Three luminous watches with the brilliance to shine all night for sale
If necessity is the mother of invention, having a little bit of fun may function as the goofball uncle. That at least might explain the most recent trend in high-concept mechanical watches making; instead of detailing a lavish watch with”lume” so that it shines in the dark like a lollipop woman at a school disco.
Beyond the fun of this, I could think of no other motive why Panerai would take its Luminor — the cushion-shaped steely classic, named after a luminescent material the Italian company enrolled in Rome at January 1950 — shell it all within an experimental carbon-based material called Carbotech and then trace it using lume it so that it radiates an abysmal green glow after darkness falls. Even the watch strap’s stitching has been awarded the treatment.
Roger Dubuis must have seen exactly the exact same memo as it conceived its new Excalibur Twofold. The latest take on the Genevan firm’s knotty signature piece (now wrapped in a white mineral mix fibre making its debut in watch design) includes the application of the go-to self-powered luminous material Super-LumiNova into the watch’s skeletonised movement bridges and business logo, in addition to actually into the rubber strap. Turn the lights out and the Panerai watch looks like a picture from an 8-bit flight simulator.
It may be churlish to say both look prepared for an early 1990s rave were it not for the fact that Zenith’s take on the theme is created in honor of Carl Cox, the British DJ and record producer whose house and techno records given a soundtrack for a generation of party-goers currently sending their children to university. The secret in the El Primero 21 Carl Cox is the Super-LumiNova is integrated to the carbon-fibre bezel and the red rubber band’s stitching. Trippy.
Rightly or no, the manufacturers are encouraging us to marvel at the technical achievement behind integrating Super-LumiNova into watchmaking substances, as they could.
However, the overriding consideration is of this neon aesthetic, which subverts the typical lamp-lit cosiness of haute horlogerie with the sort of joie de vivre sorely lacking in lockdown life.