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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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