Even though the company originated in Italy, the watches of Officine Panerai are made for Australia. Panerai timepieces are big and bold and their submarine heritage, as tool watches for Italian frogmen, makes them a natural fit for a population that is surrounded by the ocean and within close proximity to the beach. Explore the tradition and distinctive design aesthetic of Officine Panerai at Time+Tide.

VIDEO: Two couples explain why they wear Panerai, you can too at #MyPanerai

You’re never quite sure how a film shoot is going to turn out. On paper, things can be obvious. Both of the couples that are featured here had professed to us an enduring love for Panerai. But it was only when we started exploring that attachment, and asking more detailed questions about it, that things took an interesting turn. How did we even get here, though? The thought process from our side was to address this notion of the Panerai ‘tribe’ – the deeper than average connection many Panerai wearers seem to have to their watches, and to the Panerai story behind them. Is it different for men and women? We asked our passionate subjects to complete this sentence, “My Panerai is…..” This is what they said. If you’d like to share your answer, we’d love to hear it. Use the hashtag #mypanerai on Instagram and Facebook. We’ll be sharing photos all week.

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HANDS-ON: A traveller’s twin-set – Panerai’s Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT PAM 628 and PAM 657

Over the last few years, Panerai has gone to a lot of effort to evolve their offering. The foundation pieces are still there – aggressively simple dive watches that make little effort to belie their military origins, but these days the brand has so much more to offer, from hi-tech tourbillons to slender dress options. These two GMTs, released last year, are the kind of watches that bridge old and new. They’re undeniably Panerai, with the large 45mm Radiomir 1940 case and instantly recognisable combination of super-stylised Arabics and hash marks, but look closer and the changes are obvious too. The dial, for starters. No longer a simple matt sandwich, Panerai has added texture to the mix, with subtle Clous de Paris and vertical stripe finishes to keep things interesting. Likewise, the iconic luminous sandwich construction hasn’t been used here, with the ecru-coloured luminous material applied in the more traditional manner. As you can see, both these watches display a second time zone via the slender, arrow-tipped hand. This is a 12-hour hand, which is convenient for reading the second time at a glance, but less so if you have problems remembering if it’s day or night in that time… Read More

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HANDS-ON: Small changes make a big impact – the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Accio Automatic (PAM 682)

It’s been a strong year for the Submersible collection, with Panerai hitting home runs with the latest Bronzo, the ingenious BMG-Tech and the luxe lusciousness of the solid gold PAM 684. And while all these models offer a little something extra, be it limited edition exclusivity, material innovation or a solid chunk of gold, there’s also a Submersible for the rest of us, and that’s the PAM 682. Cased in plain brushed steel, on a rubber strap, the PAM 682 is the essence of the Submersible – tool-like, utilitarian and unquestionably Panerai. It’s also 42mm, which opens the traditionally beefy diver up to a whole new audience. The case size is the only thing that’s been reduced, all other components remain as high-quality as ever, including the movement. The robust P.9010 is visible through the clear caseback, ticking away at 4hz, and good for three days of power reserve. The broad-shouldered Luminor 1950 case is still the hero of the show, thanks to the trademark crown guard. Appropriately enough for a diver (the watch is good to 300m), legibility is the name of the game for the dial, with only the blue small seconds hand relieving the otherwise black and white… Read More

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VIDEO: Two couples explain why they wear Panerai, you can too at #MyPanerai

You’re never quite sure how a film shoot is going to turn out. On paper, things can be obvious. Both of the couples that are featured here had professed to us an enduring love for Panerai. But it was only when we started exploring that attachment, and asking more detailed questions about it, that things took an interesting turn. How did we even get here, though? The thought process from our side was to address this notion of the Panerai ‘tribe’ – the deeper than average connection many Panerai wearers seem to have to their watches, and to the Panerai story behind them. Is it different for men and women? We asked our passionate subjects to complete this sentence, “My Panerai is…..” This is what they said. If you’d like to share your answer, we’d love to hear it. Use the hashtag #mypanerai on Instagram and Facebook. We’ll be sharing photos all week.

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HANDS-ON: Panerai’s Midas touch – the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Oro Rosso (PAM 684)

There’s something gloriously, incredibly and fabulously over the top about a solid gold dive watch. It’s the ultimate juxtaposition of functional object and precious ornament, all bundled up in a neat, wrist-optimised package. It’s this contrast that lies at the heart of the PAM 684’s appeal. And make no mistake, this is an incredibly lust-worthy watch. At first glance it looks like a slimmed-down version of the Submersible we know and love – that crown, the matt black ceramic bezel insert, the hardy rubber strap – so far it’s very much what you’d expect from Panerai. But then your brain processes the fact that the case is, in fact, heavy red gold, and everything changes. Much like the case has transmogrified from a base metal into a precious one, so too all the utilitarian elements have taken on a luxurious tone – this is one supremely confident watch. Sure, it has workmanlike origins, but the chances are slim to none that this watch is getting its hands dirty. Not that this Panerai couldn’t handle it. Functionally it’s all there: P.9010 movement, good for three days of power thanks to its twin barrels; ultra legible dial with small seconds at nine; and… Read More

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VIDEO: Panerai 2017 collection overview and our 3 favourites *post may contain traces of bronze*

Panerai kicked off 2017 with a bang. The brand that artfully bolts together ‘Italian design and Swiss precision’ showed a cohesive range with a strong material focus at SIHH in January. At the collection’s core was the mighty Luminor Submersible in many shapes and sizes. Andrew and I picked our three favourite takes on this diver’s diver, and it quickly became clear just how versatile the Submersible is: from dressy to everyday to downright lustworthy. All that’s needed is a change of case metal and a new dial. The only question is, which watch wouldn’t Andrew shut up about?

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HANDS-ON: The Return of the Bronzo – Panerai introduces blue-dialled Luminor Submersible PAM 00671

This year it appears that the Submersible collection is a major focus for Panerai, with the brand releasing a veritable pack of new models in all manner of materials and sizes. But there’s one watch above all else that has inflamed the passions of the Paneristi, and that’s the PAM 00671 – AKA the Blue Bronzo. For anyone not familiar with the legend of the Bronzo, a little backstory. In 2011 Panerai released the PAM 00382, a green-dialled Luminor Submersible cased in bronze, limited to 1000 pieces, though we suspect they wouldn’t have had too much trouble selling 10 times that number. While it wasn’t the first ever bronze cased watch, it was the watch that started the bronze craze. Well, this year the Bronzo is back, and blue. And what a blue! Forget any notions of in-your-face summer blue. Instead this is the darker, more mysterious hue of deep oceans. In fact, under the halogen lights of SIHH, the dial looked almost black, with occasional brilliant flashes at just the right angle. The colour of the dial might be the most obvious change, but it isn’t the only one. The luminous material on the hands, dial and bezel has been given a vintage creamy tone to match… Read More

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