Since 2005 Officine Panerai has been sponsoring the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the main international circuit of races for vintage and classic yachts. From the most beautiful locations of theMediterranean Sea to the waters of the Solent, from the Caribbean Sea to the coast of New England on the East Coast of the United States of America, Officine Panerai brings together each season hundreds of vintage yachts and thousands of sailors to celebrate the beauty, elegance and uniqueness of yachts which have been part of the history of sailing, since the end of the 19th century to which many of them date back.
From May 29th and June 2nd, Antibes hosted the 18th edition of Les Voiles d’Antibes, the first round of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2013 Mediterranean Circuit. This is the ninth consecutive year the Florentine haute horlogerie brand Officine Panerai begins its annual celebration of the history of 19th and 20th century yachting from the Côte d’Azur. The approximately 65 yachts registred for the regattas show timbers sometimes a hundred years old or more. Eilean, the 1936 wooden two-master restored by Officine Panerai, was returning to competition at Antibes after a transatlantic crossing last year. The yachts were divided into five categories (Big Boats, Classic Marconi, Vintage Cutter, Vintage Marconi and Spirit of Tradition) and fought battles in four scheduled races off the old walls of the Port Vauban along a 23-kilometre stretch of coast between the Gulf of Antibes and Juan-les-Pin, driven by the skill of the captains and crews and exposed to the unpredictable nature of the elements. Every day, Panerai welcomed with kindness and elegance yachts owners and crews at the Panerai Lounge, meeting place for commenting on the regattas and watch movies of events at sea on screens while sipping a drink or savoring an Italian speciality. All the seafarers have said «Thank you Panerai !» for its support and generosity.
Born from classic sailing and technology
The Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio was born from the union of Officine Panerai and the world of classic sailing. This is a chronograph with an automatic movement and a three-day power reserve, fitted with the Regatta countdown function, specifically created for yacht racing starts. The black dial of the Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio has the sandwich structure and the classic Panerai design distinguished by the large linear hour markers and figures, enriched by the elements enabling the indications of the chronograph functions to be read. The chronograph hands are central and distinguished from each other by different, easily recognised colours, while the orange hand of the hours rotates within the small dial at three o’clock, mirroring the small seconds dial at nine o’clock. The Luminor 1950 case has the characteristic Panerai lever device for protecting the winding crown and it is 47 mm in diameter. It is made of brushed titanium, a material which is light, strong and non-allergenic, contrasting with the polished bezel. On the back, a wide sapphire crystal window reveals the P.9100/R movement, with its rotor which winds the springs of the two barrels while oscillating in both directions, providing a power reserve of three days. The open back also permits the admiration of other details of the sophisticated chronograph movement, with its column wheel and variable inertia balance which oscillates at 28,800 alternations/hour. Water-resistant to 10 bar (about 100 metres), as is to be expected of a professional sailing instrument, the Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio is part of the Contemporary Collection.