As Harrods unveils a month-long watch “takeover” of its Brompton Road windows, Panerai releases a British Racing Green Luminor Marina, exclusively available at Harrods’ fine watch room.
The limited edition Luminor Marina is not quite the first Panerai ever to come with a green dial – there have been Bronzo pieces in green before – but it is a bit of a treat. It’s not the first time a watch brand has chosen British racing green for a London-based launch – remember the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso in green? – but it is still a rarity. Panerai is not a brand to trot out blue dial variants every six months (indeed, it only recently started branching out from standard black or white), so its decision to release a first-of-a-kind green piece for London this summer is not to be overlooked.
Of course, it also happens to match Harrods’ own green fairly well.
The watch is a Luminor Marina 1950 Automatic, in a titanium case, with a three-day power reserve. It’s closest to the PAM00359 from the existing range – sharing as it does the small-size arabic numerals rather than baton indexes (other than the 12-6-9 which, naturally, stand large and proud). So you have the small seconds dial at 9 o’clock, the date at 3 o’clock, and the trademark Luminor crown guard.
The movement is the in-house automatic P.9000 calibre, with a three-day power reserve, beating at 28,800 vph. The watch measures 44mm across, and comes with a choice of steel bracelet or matching green fabric strap. The caseback is engraved “Harrods” to mark the special association – a nice touch, but we would love to see a co-branded dial in the style of retailer partnerships of yore.
The dial is of course the typical Panerai sandwich construction, with a layer of superluminova beneath the stencilled indexes. In this watch in particular this gives it a great two-tone green feel.
We will bring you more information on the Panerai Luminor Marina Harrods Limited Edition as soon as we have it.