The Officine Panerai's watches are a natural blend of Italian design, Swiss technology and passion for the sea.
1860 - Opening of the OFFICINE PANERAI workshop.
On Ponte alle Grazie, Florence, Giovanni Panerai opened his workshop, which was at the same time a city's first watchmaking school and shop. This is where Officine Panerai's history begins. The shop later moved from the original location to the current one in the Palazzo Arcivescovile in Piazza San Giovanni, changing its name to "Orologeria Svizzera". These events took place at the beginning of the twentieth century.
THE ORIGINS - 1936
On the eve of the Second World War, Panerai created the first prototypes of the model known as "Radiomir" today. They were designed for the frogman commandos of the First Submarine Group Command of the Royal Italian Navy, while the Navy's historical archives recorded only ten of them produced in 1936.
Nowadays, Radiomir inherits many features of the prototype: a large, cushion-shaped steel case in 47mm, luminescent numerals and indices, wire lugs welded to the case, a hand-wound mechanical movement, and a water-resistant strap suitable to be worn over a diving suit.
PANERAI FOR THE ROYAL ITALIAN NAVY - 1950
After the Second World War, the Florentine company continued the technical research activities started at the beginning of the war, resulting in the development of the Luminor. This made the evolution from Radiomir to Luminor completed.
The timepiece was characterized by the crown-protecting bridge, with reinforced wire lugs created from the same block of steel as the case, the wider, flat bezel and the cushion-shaped case as in the Radiomir 1940. Today, the models with this case belong to the Luminor 1950 line.
PANERAI MANUFACTURE - 2010
With regard to the 400th anniversary of his first celestial observations, Officine Panerai dedicated a triptych of extraordinarily complex models to the genius from Toscana, Galileo Galilei: L’Astronomo, Lo Scienziato and the Jupiterium clock.
Jupiterium model is a planetary clock with perpetual calendar which present, from a geocentric perspective, the positions in the celestial sphere of the Sun, the Moon and Jupiter with the so-called Galilean Moons, i.e. its four main satellites. From 1610, these satellites are known as Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto, thanks to the invention of the telescope.
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