Panerai Creates A PCYC Collection 13 Years After Kicking Off Sponsorship of Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge

The Panerai Luminor 1950 PCYC Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic (PAM00652).

Panerai has sponsored the Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge for the past 13 years, but has never launched a collection to commemorate the event – until now. Two new models are dedicated to the PCYC. Both are flyback chronographs and one has a regatta countdown timer, a rare function for Panerai and the only one in the current collection. The Luminor 1950 PCYC Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic (PAM00652) is large, which is typical for Panerai, with a 47mm titanium case. In addition to being a flyback chronograph, it is a true regatta watch with a countdown timer, which is used for the crucial 15-minute jockeying for position that begins a yacht race. While any chronograph can track a 15-minute time period, it is inefficient for yacht racers since it requires the user to stop the hand, then return to zero and then press start again in order to begin timing the race. A countdown timer automatically begins timing the race when the countdown is finished.

The Panerai Luminor 1950 PCYC Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic (PAM00652)

The Panerai Luminor 1950 PCYC Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic (PAM00652)

The 15-minute scale is printed twice; once on the deep flange and again at the edge of the dial, with the final five minutes highlighted. The chronograph minutes hand, which runs on the central dial, is white to distinguish it from the central chronograph seconds, which is gold. The black dial is marked with contrasting beige subdials, numerals and a minute track, and faux vintage lume on the hour and minute hand creates even more contrast. Thus, the dial is clean and easy to read, despite the multiple functions. The chronograph hour totalizer is in a subdial at 3 o’clock. The running seconds is in a subdial at 9 o’clock. The strap is natural untreated leather in brown with beige top stitching. A nice touch is the OP logo that is heat stamped onto the strap close to where it meets the lugs. It contains the P.9100/R (R for Regatta, signifying the countdown function). It is priced at $17,200.

Panerai Luminor 1950 PCYC 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic (PAM00654)

The second model, the Luminor 1950 PCYC 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic (PAM00654) is smaller, with a 44mm a steel case. It is very summery, with an ivory dial with gold hands, except for the chronograph seconds counter, which is blue. The 12-hour totalizer at 3 o’clock is also outlined in blue. The caseback is engraved the image of a vintage yacht in relief. The strap is brown leather with beige stitching. It contains Caliber P.9100, with two spring barrels for a three-day power reserve. There is also a version with a black dial and beige markings, PAM00653. It is priced at $12,300.

Both new models are marked on the outer flange with a tachymeter scale that is measured in knots, so it calculates the average speed of a yacht over a particular distance (one nautical mile). The Panerai Classics Yacht challenge is a 10-venue regatta of classic yachts in beautifully restored condition. The races take place in some of the world’s most beautiful locations: the Mediterranean Circuit includes Antibes, Cannes, Argentario in Italy and the island of Minorca; the North American Circuit includes races in Marblehead, Nantucket and Newport.

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Five Watches Tough Enough To Wear On A United Airlines Flight

Scheduling a flight on United Airlines? You’d better dress for the occasion. In addition to padded head gear and a gel mouthguard, you will need a timepiece that can help you not only count down the minutes until your flight safely leaves the ground but that can take a few knocks in the event of spontaneous re-accommodation. It should also have at least 100-meter water resistance in case you are thrown from the plane mid-Atlantic. Here are five timepieces tough enough to survive an encounter with United Airlines.

Casio G-Shock.

Casio G-Shock.

The Casio GST-W300 is part of the G-Shock line, built for high-impact sports activities. This model has a Layer Guard Structure, a fusion of metal and resin materials that make it possible to reduce the size of the watch without losing shock resistance. It is solar-powered and radio-controlled, with functions that include a world timer, 1/100-second time measurement, split timing, a countdown timer, calendar, battery level indicator, super illuminator and alarm functions. It is water resistant to 200 meters.

Sinn US 1..

Sinn U1 S.

The case and crown of the Sinn U1 S diver’s watch is made of the same steel used for German submarines. It is known for its extreme seawater resistance and high non-magnetic properties. Also, the case was made using Tegiment technology, a surface-hardening process that raises the hardness of the base material. The US 1 is given a shock resistance rating of DIN 8308 which means it has survived a drop test from a vertical height of one meter onto hardwood. It is water resistant to 1,000 meters.

Omega Planet Ocean Big Blue.

Omega Planet Ocean Big Blue.

The Omega Planet Ocean Big Blue is a combination GMT (second time zone) and diver’s watch with an indestructible case made from a single block of ceramic. The bezel is also made of blue ceramic, with an orange 15-minute countdown index. Even the folding clasp on the rubber strap is made of ceramic. An orange GMT track runs along the inner bezel. The hands and indexes are 18k white gold, coated with Super-LumiNova. It is water resistant to 600 meters.

Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days.

Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days.

The size alone of the Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days should intimidate or at least block any would-be attacker. This 49mm watch is almost entirely composed of carbon based or carbon-coated materials. This includes movement components which will never need traditional lubrication. Panerai guarantees the watch for 50 years. The case is made of a composite carbon material that is very light and “resistant to external stresses.” It is water resistant to 100 meters.

Citizen Eco-Drive Pro-Master Professional Diver 1000.

Citizen Eco-Drive Pro-Master Professional Diver 1000.

The Citizen Eco-Drive Pro-Master Professional Diver 1000 is water resistant to 1,000 meters. The case is made of Super Titanium, a titanium that has been hardened by other metals, including DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon). It is light-powered, with a running time of 1.5 years when fully charged, and the hands and indexes are luminated for readability even in the dark depths of a United Airlines flight.