The Italian luxury outdoor watch manufacturer Officine Panerai has long been producing high-end, precision timepieces for people of various backgrounds and occupations. Panerai has also specialized in providing reliable timepieces to those in industries such as diving and was even trusted to provide watches for those in the Italian Marina Militaire, the Italian Navy.
While Officine Panerai has been known to create precision instruments for individuals in demanding occupations and in very official positions, they have also partnered with Italian exotic sports car manufacturer Ferrari for a collection of timepieces bearing the famed Ferrari logo. While Officine Panerai appreciates all things luxurious, it appears that they have and always will have a special connection to the seas.
Having such a fondness for the high seas, it makes sense that Officine Panerai has long been a supporter of sailing. They are such avid promoters of the sport that they host an intercontinental circuit of competitions exclusively for classic yachts. The iconic brand has been sponsoring the classic yacht competition aptly named the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge for eight successive years thus far. And being such an avid promoter of classic yachts and sailing, it is no surprise the Officine Panerai has now partnered with the Atlantic Yacht Club’s Panerai Transat Classique 2012.
To celebrate the special partnership with the Atlantic Yacht Club and the Panerai Transat Classique 2012, Panerai presented an exclusive limited edition Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio timepiece. The Luminor 1920 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio watch comes fashioned in a brushed titanium case and polished titanium bezel. The case back comes with a special inscription with the logo of the race and will be presented to the winner of the race as well as a limited 500 units for sale.
Other notable features of the watch include a split-second chronograph, manually wound Panerai p.2006 calibre movement, an 8-day power reserve indicator and an hours/minutes/seconds indicator. The Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio also comes equipped with a lever device which seals the winding crown to ensure water resistance to about 100 meters and is reported to be highly readable and visible in low light and even underwater. The rubber strap ensures comfort and durability when used while sailing or any other activities.
The limited edition Luminor 1950 Rattrapante 8 Days Titanio will make an extra special gift for anyone who appreciates the sport of sailing and is an avid fan of the Atlantic Yacht Club’s Panerai Transat Classique. If you are interested in this watch, be on the lookout for this piece sold exclusive at Panerai boutiques in the coming weeks.
Panerai celebrates its expansion into North America with a special edition Luminor Marina watch at its new Bal Harbour Boutique ‘Miami’.
That’s right Officine Panerai is celebrating its first boutique openings in North America, and when it come to timing, it is after all everything. The Italian luxury watchmaker timed the Bal Harbour boutique opening during the Art Basel Miami Beach event – one of the most celebrated weeks of the city’s season. Officine Panerai in celebration of art designed a special edition watch to commemorate the boutique’s opening in Bal Habour, PAM 468 Luminor Marina.
The special edition PAM 468 Luminor Marina timepiece will be exhibited inside Panerai’s boutique, surrounded by classic Italian-style atmosphere, much like the Italian boutique via Montenapolene in Milan which opened earlier this year. Everything about the structural design and atmosphere of the boutique has been carefully constructed to recall the world of the sea with it simple lines alternate with wave-like structures and use of materials derived from glass, white marble, steel and specially-treated teak, most of which were imported from Italy.
The Bal Habour Boutique will offer select limited edition watches, with a particular focus on models fitted with movements which are exclusively manufactured by Officine Panerai. One such exclusive and special edition timepiece designed for Bal Harbour Boutique is its PAM 468 Luminor Marina ‘Bal Harbour’ watch.
The Pam 468 Luminor Marina Bal Harbour is not only a special edition, but a limited edition timepiece of 100 pieces. Exclusively made for the Bal Halbour Boutique “Miami” it sports a 44 mm stainless case with an engraved case-back that reveals a breathe taking skyline view of beautiful palm trees along South Beach Miami Ocean Drive. You may want to lower your car’s top to appreciate the full effect of this timepiece (letting your hair down is of course optional).
