When it comes to Panerai, we’ve written about how one should stick to more traditional sized models. After all, if you’re into Panerai you should be getting into something that’s a bit loud and proud on the wrist. While we’re not dissuading anyone from acquiring a smaller model, it’s our opinion that models such as the new Panerai Laminar California 8 Days DLC PAM00779 are ideal for anyone who wants a taste of strapping on a big ole PAM.
The new model is a titanium DLC’d case with a California dial, which using Roman numerals on the upper half of the dial and arabic numerals not the lower half. It’s a bit quirky, but the dial design is still very much in-line with horological history. The blue hand combined with the cream dial markers really makes for a handsome look. Sometime blacked out watches can look too flat, but the blue hands really are a subtle way to counter this effect. This model also comes on a dark brown bund strap, which is a combo that somehow really works. The big footprint of the strip mitigates the large 44mm case size. The PAM00779 also comes with a rubber strap for those who want to partake in some water fun.
A 3Hz P.5000 in-house calibre offers a massive 8-day power reserve (using 2 mainspring barrels), a much desired trait in today’s Luminor line. The super clean dial (sans date complication) is always going to be a hit, as big, simple and bold is one of the hallmarks of the brand.
While were not sure how the coating will hold up, fortunately Panerai watches, in general, look even better with some wear marks. This one will retail for just less than $10,000 when it comes out later this year.