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Panerai - Submersible Mike Horn models for the true adventurers

Panerai Submersible Mike Horn models for the true adventurers

Panerai unveils two diving watches inspired by its ambassador and made up of environmentally friendly recycled materials. The limited edition even invites its owners to leave for adventure along with... Mike Horn!

Considered by many to be the greatest living explorer, Mike Horn is certainly one of the greatest experts about our planet, which he has come to know directly by travelling every mile of land and sea accessible to man, even under the most extreme conditions. The new Submersible Mike Horn Edition, created by Panerai for its Ambassador, is not only a tough, strong, reliable watch, but it is also an instrument that has used innovative methods involving the recycling of resources to protect our planet and its oceans.

The care taken to conserve resources concerns above all the materials of which the watch is made. The Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition is a professional diving watch, water-resistant to a depth of 300 metres (30 bar), with a special case 47 mm in diameter made of EcoTitanium™, a material first introduced into the world of high quality watchmaking by Panerai, obtained not from the exploitation of natural resources but from recycled titanium. The parts made of EcoTitanium™ are the case, the device protecting the winding crown, the bezel and also the back, engraved on which is Mike Horn’s signature and an image inspired by the creatures which inhabit our seas.

Submersible Mike Horn models for the true adventurers

Submersible Mike Horn © Panerai

The unidirectional rotating bezel, which has a new design compared to the classic Panerai, enables the duration of each dive to be safely calculated, while legibility in the dark – another of the basic requirements of every professional diving watch – is guaranteed by the use of green Super-LumiNova® on the index markers and the large skeleton hands, which stand out strongly against the black of the sandwich dial. Also clearly visible, in normal situations as well as underwater, are the seconds dial at 9 o’clock and the date at 3 o’clock, together with the inscriptions “Panerai Submersible” and “Automatic 300m/1000ft” which are not printed on the dial itself but silk-screened on the sapphire crystal which protects it.

The black strap, light, strong and resistant, is also made of a material designed to minimise environmental impact, obtained from recycled PET. Likewise the special packaging in which the watch is sold is made of recycled materials, with an innovative design inspired by that of the instruments specially made for underwater activities. Inside it there is also a second rubber strap.

This timepiece is powered by the P.9010 automatic calibre with a power reserve of three days, entirely developed and created by the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, which operates in compliance with the strictest international environmental standards. The building has been designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to zero, and it is equipped with state-of-the-art energy-saving devices and equipment for recovering and reusing waste materials.

Head off to adventure

Mike Horn has two spirits: the free one, adventurous and determined to overcome every obstacle, and the other, his commitment to contribute to saving the planet he loves, making him an ambassador of what he has seen in the course of his decades of exploration.

In parallel with this first Submersible Mike Horn watch, Panerai created a limited edition version of this model, which will give its owners the opportunity to learn about these two spirits by undergoing an experience unique in the world: a few days of intensive training with Mike among the ice floes of the Arctic, a chance to put themselves to the test and to confront nature and its challenges, but also to become personally aware of the dangers to our ecosystem caused by the impact of humans.

Submersible Mike Horn models for the true adventurers

Submersible Mike Horn Limited Edition © Panerai

The 19 pieces of this limited edition of the Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition, available only in the Panerai boutiques throughout the world, are distinguished from those in the collection not only by the experience to which they give access but also by those details which make the watch different: the blue of the strap, made of a special material obtained from recycled PET, and the blue of the luminous substance used on the dial and the rotating bezel. A blue first used by Panerai, which recalls the sea, and it is the ideal colour for celebrating the love of Mike Horn and Panerai for this element.

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