Watches And Wonder 2024: Panerai Releases

by The Balance Coq

  • April 9, 2024

For Watches & Wonders 2024, Panerai is excited to share and present the exciting six years of cherished partnership with the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team. This collaboration intersects with all the pillars of the Panerai identity, embodying Italian DNA, the Maison’s deep-rooted connection to the marine world, and its commitment to crafting instruments for modern heroes. With the timepieces engineered and tested for the toughest conditions, epitomizing the brand’s dedication to durability, reliability, and functionality.

Submersible QuarantaQuattro Luna Rossa Ti-Ceramitech™ PAM01466 and PAM01543

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The release represents a strategic alliance of high performance and cutting-edge technology in the shape of a new innovative material, Ti-Ceramitech™, mirroring the ethos of the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team at the apex of sailing competition.

The 44mm Ti-Ceramitech™ case, is inspired by a material and process originally used in high-performance competitive environments. The innovative use of ceramic-coated materials, developed through the high-demand, high-tech sailing world of Luna Rossa, represents an example of how cutting-edge technology and materials science can elevate performance in sport environments. This process, particularly the ceramization of steel parts to significantly reduce friction, enhances the efficiency and speed of racing boats and was a source of inspiration for Panerai.

Through seven years of meticulous research and development, Panerai has filed a patent application for a titanium ceramization process through Electrolytic Plasma Oxidation able to achieve a very distinctive hue of blue. This process transforms the titanium alloy surface into a dense ceramic layer, and the specific choice of elements used, combined with the electrolyte composition, allowed for the creation of the watch’s peculiar and striking blue color, a shade inspired by the open seas. The technique yields a significantly enhanced hardness, and the resultant case is 44% lighter than steel yet has fracture toughness ten times higher than traditional ceramic. A material that can withstand high pressure, and very high thermal stress, it is an ode to the Panerai’s pursuit of creating reliable innovative instruments.

PAM01466’s aesthetic evokes the spirit of the sea with its blue sun-brushed dial, while PAM01543 is resplendent with a white-matt grained dial, both accented with a decal of Luna Rossa and small red second hands, a subtle nod to the sailing team’s vivid identity.  The date window stands at 3 o’clock while a discreet seconds subdial rests at 9 o’clock, surrounded by luminous hands and hour markers that ensure legibility in the ocean’s depths or the dark of night. The general color palette is reminiscent of the open ocean at twilight, rich and saturated, yet with a subtle gradient that gives it texture and movement.

Ensuring versatility and style, the watches come with two strap options. The first bimaterial strap features a striking red stripe with the words Luna Rossa in white against a blue backdrop, while the second rubber strap boasts a uniform blue tone.

The new timepieces are set to make waves starting July 2024 in the lead-up to the 2024 America’s Cup races, with PAM01466 available across all networks, and PAM01543 exclusively in boutiques.

Submersible GMT Luna Rossa Titanio PAM01507

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The Submersible GMT Luna Rossa Titanio pays homage to the official America’s Cup races taking place in Barcelona between August and October 2024.

In a global exclusive during the week of Watches and Wonders 2024, PAM01507 will debut as a pioneering watch to feature the new Superluminova® X2 on indices and hour hand, an improved grade that ensures a luminosity 10% higher than its predecessor after 180 minutes in the dark. The new timepiece features a 42mm case made from Grade 5 titanium, renowned for its remarkable lightness and strength, being 40% lighter and 60% harder than stainless steel. Embodying the innovative spirit of the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team, titanium is also one of the materials used to build the Luna Rossa boat, merging resilience with cutting-edge technology, thanks to the continuous innovation by Laboratorio di Idee at the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel.

Water resistant up to 50 bar (~500 meters), this watch has been rigorously tested, subjecting it to a pressure up to 25% greater than the guaranteed water resistance value to ensure it meets Panerai’s stringent standards. The improved value is a significant milestone in a domain deeply intertwined with Panerai’s heritage that has consistently made the Maison a preferred choice.

