Presented at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2013…
History, technology, design. The Officine Panerai collection presented at the Salon International de la Haute Horologerie 2013 rises from the depths of the sea and of time, to affirm once more the unmistakable identity of these top-of-the range sports watches in which everyone produced is a synthesis of these elements. The new Submersible range of watches is a perfect interpretation of this synthesis. Designed with the vocation of exploring the depths of the sea, the new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Power Reserve Automatic Bronzo and the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Ceramica have movements developed and produced entirely in the Officine Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel. These are combined with cases incorporating research into technology and case materials, in a design where every detail is faithfully inspired by the watches created by Panerai for the Italian Navy during the last century.
The family of in-house Panerai movements is enhanced by two important novelties in the field of chronographs: the P.9100 calibre, the first Panerai automatic movement with the chronograph flyback function, and the P.9100/R, which combines the chronograph function with the Regatta countdown for the start of yacht races. The regatta countdown is an instrument of the highest technical content for all the sailors and navigators who take part each year in the international races of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the main international circuit for vintage and classic yachts.
The new Panerai collection includes several fascinating versions of the historic Radiomir 1940 case. This represents the moment of transition, in about 1940, from the first cushion case that was characteristic of the Radiomir of 1936 and 1938 to the more massive Luminor, distinguished by the device protecting the winding crown, the definitive version of which was established in about 1950. Finally, the new and extraordinarily complex tourbillon squelette is a testimony to the skill and expertise of the master watchmakers of Neuchâtel and the research and development carried out by Officine Panerai's Workshop of Ideas. It is used in the first Panerai pocket watch, a remarkable timepiece in ceramic reserved for collectors of the most exclusive and sophisticated Special Editions. This watch is an original creation which brings together the P.2005/S movement and the Radiomir case in ceramic.