A GOLDEN DUO
The Florentine watchmaker adorns both timepieces with its golden alloy baptized Panerai GoldtechTM which dazzles with intense sheen
This golden duo features two highly-distinctive faces: sun-brushed black and sandwich-style structure for one, sanded-finished ivory white and printed hours for the other; Whether they’re carved or slightly relief-styled, the hour markers and Arabic numerals are coated with golden-beige Super-LumiNova®, a tone that’s just as inviting as the coppery glints of the case, like the central baton-type hour and minute hands and the small seconds at 9 o’clock. The date features at 3 o’clock on this duo.
By Sharmila Bertin
The blue wave never stops rolling in for the watchmaking world. The limited edition co-signed by Bucherer and Panerai has everything it takes to become a collector’s item.
After a Radiomir Bucherer Blue in 2016, Panerai and the Swiss distributor are working together again this year to present a new limited series. The Luminor Marina Bucherer Blue combines the esthetics of the watchmaker’s models with the color imperatives inherent to the collection bearing its name. The dial is in midnight blue with a vertically brushed finish bearing the usual numbers and markers coated in a beige luminescent material unique to the model. A small second counter is located at 9 o’clock, while the date is placed symmetrically at 3 o’clock. It comes in a titanium case with DLC coating that is watertight to 300 meters. This combination of colors and materials reinforces the timepiece’s casual chic personality.
The Luminor Marina Bucherer Blue is a limited edition of just 188 watches. It comes with an anthracite fabric watchband imitating the famous denim used in jeans. This reference is also available with a solid watchband in matching rubber. Like all the watches in the Blue Edition collection, the Panerai is only available at Bucherer shops and on the website.
Price: 11’500 EUR
By Dan Diaconu
WITH THE WINDS IN OUR SAILS
After officially announcing their partnership with Luna Rossa last January, the Italian watchmaker has lifted the veil on three new watches designed in the colours of the Italian team and made for water sports.
At the SIHH in January 2019, Panerai announced that it was the new official partner of Luna Rossa, whose AC75 monohull will represent Italy in the next America’s Cup scheduled to be held in New Zealand from January to March 2021. After the boat’s inauguration at the beginning of October, the Florentine watchmaker presented three new watches specially designed in the colors of the Italian team and dedicated to water sports: Luminor Luna Rossa.
The dials, produced with the same sandwich structure, are covered in dark gray sailcloth, giving a unique textile effect contrasting with the markers and the Arabic numerals in white with green phosphorescence. On the Luminor Luna Rossa Regatta model, the chapter ring has the regatta display on the side, a must for yacht races.
The watches in this collection, all watertight to a depth of 300 m, come with a black calfskin watchband with white stitching.
Price 10’900 EUR (GMT) – 17’500 EUR (Chrono Flyback) – 23’500 EUR (Regatta)
By Sharmila Bertin
A HISTORIC ARMADA
The Italian brand is launching four great classic Radiomir pieces in khaki green, this season’s color which is inspired by the military past of the manufacture.
Before distributing its timepieces to the general public from 1993, Panerai fulfilled orders for the Royal Italian Navy from the 1930s. The objective at that time was to supply accurate and durable divers’ watches. Over the decades, the conception and design of its cases have continued to be enhanced. The famous cushion-shaped case and integrated lugs of today’s Radiomir combine all these developments and represent the quintessential visual codes of the Officine Panerai manufacture. The brand wanted to celebrate this past with four editions all sharing one thing in common: a military green dial. Three of them – the Radiomir (PAM00995), the GMT (PAM00998) and the GMT Power Reserve (PAM00999) – are assembled in a 45 mm steel case topped with a domed sapphire crystal. They are powered by a self-winding movement.
The cases, which are water resistant up to a depth of 100 m, come with leather straps in various shades. A spare beige fabric strap is also included in the green satin-finished cherrywood box of these new Radiomir editions.
Price: 10,900 EUR (PAM00995) – 11,700 EUR (PAM00998) – 11,900 EUR (PAM00999) – 12,900 EUR (PAM00997)
By Dan Diaconu
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
The approach is logical. Combining fine watchmaking materials and mechanisms is the guarantee to making a captivating watch. Let us demonstrate with the PAM00768.
Released for the first time in 2010 in a 48 mm ceramic Radiomir case, Lo Scienziato, “the scientist“ in Italian, in homage to Galileo, returns this year in a sophisticated version with a 47 mm Luminor case made of sandblasted titanium. This option chosen by Panerai endows this exclusive timepiece with a completely different personality. Carbotech, which forms the bezel, crown and lever of the crown’s protection mechanism, enhances the high-tech personality of this watch. The green-colored components provide an easy-to-read layout of the time information. Within this modern ultra-light architecture, weighing just 18 g, presides the P.2005/T caliber, which also has a record-breaking weight of 23 g.
The Luminor Tourbillon GMT 47mm Lo Scienziato comes in a cherry wood box with two straps, one in gray leather and the other in black Velcro.
Price: 145,000 EUR
By Dan Diaconu
CUT OUT FOR ADVENTURE
Owners of this limited edition watch get the chance to live an incredible experience with the explorer and brand ambassador. So get your bags packed!
We have followed him to the heart of the Amazon rainforest, to the summits of the Himalayas, to the South Pole and the North Pole. Nothing seems to stop the incredible adventurer, Mike Horn. Now Panerai has developed a new watch to match the brand ambassador’s lifestyle and to go with him on land or sea. The firm also wanted to give 19 of its customers a chance to enjoy an incredible experience in the company of Mike Horn. So purchasers of the limited series Submersible Mike Horn Edition (PAM 00985) will be invited to share the daily life of the explorer during an environmental course at the heart of the Arctic Ocean.