PAM 468 Luminor Marina watch features the Panerais’signature polished steel sandwich style case with brushed steel crown protector. It sports a deep rich brown dial with aged luminescence on the hour markers, minute, hour and seconds hands. It is adorned with Panerais’ signature distressed brown leather strap and stainless steel tang buckle. This timepiece is Miami personified perfectly captured by its rich engraved case-back.
Officine Panerai Bal Harbour Boutique is sure to draw fashionable collector of the Luminor Marina watch in by the droves, especially those wanting to acquire the Limited Edition PAM 468 Luminor Marina Bal Harbour timepiece. It captures the spirit of the Italian watchmaker’s artistry and the artistic soul of Miami. It is a masterful timepiece, but at a limited edition of 100 pieces the heat is on – Miami collectible heat that is.
Antigua will celebrate with a procession of events recognizing Eilean’s restoration and return to the island, where she had been a prime contender for almost 30 years. At the close of the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta Eilean will set sail to Europe where the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge (PCYC) will pick up, as has been the tradition. The PCYC Mediterranean Circuit will then commence from June to September with focus given to August and September in the United States East Coast waters of the PCYC North American Circuit, appointment of Marblehead, Nantucket and Newport; which makes for an extremely busy social calendar for Officine Panerai.
Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge 2012 calendar:
All this and Officine Panerai has recapitalized on its vintage watch designs, the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days and the Luminor 1950 3 Days Power Reserve. Both models are handsomely designed with 47 mm stainless steel diameter cases having the Panerai signature winding crown protected by the brushed steel lever device. The dials are black with see-through sapphire crystal case backs with natural leather wrist straps.
The Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days
The Luminor 1950 3 Days
Both timepieces are in Officine Panerai’s Historic Collection and both are reflective of Officine Panerai’s historical transition from the 1936 Radiomir design to the 1940 Luminor design. Both equally attractive and masculine.
This year’s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) saw the release of Officine Panerai‘s Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Ceramica, a model truly to be reckoned with. The brand’s newest creation combines Panerai’s trademark tourbillon mechanism with a dual time display, a mix of unrivaled sophistication and innovation.
The tourbillon is a part of a watch escapement that counteracts the effects of gravity, invented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1795. Watches with this feature mount the escapement in a “carriage” or rotating frame that turns 360 degrees at regular intervals, reducing gravitational error. At the time that Breguet finalized his invention, most watches were pocket watches and thus were almost always in one position. The effect of gravity on these timepieces was especially conspicuous, so to offset adverse changes Breguet provided the perfect solution.
The Luminor 1950 has a personalized Panerai leather strap and an adjustable buckle made of steel. The 48 mm diameter case is made of synthetic ceramic with a zirconium powder base, showcasing the adept skill of Panerai’s manufacturing. The processes undergone to achieve the final model’s matte black color are particularly complex and thoroughly ensure resistance to corrosive agents, high temperatures and scratches.
The Luminor 1950 functions by the Panerai P.2005 movement, which produces 28,000 vph and exhibits a six day power reserve, thanks to a three series-connected spring barrels. The 12-sided titanium back displays a centered window of sapphire crystal so that one can glimpse at the P.2005 mechanism in action. This is the first time a Panerai model has had the P.2005 B version built in, which is essentially a blackened version of the traditional movement. Panerai’s patented tourbillon mechanism has the balance rotate on its axis every 30 seconds.
The black dial lends more to the Luminor 1950’s theme of graphic simplicity, with Panerai’s original sandwich structure to help provide for maximum visibility even under very dim lighting conditions. At 3 o’clock, the small dial indicates the time over 24 hours as well as am or pm. The dial at 9 o’clock connects to the tourbillon and moves twice as fast as the second hand, thus deemed the small seconds dial. It consists of multiple dot markers and completes one revolution in half a minute. This dual time concept is a Panerai method implemented in many models. Combined with the tourbillon, the Luminor 1950 reinforces at once both tradition and modernism.