×

This search is sponsored by Glashütte Original

Recherche
Search in :

Panerai

Representing a blend of Italian design with Swiss watchmaking technology, Officine Panerai follows the inspiration of its home city of Florence, which was the cradle of the Renaissance movement and all the art and science for which it was famous.

About

Officine Panerai traces its origins back to 1860 when Giovanni Panerai opened a watchmaker’s shop on Ponte alle Grazie in Florence, Italy. The company became a supplier of precision instruments, such as depth gauges and wristwatches, to the Italian Navy. The radium-based powder called “Radiomir” developed by the company was a significant milestone in the development of underwater and low-light time display and the Radiomir collection, which dates back to 1936, is the lasting tribute to this.

Panerai’s other timepiece collection, the Luminor, is also named after a tritium-based luminescent substance patented by the company as the successor to Radiomir. Its wrist-based metonym introduced the crown protection mechanism that was patented in 1956 and has been one of the brand’s core design elements ever since.

Astonishingly, the first Officine Panerai collection to be made available to the general public was not presented until 1993, bringing to an end decades of secrecy linked to the company’s military supply contracts. Inspired by the models produced for commandos in the second world war, the collection became an instant hit with collectors. Only four years later, the brand was acquired by the Vendôme Group, which was subsumed into the Richemont Group’s operations at the end of the same year.

The brand developed significantly at the turn of the millennium, opening a production facility in Neuchâtel, one of Switzerland’s main watchmaking centres, in 2002 and launching its first in-house movement, the P.2002 hand-wound calibre with GMT function and 8-day power reserve, in 2005. Officine Panerai has since introduced a full range of in-house movements that power its Radiomir and Luminor models, which still today use the strong identity of the original military models.

1860
Giovanni Panerai opens his watchmaker’s shop on Ponte alle Grazie in Florence. Not only a shop, it is also a workshop and home to the city’s first watchmaking school
1936
Panerai creates the first prototype of a Radiomir watch for the Submarine Group of the Royal Italian Navy
1993
The first Officine Panerai collection is launched as a series of limited editions available to the public
2002
The Officine Panerai manufacturing facility is opened in Neuchâtel, Switzerland
2005
Officine Panerai presents its first in-house movement
Philosophy

Representing a blend of Italian design with Swiss watchmaking technology, Officine Panerai follows the inspiration of its home city of Florence, which was the cradle of the Renaissance movement and all the art and science for which it was famous.

The brand remains true to its roots as a highly-specialised supplier of precision measurement instruments to the Italian Navy and reproduces the designs of these highly exclusive vintage instruments in its current collections.

Because of its origins, Officine Panerai maintains very close links with the sea environment both in its timepieces, which retain the characteristics of robustness, precision and ultimate readability found on its original military instruments, and in its partnerships, which range from classic yachting regattas to the mammoth restoration of the 1936 Bermudan ketch Eilean, which required over 40,000 hours of work.

Collections

Luminor

the Luminor collection is based on the iconic case designed in 1993 for the first Panerai collection made available to the public. The subtle differences from the original Luminor design include straighter sides without the visible ridge of the Luminor 1950 and lugs that are slightly more rounded.

Luminor 1950

the original Luminor models date from the late 1940s, when the transition from the Radiomir case to the Luminor case was made. The design is characterized by the crown protecting bridge and a flatter wider bezel.

Radiomir

the original Radiomir models date back to 1936 and feature the distinctive cushion-shaped Panerai case design and equally distinctive wire-loop lugs – a nod to the first wristwatches, which simply had the wire loops soldered on to a pocket watch for wearing on the wrist.

Radiomir 1940

inspired by an evolution of the Radiomir case design dated to 1940, this collection features a monobloc case in which the lugs are integrated into the case middle

Watches