Innovation, a fine tradition in technical mastery and an ongoing commitment to the development of new models and movements which are increasingly functional and reliable: the 2009 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva marks an important turning point for Officine Panerai as it presents a new family of handmade movements designed and made entirely in-house. It's the family of movements P.9000, whose three new calibres join the existing four.
With the development of the P.9000, P.9001 and P.9002, Officine Panerai - originally a supplier of highly specialised watches to the Royal Italian Navy - made its name as one of the few international high-end watch makers which design the majority of their watch movement components in-house.
This is an undertaking which Officine Panerai has completed in an incredibly short time. Few other watchmakers have succeeded in developing and making no fewer than eight of its own calibres - P.2002, P.2003, P.2004, P.2005, P.2006, P.9000, P.9001 and P.9002 - fully operational and available in just seven years, with the design for the first calibre dating back to 2002.
The new movements: general specifications
The new family of calibres P.9000 by Officine Panerai is used in a series of Luminor 1950 models belonging to the Manifattura Collection, and consists of three calibres - P.9000, P.9001 and P.9002 - equipped with a range of different functions including an automatic movement with a 3-day power reserve and a particular technical design which, like the watches themselves, make these movements immediately distinctive.
The new calibres all have a diameter of 13 ¾ lignes , two barrels which guarantee 72 hours of power reserve; a single piece rotor which winds by moving in both directions thanks to an ingenious ratchet device; a balance wheel with adjustment screws, oscillating at a frequency of 4 Hz; a date display and stop seconds device which allows for accurate synchronisation of the hand with an external time signal.
To house these new movements, a specially-made version of the Luminor 1950 case from the Manifattura Collection has been designed, keeping the proportions of the original but holding a slightly less convex sapphire crystal which only barely protrudes from the bezel.
The calibre P.9000
The calibre P.9000, with 195 components, is used in the Luminor 1950 Marina models and the Luminor 1950 Submersible.
The two Luminor 1950 Marina time pieces - PAM00312 and PAM00328, have a 44mm diameter steel case and are characterised by a black sandwich dial and a small seconds dial at 9, like the historic models. Water-resistant in depths of up to 300 metres, the first two models have an alligator strap, or the new metal bracelet, which has brushed asymmetric links rounded lengthways as well as across, but with polished points of contact.
The latest version of the Luminor Submersible (PAM00305), thanks to the new movement, joins the Manifattura Collection for the very first time. With a 47 mm diameter titanium case, it's a professional underwater model, watertight in depths of up to 300 metres. Distinctive features, in addition to its size, include a particularly large bezel with stud and relief markers, as well as a dial with wide baton hands - a design taking inspiration from the details of historic dials. It comes complete with a natural rubber strap.
The calibre P.9001
The calibre P.9001 (227 components) also comes equipped with a GMT function with 12h indicator, a seconds-reset device - historically designed for watch synchronisation - as well as a power reserve indicator, and it is used to operate two other new Luminor 1950 models, identified by the numbers PAM00320 and PAM00329.
Both models are made in steel, have a 44mm diameter case, the classic sandwich dial design and feature a third hand for the second time zone in the centre. The power reserve can be read from a rotating disc on the movement, seen through the sapphire crystal caseback, and the case is water resistant in depths of up to 300 metres. Equal in size, design and features, the two models differ only in their strap: in alligator with the new design for the PAM00320 and metal bracelet for the PAM00329.
The calibre P.9002
The calibre P.9002 (236 components) differs from the P.9001 in its power reserve indicator alone and is used for the latest model in the new Luminor 1950 Manifattura Collection. In this case, the power reserve can be read by a small hand which moves along a circular arc on the dial - a classic sandwich design like the other models.
Identified by the number PAM00321 and water resistant in depths of up to 300 metres, this watch is only available with the new version of the alligator strap.