Panerai - matte black fascination

The Tuttonero is blacker than Batman


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02 October 2012

Possibly it was the Batman movie that kick-started the matte black fashion in cars, right back in 2008, looking very cool on BMWs and Porsches and the like (I've seen it on Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Audi, and Ferrari, but it's not always clear whether they are by the manufacturer or post-sale paint jobs).

In watches, the trend exists in the same way, and a good example is the stunning Panerai Tuttonero Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Ceramica (PAM00438), generally referred to as the Tuttonero. All-black.

The look comes from the ceramic coating on the case and bracelet, which are coated in zirconium oxide powder. The process creates a uniform matte appearance, with a very tough and durable finish. The surface is actually five times more resilient than steel, so preventing accidental scratches. The combination of the matte black case, black dial, and beige numbers and hands, is truly spectacular, and the small seconds on the left creates an interesting balance with the date window at 3 o'clock. SuperLumiNova on the hands and numerals ensures night-time visibility, which even extends to the small seconds hand and markers. The dark Batmobile aesthetic continues on the back, with the movement also with black finish visible through the sapphire caseback crystal.

The watch is powered by the Panerai P 9001/B automatic calibre, with 229 parts, a three-day power reserve, and a GMT hand. It has a power reserve indicator that can be seen through the sapphire crystal on the back. As usual for Luminor watches, the winding crown is protected by Panerai's patented lever device. The watch is water-resistant to 100 metres.

The Tuttonero retails for about €12,650. It is a limited edition of 500 pieces. The watch is supplied with a steel screwdriver for buckle adjustment.

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