The Submersible Mike Horn Edition is worn with a blue strap made of recycled PET. The robust watch is watertight down to 300m and promises to be much more than a regular diving watch. Thanks to the experience offered by Panerai, it will also prove to be a wonderful memory.
Price: 39,900 EUR
By Dan Diaconu
AT THE HEART OF THE OCEAN
This professional diving watch, the latest model made by the Florentine brand, celebrates its new ambassador. It will be officially launched at the next SIHH.
Free-diving is a way of life for some and a new and much hyped sport for others, but always has a real power of attraction. Although the champion free-diver, Guillaume Néry, withdrew from competition after an accident that almost cost him his life, it has not stopped him from communicating his passion. Beautiful videos showing him moving slowly in weightlessness and the photos on his Instagram account recount his varied underwater adventures. And now, to go with him on his dives, he can count on a new watch designed by Panerai.
The Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition has all the assets needed for safe underwater excursions. The large, 47mm-wide titanium case is water-resistant down to 300m and is both light in weight and robust. The wide, unidirectional bezel shows the time remaining underwater. “Aesthetics are a source of efficiency“ the French free diver has said. The choice of blue and grey tones and the presence of large features coated with lume are the watch’s major assets.
On the dial, all the time information is driven by an automatic movement. Alongside the ultra-clear display of the hours and minutes, the calibre P.9100 can measure split-times quickly with a chronograph module featuring a flyback function. The two barrels guarantee a generous power reserve of up to 74 hours.
Price: 18,900 EUR
By Dan Diaconu
A DIVE INTO THE PAST
In the past, customers would come to the store in Florence to buy table clocks or wall clocks. The design of one such has inspired these new Radiomir watches.
Panerai continues to delve into its rich past to bring new timepieces to life. The latest model, the Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio, combines the collection’s legendary watch case shape with a surprising and elegant dial designed in echo of an antique wall clock. The attraction of the design lies in the perfect combination of colour and typography. The magnificent Art Deco-style numerals are enhanced through the contrast of black against an ivory background or vice versa, depending on the version. A railroad minute track and a fine circle marking the inner rim are the only other elements found in the simple design. A curved acrylic crystal covers the dial.
The dial and mechanism are housed in a cushion-style, 47mm-wide Radiomir case that is water-resistant down to 100m, while the 316L steel provides excellent resistance to rust. The two models (PAM00791 and PAM00790) are worn on a natural leather strap, adding to the retro style.
Price: 8,900 EUR
By Dan Diaconu
NUANCES OF BLUE
Inspired by the shades of blue seen in the sea and the sky, the Italian brand has transferred this beautiful colour to the dial of five new Radiomir 1940 3 Days models, only available in its network of stores.
The many different models in the Panerai collections can be confusing. But if you look closer and pay attention, the coherence is obvious. And suddenly everything seems simpler! The five new Radiomir 1940 3 Days watches available for purchase in the network of the brand’s stores have several things in common: the colour of the dials in Sfumato-effect blue, the curved shape of the Arabic numerals interspersed with slender hour markers, the wide hands coated with lume, and of course, the cushion-shaped case with diameters varying between 42 and 47mm, and including the classic 45mm.
The richness of this quintet of timepieces has an advantage: you will definitely find the watch of your dreams, both in terms of look and features. Because here there is something for everyone, from the most basic elements (hours and minutes in the centre, second hand at 9 o’clock) to the most complete (second time zone, day/night and power reserve indicators), from robust steel to elegant pink gold. Each case is watertight down to 100m (excepting the pink gold PAM 00934, which can only be immersed to 5ATM) and is decorated on the back by an undulating pattern like a cloud; an effect achieved by a metal plate placed on the sapphire glass and giving a glimpse of the mechanism.
And talking of the mechanism, while three of the four movements driving the Radiomir 1940 3 Days are automatic (P.4000, P.4001 and P.4002), the PAM 00932 model is hand-wound. But all of them have a power reserve (with an indicator at 4.30 on the PAM 00946) of three days, or 72 hours, the minimum required by Panerai.
Price: 9,000 CHF (PAM 00932) – 10,100 CHF (PAM00933) – 11,400 CHF (PAM 00945) – 11,800 CHF (PAM 00946) – 22,400 CHF (PAM 00934)
By Sharmila Bertin
The style is instantly recognisable. All the classic signature features of the brand are brought together to give a new lease of life to a timeless model.
Some brands have a visual identity that is so perfectly rooted in the watchmaking microcosm that each new creation issuing from their workshops is easily recognisable. The Luminor California 8 Days DLC condenses many of the features that have helped to forge the design signature of Panerai for decades. The typical shape of the 44mm-wide titanium case with DLC and the crown protection is one such. The “California” dial with Roman numerals in the top half and Arabic numerals below is another, with all coated in lume. The signs of affiliation are so clear that the Italian officine has opted for a dial free of any inscription or logo. The display of the time information is consequently optimal. The hour and minute hands have a specific oxidation treatment resulting in a unique blue tone, ideally contrasting with the colour of the dial.
As its name suggests, the Luminor has a very generous power reserve of 192 hours, thanks to the presence of two barrels mounted in series in its self-winding movement, the calibre P 5000.
The timepiece also stands out through a non-coated leather strap, which will take on a patina over time, guaranteeing it will be unique. The strap can be worn on a cuff strap made from the same leather. Using this option metamorphosises the watch into an ideal fashion accessory, boosting its original and assertive look.
Price: 7,500 EUR
By Dan Diaconu