Panerai boasts several distinguished collections, yet one that undeniably stands out is the Panerai Luminor 1950 Tourbillon with reference number PAM00767. 

As its name implies, this remarkable timepiece is graced with a tourbillon movement, making it a pioneering creation as the first Panerai watch to embrace this exquisite complication.

Tourbillon is a mechanical innovation that can be discovered within the intricate movements of select high-end mechanical watches. Before the PAM00767, Panerai had never incorporated a tourbillon in their watches. 

This complication was more commonly associated with other brands like Rolex and Tag Heuer. However, with the release of the PAM00767, Panerai firmly signaled their entry into the tourbillon watch trend.

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About Panerai Luminor 1950 Tourbillon

The Panerai Luminor 1950 Tourbillon was custom-crafted for the Italian Navy in 1950, bearing the distinctive engraving “Lo Scienziato,” a nod to the founder of Panerai, Guido Panerai. 

This timepiece is not just any ordinary watch; it’s a limited edition masterpiece with only 50 meticulously crafted pieces.

The watch boasts a substantial 47 mm diameter and showcases a cutting-edge manufacturing technique called Direct Laser Sintering.

Direct Laser Sintering is a form of 3D printing where layers as thin as 0.02 mm are meticulously fused to form the complete structure. This innovative process enables the creation of an exceptionally lightweight case, with the entire movement weighing a mere 23 grams.

The manual-winding P.2005/T movement is powering this extraordinary timepiece, a signature Panerai in-house creation previously featured in the Lo Scienziato skeletonized watches. 

What sets this watch apart even further is the newly implemented laser process, which significantly reduces its weight compared to the P.2005/S movement, offering an impressive 35% decrease.

Adding to its allure is the sapphire crystal case, granting you a clear view of the intricate movement within and revealing the generous power reserve of 144 hours. 

How to Spot a Fake Panerai Luminor

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The Panerai Luminor 1950 Tourbillon is exceptional, meticulously crafted, and has a hefty price tag. It’s essential to ensure that you’re getting a genuine product for your price. Here’s how to identify a counterfeit Panerai Luminor: 

1. Look for a serial number on the case back

The first method is to check the watch serial number on the case back. When you turn a Panerai watch over, you’ll notice that it has either a closed or exhibition-style caseback. These casebacks often hold important clues to the watch’s authenticity.

A genuine Panerai watch typically includes a serial number beginning with “BB,” prominently engraved on the case back. You should also find a case number alongside the serial number, typically starting with “OP.”

An authentic Panerai watch will also bear a single letter and a slashed number combination discreetly etched onto the case back.

Importantly, Panerai reference numbers (“PAM” numbers) will never appear on the case back of authentic Panerai watches. 

2. Check the dial details

The numeral markers’ shape, hand lengths, and subdial positions are distinctive features. Authentic Panerai watches exhibit a consistent font, precise lettering, and uniform size and spacing, creating a polished look.

Counterfeit Panerai watches tend to fall short in this aspect. The numbers may lack consistency in size and spacing, giving the watch a less refined appearance.

Another critical element to scrutinize is the length of the second hand. In most Panerai models, the second hand should come very close to touching the outer edge of the dial. However, specific models like the GMT have a second hand that aligns just above a marker.

Counterfeit watch parts are mass-produced for various brands, making it rare for the length of the second hand in a fake Panerai watch to match that of a genuine one. Paying close attention to these design details helps discern the authenticity of a Panerai watch.

3. Examine the case and crown

Panerai watches are characterized by their unmistakable case design, and both size and shape are key factors in identifying authenticity. The signature rounded cushion shape of a Panerai case is an iconic feature. 

Authentic Panerai cases typically display slightly curved edges, striking a balance between a boxy and round shape.

Regarding dimensions, Panerai Luminor and Radiomir watches typically fall within the 40mm to 47mm range. This range offers a clear guideline for authenticity, as counterfeiters often struggle with replicating these specifications accurately. 

In many cases, the size of a counterfeit watch may deviate by 1mm to 1.5mm from the genuine Panerai dimensions, providing a crucial clue in spotting a fake Panerai timepiece.

Tourbillon watches represent the ultimate challenging puzzles only the best craftsmen can solve. Many components within them are painstakingly handcrafted, akin to exquisite works of art.

This is precisely why collectors hold a deep affection for tourbillons. They transcend mere timekeeping; they are miniature marvels that narrate tales of magic. Each piece emerges as a distinct, unparalleled creation due to the tireless dedication and artistry woven into its making.

Among seasoned collectors, the Panerai Luminor Tourbillon ranks as one of the most coveted timepieces. If you’re pursuing this exceptional piece, you can find it at Luxehouze. 

Explore the complete Panerai watch collection on the Luxehouze marketplace, or visit the Luxehouze boutique directly, located at Prosperity Tower Unit 8AF in SCBD, South Jakarta.