TEN YEARS OF IDEAS: THE OFFICINE PANERAI WORKSHOP
In March of ten years ago, the then Vend™me Group, now Richemont, acquired the branch of Officine Panerai concerned with Watches, Compasses, Depth Gauges and Precision Optical Instruments.
Also acquired along with the branch was the brand Officine Panerai, while the previous organization was called Panerai Sistemi.
In the 1930s Officine Panerai was official supplier to the Italian Navy of sophisticated, high precision devices. Amongst the multitude of ideas and instruments realized, a special range of watches was created specifically designed for use in extreme and highly risky conditions.
Since 1993 these special and secret military watches have been made available to the general public in limited editions under the original brands Luminor and Mare Nostrum.
The true confirmation came, however, exactly ten years ago with the international launch and success of the Officine Panerai brand.
A long voyage then, and one full of ideas, reflecting the values that Panerai has held since its origins. Values of ideas, values of men and women, values of a city, Florence, international home and point of reference of craftsmanship, creativity and a taste for beautiful things.
Ten years ago an idea emerged – to put together a watch with an unusual and yet authentic shape, with an extraordinary testimonial, Sylvester Stallone - but no brand existed. What has been accomplished in these ten years is recent history:
Today Officine Panerai is able to announce the first four Panerai calibres:
¬ P.2002 8 Days GMT: manual winding, 8 days. Power reserve, second reset, balance spring stop, 4 Hz, GMT home time, 12 and 24 hrs, 3 barrels, hand shake regulator, 245 components.
¬ P.2003 10 Days GMT: automatic, 10 days linear power reserve, second reset, balance spring stop, 4 Hz, GMT home time, 12 and 24 hrs, 3 barrels, hand shake regulator, 281 components.
¬ P.2004 8 Days GMT Chrono Monopulsante: manual winding, 8 days linear power reserve, 4 Hz, second reset, balance spring stop, GMT home time 12 and 24 hrs, 3 barrels, hand shake regulator, chronograph function on single push button at 8 oÕclock, column wheels, 333 components.
¬ P.2005 6 Days GMT Tourbillon: manual winding, 6 days power reserve, 4 Hz, 3 barrels, power reserve indicator positioned on the reverse side, tourbillon cage rotating perpendicular to the balance spring axis: 1 turn every 30 seconds GMT, clˇ de raquette, tourbillon indicator at 9 oÕclock.
These four movements are destined to power PaneraiÕs creations in the future, watches with values that will be increasingly appreciated among collectors and among those who make daily use of their watch an instrument of quality that lasts over time. Following ten years of intense activity, of ideas, here is a new brand: