Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante Left-Handed 8 Days Titanio - 44mm



Technical Details

Unique edition of 150 units

Movement Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.2004/9 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 13¾ lignes, 8.2 mm thick, 31 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour. KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 8 days, 3 barrels. Column wheel. 329 components.

Functions Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Power Reserve Indicator on the back, seconds reset, Single-button chronograph

Case Diameter 44 mm, Brushed Titanium

Bezel Polished Titanium

Back See - Through sapphire crystal

Device protecting the crown (Protected as a trademark) Brushed Titanium

Dial Brown with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Minute counter at 9 o’clock, seconds at 3 o’clock, central chronograph hand.

Crystal Sapphire crystal formed of corundum

Water Resistance 10 bar (~100 metres)

* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai.

* The trademark Velcro® and Coramid® are not property of Officine Panerai.

In Depth

IN THE HISTORY OF OFFICINE PANERAI, watches for left-handers made their debut for the first time in the early 1940s when the first copies were produced for Navy commandos - today very rare and sought after by collectors - with working crown and crown-protecting bridge on the left. One possible historical justification for the existence of these watches may lie in the overall equipment of the commandos, which included not only watches but also compasses and wrist depth gauges, both of which could be worn on the left in place of a watch. This historical peculiarity distinguishes the new Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante Left-Handed 8 Days Titanio - 44 mm, a Special Edition with the Manufacture's P.2004/9 movement, the single-button chronograph calibre designed and produced entirely within the Officine Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. The 44 mm diameter case of the Luminor 1950 is made of brushed titanium with polished bezel and sapphire crystal case-back, making it possible to observe the movement and read the residual power reserve via an indicator on one of the bridges. The cylindrical button which controls all chronometric functions - start, stop and reset - is located at 2 o'clock, on the opposite side from the crown-protecting bridge. The latter is made of brushed titanium, as is the buckle which fastens the antiqued brown leather band. The brown sandwich dial features numerals and large hour markers characteristic of the classic Panerai aesthetic, with continuous second and minute hands. Its sandwich structure, born of the need to maximise readability in situations of poor visibility, has two superimposed levels which hold the luminescent material used to create the hour markers and numerals. Luminor Panerai figures on the dial, along with the the engraving "8 DAYS" recalling the long power reserve of the movement. The Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante Left-Handed 8 Days Titanio - 44 mm is water-resistant to 10 BAR (~100 metres).



Light, strong and hypoallergenic, the remarkable physical, mechanical and corrosion-resistant qualities of titanium have made this metal one of the most valued in fine watchmaking, as well as a material of choice for the military, aeronautical and aerospace industries. From the engineering viewpoint, its lightness makes it an exceptional material: titanium has the same strength as steel but is 40% lighter.

Titanium is impervious to corrosion by salt water or the marine environment and it has exceptional resistance to a wide range of acids, alkalis, natural waters and industrial chemical products. Although in nature it is the ninth most abundant element, and, after aluminium and iron, the third most common metal used in mechanical applications, titanium is found only in the form of oxides, hence the difficulty of refining the raw material and its consequent prestige.

Officine Panerai uses two different types of titanium for various kinds of components: Grade 2 and Grade 5.

Grade 2: titanium with a high oxygen content and greater strength than Grade 1. It is widely used and offers the best compromise between strength, corrosion resistance, weldability and moldability.

Grade 5 (Ti 6Al-4V): this alloy can be polished and not just cleaned. It has very high tensile strength but relatively low ductility.

The working of titanium is a very delicate operation due to the material’s sensitivity to oxidization. If oxidization occurs, the manufacturing process must be restarted.