This could be my favorite Panerai of SIHH, and in my opinion, represents the very best of what Panerai is about. The Luminor Tourbillon GMT Ceramica is exactly what it sounds like, a ceramic tourbillon with a GMT function, but to me, it’s a little bit more. First, there is just something so appealing about Panerai’s matte black ceramic case against their brown aged strap. The combination is just killer.
Then, of course, there is the GMT function, which is one of my favorite complications on any watch of any kind. But, what makes this watch really special is of course what lays behind the sandwich dial on this PAM – the incredible Panerai P.2005 in-house tourbillon movement. Notice we said “behind,” as this tourbillon is indeed a secret tourbillon that is invisible without taking the watch off. But, when you do take the watch off to turn the PAM 396 over, you’re in for a treat.
The P.2005 tourbillon movement, first introduced in 2007, has been entirely coated in black to match the ceramic case, and it just looks mean. Also, you will notice that most of the movement is hidden by the plate, and really only the tourbillon is visible, along with the gold six-day power reserve indicator. This caliber in this configuration is called the P.2005/B, indicating it as been coated in black, and we have to say, it just looks great.