Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Panerai Luminor Arktos GMT

The Panerai Luminor GMT Arktos was used by Mike Horn in his Arctic expedition which allowed him to determine north. By pointing the hour hand at the sun, north is ascertained at midway between the hour hand and 12 o’clock and this gives the position for setting the rotating bezel with the four cardinal points applied in relief. By using the 24-hour dial, the Luminor GMT enables north to be identified with greater ease, since the 24-hour scale marked on the outer edge of the dial means that the midway point does not have to be estimated: the supplementary 24-hour hand points to the sun and north is at 24.00.
The Luminor GMT Arktos (44 mm) is in stainless steel and is equipped with a Panerai OP VIII Calibre movement, with a 42-hour power reserve. There is a date aperture at 3 o’clock, the watch is water-resistant to 300 metres and the caseback is engraved with the logo of the Arktos expedition – the drawing of the globe showing the route taken by Mike Horn.