To celebrate its association with ORACLE TEAM USA, Defender of the 2017 America’s Cup, Panerai has created the special edition Luminor 1950 Regatta ORACLE TEAM USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio, an automatic chronograph with a power reserve of three days, fitted with the Regatta countdown mechanism. This is a new model of an instrument with sophisticated technical solutions, designed to be worn by sailing enthusiasts, and its design is inspired by the colours of ORACLE TEAM USA: black, red, white and blue.
The Regatta countdown function is remarkably simple to use, reflecting the excellence of the technical innovation within the P.9100/R automatic chronograph calibre used in the Luminor 1950 Regatta ORACLE TEAM USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic. A red push-piece at 4 o’clock causes the central red chronograph minute hand to move back in one-minute jumps, until it is set to the correct countdown position. When the chronograph is started, by operating the start/stop push-piece at 10 o’clock, the relative hands start to move, initially indicating the minutes and seconds remaining before the start and, once the countdown is finished, the time elapsed from the start of the race. The push-piece at 9 o’clock returns all the chronograph hands to zero or, if it is pressed when the hands are already moving, it operates the return-to-zero (flyback) function, thus enabling a new time interval to be started immediately without carrying out the stop and reset operations.
The black dial of the Luminor 1950 Regatta ORACLE TEAM USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic has the sandwich structure and the classic Panerai design with its large linear markers and figures, enhanced by the elements which enable the indications of the chronograph functions to be read.
The chronograph hands are central and distinguished by different easily recognisable colours, while the red hand indicating the hours rotates in the small dial at 3 o’clock, symmetrical with the small seconds dial with a blue hand. On the flange are the 15-minute scale of the count-down counter, with the last ten minutes marked in blue and red, and also the tachymeter scale in knots which enables the speed of the yacht to be measured over a predetermined distance.
The Luminor 1950 case has the characteristic Panerai lever device for protecting the winding crown, and it is 47 mm in diameter. It is made of brushed titanium, a material which is light and strong with the bezel polished in contrast. The solid back is engraved in relief with the logo ORACLE TEAM USA, the inscription 35TH AMERICA’S CUP and a drawing of the defending team’s legendary trimaran.
The P.9100/R automatic movement have several technical characteristics which are evidence of the level of technical excellence of the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel: it is a sophisticated chronograph movement with a vertical clutch and column wheel, a variable inertia balance which oscillates at 28,800 vibrations an hour, and the seconds reset mechanism for accurate synchronisation. The rotor winding the springs of the two spring barrels oscillates in both directions, providing a power reserve of three days, the minimum standard for Panerai in-house calibres.
Water-resistant to 10 atmospheres (100 metres), as is appropriate for an advanced instrument for professional sailors, there are only 200 units of the Luminor 1950 Regatta ORACLE TEAM USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic (PAM00726).
It is supplied with a black strap of untreated leather, personalised with the America’s Cup logo heat-embossed on both sides, with contrasting sewing in red and blue thread.
Model: Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio – 47mm
Automatic mechanical, P.9100/R calibre, executed entirely by Panerai
Power reserve: 72H
Hours, minutes, small seconds, seconds reset, flyback chronograph, regatta countdown, knots scale for calculation of average boat speed
47 mm, brushed titanium
Water-resistance: 10 bar (~100 metres)
Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers
Hours counter at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock, central chronograph seconds and minutes hands, knot scale on the rehaut