Panerai copy is taking chronographs more seriously than ever, now even giving them their own dedicated collection.
The new Swiss-made fake Panerai Luminor Chrono is already quite familiar as it resembles the Luminor Yachts Challenge. The major difference is that the setup of the new Luminor Chrono is more conventional with a centrally mounted chronograph second hand and 30-minute counter.
As a result, it can be offered at a lower price point than its sibling, while not losing any of its appeal.
With the three new models Panerai replications for sale is introducing now, the brand covers quite a bit of the market. All three are housed in a typically large 44 x 15.65 mm stainless steel case with either a black, white, or blue dial. They come on either a strap or newly designed metal bracelet.
The other thing these Panerais have in common is their P.9200 automatic movement, its most distinct feature being that the chronograph pushers are on the left of the case, which adds a great deal of character.
Despite the added complication, the cheap fake Panerai watch is still instantly recognizable as a Luminor. I am also happy that Panerai has forgone adding a date to the dial as its absence ensures a clean design and makes the Luminor Chrono all the more charismatic.
Quick Facts Panerai Luminor Chrono
Case: 44 mm x 15.65 mm, stainless steel
Movement: automatic Caliber P.9200, 6.9 mm in height, 42-hour power reserve, 4 Hz/28,800 vph frequency
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds; chronograph
Price: starting at €8,900