When it was first released in 2011, Panerai’s Bronzo was a really big deal. It was a big deal to Panerai enthusiasts, who feel very strongly about the company’s diving history, and who unanimously enjoy the sight of a vintage piece that’s received a bit of abuse through the years. And it was also a big deal to Panerai itself, which was one of the first companies to faithfully recreate the time-weathered effect by finding the right mix of alloys for an appropriate bronze.
It was also, like almost all bronze watches that have come out in recent years, a commercial success. All 1,000 pieces were quickly snapped up by the Paneristi community, and its popularity is, I am sure, one of the reasons Panerai has decided to bring it back in the same case so soon after its initial launch. It’s good news then for those who missed out on the first model, though I’m not sure those who purchased the first run will necessarily see it that way.
A point of consolation is the color of the new dial. The rich blue gives the latest Bronzo a very distinctive look that’s nothing like the military green of the original. The contrast between the case and dial is much more pronounced as well. We got our hands on a new model yesterday, and if you’re wondering why it looks like yellow gold, don’t worry because that’s totally normal for fresh bronze. The case won’t show any signs of patina until it’s been worn outside for a bit. This one’s come to the SIHH straight from the manufacture, so it’s totally pristine.
The new Bronzo has a 47mm Luminor case made using the highly corrosion resistant alloy of tin and copper. The case, bezel, crown bridge, lever, and crown are all made of this bronze and all have a brushed finish as well. However, one small update worthy of mention is that the new Bronzo is slightly slimmer and lighter – all of the new new Luminor Marina 1950 models are – due to the relatively new three-day automatic movement, the P.9010, which is 1.9mm thinner than the P.9000 caliber in the original.
Finishing on the calibre P.9010 is minimal, but fine for a sports watch that is meant to be worn day in and day out. It features a small seconds counter at nine o’clock and a date at three o’clock. This one’s water-resistant to 30 bar (300 meters) and you can tell it’s just asking for lots of underwater action. It comes on a brown leather strap and both the caseback and buckle are in titanium, a material chosen for the parts where the watch interacts with the wearer’s skin, because of its hypoallergenic properties.
The PAM 671 is a limited edition of 1,000 units (just like the original Bronzo) and it is priced at $14,400. For more information, visit Panerai online.