Hands-On with the Panerai L'Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation Of Time GMT - 50mm model, which is one of the most noteworthy timepieces from the famous Italian origin brand’s SIHH 2018 novelties.
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The new model is dedicated to Galileo Galilei, one of the most important personalities of human history, with his unparalleled knowledge and experience in many disciplines ranging from philosophy to modern mathematics. The model, designed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first stargazing by Galilei following the invention of the telescope, certainly gives the right to the subject which is attributed thanks to its features.
Panerai L'Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time GMT - 50mm is the newest member in the L'Astronomo model family, which is considered one of the most original and technologically distinctive groups of the Panerai product line. The new model offers details that have managed to stay loyal to the brand's DNA while pushing the boundaries of traditional high-end watchmaking.
The model case is designed with an assertive diameter of 50mm. Despite its big size, the case is still within “wearable” limits thanks to its titanium material finished in brushed matte. The water resistance rating of the case is set at 100 meters –another important asset when compared to its equivalents. The case is equipped with scratch resistant sapphire crystals on both sides which allow the artwork like design of the dial and the movement to be enjoyed with pleasure.
Panerai L'Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation Of Time GMT - 50mm is powered by the Caliber P.2005 / GLS which is developed and manufactured solely by Panerai from sketch. Let me add the GLS extension in the movement’s reference stands for the initials of "Galileo Luna Scheletrato".
The patented Tourbillon escapement’s cage is visible through the front face of the timepiece as well as complications like date, month, Equation of Time and sunrise/sunset indicator. There is also a second time zone (GMT) indicator located on the dial that is accompanied with the Panerai classic small seconds counter.
Considering the “fully loaded” nature of the model, we are not surprised to see some additional features that can be followed at the rear side of the movement. The interlaced discs that are used for showing the position of the moon and sun are visible through the sapphire crystal display caseback as well as the indicator for the 4 days power reserve the movement offers.