Panerai Drops Brawny New 'Luminor California 8 Days DLC' Watch - Maxim

Panerai Drops Brawny 'Luminor California 8 Days DLC' Watch

Strap it on and your wrist gets way more rugged.
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Panerai just added a new watch to its popular "Luminor" collection, and it's perhaps the brawniest timepiece yet.

The Luminor California 8 Days DLC brings together key features from the Italian watchmaker's storied history.

They include a near-indestructible 44mm titanium case with DLC (diamond-like carbon) coating and a "California" dial with a curious mix of Arabic and Roman numerals.

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That dial is actually inspired by some of the earliest ever produced by Panerai, which just proves the timelessness of its designs.

It boasts precision as well with an in-house, hand-wound P.5000 calibre movement, which has a power reserve of eight days. While the technology is up-to-date, the hand-winding feels delightfully vintage.

Look out for the hour and minutes hands, which are in a metallic blue—the result of a careful oxidation process.

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Panerai imbued the watch with even more heritage and rugged appeal with an untreated brown calf strap, which develops a rich patina over time. Nothing wrong with that.

The Panerai Luminor California 8 Days DLC PAM 779 launches in August for $11,500.