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Macnab Challenge Panerai for Purdey Pocket Watch


The Macnab challenge originated in the 1925 adventure novel 'John Macnab'. The modern challenge requires participants to bag a salmon, a stag and a brace of grouse in one day, between dawn and dusk. It is a thrilling test of skill and is the ultimate sporting challenge. 

By working in collaboration with Panerai, Purdey has been able to depict the legend. The absolute purity of Panerai’s design achieves an unprecedented and exclusive expression in this one-off white gold pocket watch.

The case back is engraved with a Macnab scene by Purdey’s master engravers and features the Stag, Red Grouse and Salmon. The edge of the case is encircled with Celtic patterns, emphasising the historical and literary links between the Macnab challenge and Scotland.

The P.3001/10 calibre, designed and created at the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel is a hand-wound movement characterised by hand-polished bevelling. The thickness of the calibre is 6.3 mm and the diameter is 16 ½ lignes, a substantial size which traces its origins to that of the movements which were fitted to the vintage Panerai models.

The P.3001/10 calibre has different features: two barrels which guarantee 72 hours of power reserve, visible from the power reserve indication on the back, seconds reset and quick change of time. With this calibre, the hour hand can be moved forwards and backwards in steps of exactly one hour.

Movement: Hand-wound mechanical movement, P.3001/10 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 16½ lignes, 6.3 mm thick, 21 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device.

Power reserve: 3 days, two barrels. 207 components.

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Power Reserve on the back

Case Diameter: 50mm, 18 ct. polished white gold

Bezel: Polished white gold

Back: See-through sapphire crystal

Dial: Anthracite with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers.

Water Resistance: 5 bar (~50 metres)

Watch Chain: 40cm, polished white gold

Alongside the watch, Purdey has created a discovery marquetry box in which the watch can be housed and displayed. This is also designed to portray the Macnab challenge.  

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