For a brand that has big, bold and oversized watches as an intrinsic part of their DNA, the idea of embracing the trend of smaller case sizes seems farfetched. After several years of resisting the increasingly more popular 38mm size, Panerai has jumped on the bandwagon with a new 38mm model of their patented Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic.
Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic
Panerai’s long history of producing watches with cases as large as 47mm and no smaller than 45mm, is not hard to decipher.
Starting out as watchmakers for the Royal Italian Navy, and building their reputation on the back of their sturdy watches developed for military use, larger sports watches have been the mainstay of the Panerai collection.
Available in two steel variants and one red gold version, the Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic seems to fit comfortable into its new svelte 38mm case. Unmistakably Panerai in its design, the watch has all the quintessential characteristics that we love about the brand, including the ingenious bridge protecting the crown and Panerai’s unmatched legibility in even the harshest conditions, which is another product of the brand’s rugged history.
The steel versions are available with either a black anthracite dial or a more traditionally Panerai ivory dial. The red gold Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic 38mm has an ivory dial with blue Arabic numeral hour markers and luminescent dot markers.
The hour markers on the black anthracite dial of the steel Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic 38mm are also luminescent and all three models have a subtle small seconds counter at 9 o’clock and a date window at 3 o’clock.
In a further nod to another quickly growing, and relatively novel idea in the world of fine watchmaking, the Panerai Luminor 3 Days Automatic 38mm comes with an easily interchangeable strap.
While Panerai doesn’t position the Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic 38mm as a women’s watch, and we’re sure they never intended it to be one, the smaller 38mm size and the coloured straps means that women with a taste for slightly unconventional, yet exceptionally good-looking watches, will join the throng of men who prefer a slightly smaller watch rushing out to buy one!
HOT Verdict: Just additional proof that good things do come in small packages!