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.


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.


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.