Unless you’ve been walking around ION Orchard with your face mask over your eyes, it would be hard to miss the colossal octopus that has made the atrium its home over the past month.
That octopus belongs to Panerai and its pop-up, a nautically-themed universe set up to not only celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Panerai Luminor, but also serve as temporary holding grounds whilst its flagship boutique underwent a refurbishment.
Now that the boutique has reopened, what better way to celebrate the two significant milestones than with a brand new Luminor sporting details tailored to the occasion.
The Panerai Luminor GMT ION Special Edition is a 44mm limited edition watch that pays tribute to the symbols and colours of Singapore — most noticeably via the strategically placed accents in what other colour, but red.
These jolts of crimson can be seen on the seconds hand at 9 o’clock, on the hand indicating home time, and on the crown, which is now covered in an upgraded rubberised coating. Yet most importantly, the colour has also been applied to the second strap in Caoutchouc, the first such use of the colour in the firm’s lauded history.
The subtle details do not end there; a “Singapore” engraving also appears on the lever of the crown-protecting bridge, as well as the caseback, the majority of which is taken up by a lion head, the national symbol of Singapore.
Thankfully, Panerai kept it simple for the rest of the watch. The limited edition’s satin-finished steel case and polished steel bezel is paired with an anthracite sandwich dial within, complete with the satiné soleil decoration that not only adds plenty of visual flair, but also helps the red accents stand out even more.
The dual-time watch is powered by the Caliber P.9010/GMT, an in-house, self-winding movement that boasts a three-day power reserve, a 300m water resistance, and an independently adjustable hour hand to allow for easy time zone adjustments.
It’ll come fitted with a black Ponte Vecchio calfskin strap with white stitching and a trapezoidal pin buckle in brushed steel, although a second rubber strap in a striking shade of red is also provided, should you want to showcase your patriotism even further.
The 100-piece Panerai Luminor GMT ION Special Edition — 44mm (PAM01177) will retail exclusively at the new ION Orchard flagship boutique at a retail price of S$13,850.