The GMT hand, inspired by the sails of the Luna Rossa sailing team, is matched with a blue sun-brushed dial and flange, which proudly bears a decal of the Luna Rossa sail.  Additionally, the watch features a unidirectional rotating titanium bezel with a blue matt ceramic disk known for its high resistance to scratches, essential for withstanding the shocks or unintended contact with various objects the bezel is usually exposed to and might be damaged by. The indices and the hour hand are accented with green lacquer, a deliberate choice that evokes the luminescent vibrancy of Superluminova® X2, while Superluminova® X1 illuminates the blue-accented minute hands and dots on the bezel.

Ensuring versatility and style, the watch comes with two strap options. The first bi-material strap features a striking red stripe with the words Luna Rossa in white against a blue backdrop, while the second rubber strap boasts a uniform blue tone. The bi-material strap combines the resilience rubber with the aesthetics of textile to reflect the watch’s robust and sporty nature.

The Submersible GMT Luna Rossa Titanio PAM01507 will be available exclusively in boutiques from September 2024.

Submersible Tourbillon GMT (Luna Rossa Experience Edition)

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Limited to just 20 pieces, the Submersible Tourbillon GMT Luna Rossa Experience Edition PAM01405 is set to debut in July 2024 in the lead-up to the America’s Cup finals. To immerse its clients in the thrilling world of sailing, owners of the watch will be invited to partake in a breathtaking experience curated by the Maison during the finals of the America’s Cup in Barcelona. This exclusive opportunity includes a behind-the-scenes view of the competition, offering unmatched access and engagement with the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team, allowing clients to experience the excitement and strategy of this prestigious event up close, embracing spontaneity and genuine moments.

The PAM01405 Experience Edition is the first Submersible in 45mm to feature the tourbillon complication and also the first of its kind to marry the complexity of a tourbillon with the futuristic appeal of Carbotech™, a composite material based on carbon fiber. Indeed, the watch’s case in Carbotech™ purposely echoes one of the materials most represented into the composition of Luna Rossa’s boat hull, made almost entirely of carbon fiber.

The manufacturing process of Carbotech™ involves compressing carbon fiber sheets at a precise temperature and high pressure along with PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone), a superior polymer that binds the composite, enhancing its strength and longevity. The resultant Carbotech™ plates boast superior mechanical properties and performance in term of strength-to-weight ratio enabling very comfortable ergonomics while being resistant to tough wear conditions. Notably lighter than titanium and ceramic, Carbotech™ excels in resistance to external forces and corrosion. Its uneven, matt black surface, which varies according to the cutting of the material, lends every singular watch a slightly different appearance.

PAM01405 features a 45mm case, scaling down from previous Submersible Tourbillons, yet maximizing wearability without compromising its impressive presence. At its core, the hand-wound P.2015/T mechanical caliber results from three years of dedicated development, with the assembly of the movement and tourbillon cage demanding eight painstaking hours of craftsmanship.

The patented tourbillon completes a horizontal rotation every 30 seconds and is a standout feature of this remarkable timepiece. It rotates on the perpendicular to the balance wheel and thus compensates for the effects of gravity on the accuracy of the timepiece. The mechanism undergoes a rigorous testing phase to guarantee optimal power reserve and chronometry, meeting Panerai’s stringent quality standards. With a 4-day power reserve, whose indicator is strategically placed on the reverse side for subtle visibility, a 24-hour GMT function and a night and day indication, this new Submersible caters to the needs of the modern traveler. The watch boasts a water-resistance up to 30 bar (~300 meters), an impressive measure for a high-complication movement. Its design intricately incorporates elements inspired by Luna Rossa, including the shape of the GMT hands that resembles the Luna Rossa sail.

PAM01405’s bezel is made of titanium, finished with a black DLC coating and adorned with white lacquer indexes. To match, an open-worked display allows a glimpse into the watch’s mechanical construction, while the red and white accents on the hands and hour markers not only facilitate legibility but also complement the distinctive Luna Rossa palette. The Super-LumiNova® coating on the flange magnifies the spectacular nature of the design in darkness and serves as an aesthetic nod to Panerai’s deep connection with the field of luminescence. Hour, minutes and bezel comes with blue and green Super- LumiNova® to facilitate reading diving time or simply legibility in poor lighting conditions.

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