Day off, bored in the afternoon...time for some tyre-kicking in the ever-empty Panerai boutique: I've tried the base Luminor before, and it's the most reasonably priced and, imho the "definitive" Panerai. But given your suggestion, I tried some fancier options that caught my eye:
I continue to be surprised by how "wearable" these boys are in the flesh. This 323 thing has a GMT subdial (and I like the centre second hand they've added) and 10 day power reserve, and is a monstrous 47mm of lumpy steel automatic. I suppose because it has the wire loop instead of lugs, the feel of it is much smaller. I was really surprised by how easy it wears. I love that strap too. Trivial, perhaps, but the whole thing was very appealing.
Then the 346 - 8 Days power reserve, manual, in titanium. And this is weird. 45mm case, but the combination of the wire and the lightweight case, it felt like a toy after the previous one. Love the brown dial, but, forgive me if my ignorance is shining through, it didn't feel like a "proper" Panerai. More of a compromise, a half-hearted, embarrassed effort. Despite being big, I just think if it's a Panerai, it should feel just a touch ridiculous! I liked it, but it didn't make me feel like enough of a douchebag!
And so back to Luminor. And this, the 423. This is the watch that should be unwearably douche-sized: 47mm steel case with chunky lugs and that huge crown guard. I love the asymmetric dial layout, the "dirty" lume, and basically all of it. And the fact is, although it's big and it's heavy, fat mimo in cargo pants and a polo shirt on his day off, felt great in it. But it's ten grand. There are a lot of things you can get for ten grand. This is a very dangerous attraction.
By the way, I tried the Tank Solo on today. It was too girly. I would rather have a Reverso on my wrist. The standard Grande Taille with its cool small seconds, is the quintessential Reverso, much more manly, and only about $6500 new. I will have something nice engraved on the back of the case and post lots of pictures.