2019 will be the year of the Panerai Submersible. Better still, this year is not only about this fantastic collection of high-performance dive watches, but also about a bold, new concept for Officine Panerai, with the introduction of extremely limited Experience Pieces. At SIHH 2019, Panerai introduced three Panerai Submersible Experience Watches, all three linked to three different fields of life, all attached to the universe of Panerai Submersible watches.
The Submersible has always been the most focused, most high-tech range of Panerai timepieces. Its bold design, rendered complete with the use of a uni-directional rotating diver’s bezel, has brought Panerai’s historic achievements to new light.
Whereas every one of us could feel like a professional diver or a soldier on a life-saving mission just by strapping a Submersible on, beginning with 2019, Panerai introduces a whole new way of experiencing what a Submersible watch truly is capable of.
In an effort to create genuinely unforgettable and incredibly immersive experiences, Panerai has teamed up with the COMSUBIN Italian Navy Commandos, Mike Horn world-renowned arctic explorer, and Guillaume Néry, unmatched world champion of freediving.
These unique partnerships entail three watches that are extremely limited in their production: and it is by becoming the proud owner of any one of these that one gets to go on a field experience, organized entirely by Panerai to create a first-hand, otherwise entirely unattainable connection with those remarkable people and those undercover organizations that these watches are organically linked to.
The Panerai Submersible COMSUBIN Marina MilitareCarbotech PAM00961 is a limited run of just 33 piece. And each and every one of these pieces are a once-in-a-lifetime pass to enter the ranks of COMSUBIN, the Italian Navy Commandos for a two-day training. That’s right: by purchasing one PAM00961, one not only becomes the owner of a highly exclusive Submersible model, but also gets to attend a 2-day training with Italy’s undercover Navy Commandos, in pursuit of an experience one will never ever forget – especially since wearing the watch thereafter will serve as a more than ample reminder of these incredible adventures.
Presented in a 47-millimeter-wide Carbotech case with three-dimensional luminous markers on its carbon dial, and powered by the Manufacture P.9010 caliber of Panerai, the PAM00961 is one outstanding piece in the Submersible family of high-tech dive watches.
The Panerai Submersible Mike Horn Edition PAM00985 is dedicated to experiencing and discovering the importance of preserving the environment and saving the oceans. Every owner of this 19-piece limited edition will get to live with the singular opportunity of living a spectacular experience with arctic explorer Mike Horn: by purchasing one of the 19 pieces ever made of the PAM00985, you can live the exclusive experience of training with Mike Horn among the ice floes of the Arctic!
The watch was designed with such an outing in mind: its case, bezel, crown protecting device and case-back are all crafted from Eco-Titanium, while the light, yet strong bracelet, as well as the presentation box, are made from recycled plastic.
Titanium is suitable for such cold-weather use also for its excellent heat-transferring capabilities: unlike stainless steel, it adapts to one’s body temperature much more quickly, making for more comfortable wear – not just around the Arctic, but also anywhere else where there is a frosty winter.
The Panerai Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition PAM00983 is the last, third piece in this small family of truly novel Panerai watches. By purchasing one of the only 15 ever-made PAM00983 watches, you can live the exclusive experience of diving in the ocean and swimming with whales, assisted by the living legend Guillaume Néry.
It is the in-house made, automatic P.9010 Panerai caliber and its 302 components that power the Panerai Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition PAM00983, adding 3 days of power reserve and a modern operating frequency of 4 Hertz – i.e. 28,800 semi-oscillations per hour.
The P.9010 also features a chronograph complication with a fly-back feature. This means that the chronograph, beyond measuring a time period of the owner’s choice, can also be stopped, reset and started again, all at the press of the reset button while the chronograph is running.
Another undoubtedly cool and very rare feature is how not only the chronograph seconds, but also the chronograph minutes hand is mounted in the very center, as opposed to the latter being placed on a sub-dial. Paired with the uni-directional timing bezel, all this renders the PAM00983 both very easy to use, and very versatile at timing different periods.
In line with the latest trends is the “fumé” dial of the Panerai Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition PAM00983. Bright, turquoise green in its center and dark around its periphery, this is a most fitting tribute to the colors and darkness of the great oceanic depths in which Néry operates with record-setting ease.
The case is, once again, 47 millimeters wide, in this instance with DLC-coated titanium being used for the case, as well as the bezel and case-back. Water resistance is, of course, 30 bars – i.e. 300 meters.
Whichever one – or all three – of these fantastically creatively themed watches you pick, you may rest assured that Panerai will take you on a truly personal and genuinely unforgettable experience. In case you miss out on these, worry not, but rather consider these projects as the dawn of a new and exciting era where Panerai proves its real-world connections with its world-famous – as well as very secretive – ambassadors.
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