the Italian version of the marines, shockingly). In other words, these are proper, earned-their-stripes tough guy watches. We can't tell exactly what a Panerai gets up to on its travels, but rest assured it involves equal parts midnight manoeuvres and multi-course dinners in which pasta is somehow served as a starter.
Since 1993, the brand's military-approved watches have been available on civvy street, too. No longer did you need a thousand-yard stare and some medals on your chest to get one on your wrist. But that doesn't mean they've gone soft. Panerai still makes action man watches. They're even worn by the proper action men from proper action films.
Take Chris Pratt. On his most recent red carpet appearance, he wore a Panerai Black Luminor 1950, which is the sort of robust, hi-tech watch that's born for special ops raids. Those kinds of operation are, admittedly, in short supply in the film he was promoting (Onwards is about animated elves who are trying to spend just one more day with their dead dad). But Pratt's back-catalogue is full of action films, and he is thus more than entitled to his action film watch: Avengers: Endgame, for instance, and Guardians Of The Galaxy, and two Jurassic Park instalments. Two!
And there's no better watch to tackle a scourge of genetically engineered dinos. The Black Luminor 1950 (ref. PAM01441) is the result of a patent filed in 1956 that saw Panerai pioneer a crown-protecting bridge. It's this very feature that distinguishes the Luminor family, with the latch-like design built to prevent water infiltrating the case, and shield the crown seal from the stress of constant winding.
Later developments also battle-hardened the Luminor. Pratt's all-black choice of Panerai is five times harder than stainless steel, thanks to a ceramic material produced by a very hush-hush production process. Inside, there's an equally innovative movement; the P.9010 calibre powers a date function, a second sub-dial, and three days worth of juice thanks to an oscillating rotor that winds the springs in each direction.
All of which is haute horlogerie speak (or, in this case, orologeria Svizzera) for a Very Tough Watch. Granted, it may not be enough to fly you through basic training. But it will look good for a slo-mo exit from the nearest exploding building.