To commemorate the thousand-year tradition of the Chinese Zodiac, Panerai launches a special Luminor Sealand timepiece limited to 88 pieces and decorated using the ancient technique of sparsello. This timepiece especially celebrates the Year of the Rat that officially starts on the 25th of January 2020.
The 12th edition thats pays tribute to the Chinese Zodiac, the Luminor Sealand marks the end of the 12 year cycle that first started in 2009 with a commemorative timepiece that celebrated the Year of the Ox.
Featuring a 44m AISI 316L brushed steel, the 2020 Luminor Sealand is available with a decorative cover that is hinged at 12 o' clock. With a mirror on the inside of the cover, this special and exclusive feature acts like a protective layer for the grey dial residing within. The decoration on the cover is hand engraved by Italian master craftsmen who have meticulously used the ancient art of sparsello. This particular technique is named after a tool that looks like a scalpel and is used in making incisions on the surface. This technique also involves the process of inlaying gold threads that are carefully hammered into the gaps. A tedious affair taking about 50 hours to complete, the use of the sparsello technique on the cover of the dial makes this watch as unique as one can get.
Powered by the P.9010 Calibre, the Luminor Sealand clocks in a power reserve of three days and is water-resistant to a depth of 100 metres. It is fitted with a semi-matt calf strap and is presented in a pear wood box. Other supplies in the box include a secondary strap in black rubber, a special tool for changing the strap and a screwdriver to remove the buckle.