Luxury Italian watchmaker Panerai celebrates the ‘Year of the Rat’ with the launch of its 12th Luminor Sealand model. This model marks the end of a 12-year cycle of the Chinese New Year, in which each year is distinguished by a different zodiac sign represented by an animal (Rat, for Chinese New Year 2020).
Since 2009, the watchmaker has been launching one watch dedicated to the animal the Chinese year is dedicated to. In 2009, in the year of os, it was the ox.
The latest edition is the Luminor Sealand- 44mm (PAM00863), which is designed using the ancient technique of sparsello, an Italian way of designing, in which steel is engraved to form a unique pattern covered with fine threads of gold, which are hammered until the cavity is filled. It takes approximately 50 hours for a craftsman to design one watch of the limited edition of 88 pieces.
The mechanical movement of the new Luminor Sealand – 44 mm is the P. 9010 Calibre, which has a power reserve of three days provided by twin spring barrels and rapid time adjustment, which also changes the calendar. It is fitted with a semi-matt calf strap, gold in colour with beige stitching, and is presented in a pear wood box. It comes with a second strap of black rubber, a special tool for changing the strap and a screwdriver to remove the buckle. The watch is water-resistant up to 100 metres.
The design on this model’s cover highlights the golden rat with other floral elements. The grey dial has printed Arabic numerals on it and linear hour markers, supplemented by luminous SuperLumiNovaTM dots. It is encased in the brush-finished AISI 316L steel case.