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

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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

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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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INTRODUCING: Two new vintage-inspired Panerai Radiomir 3 Days – PAM00685 and PAM00687

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As the days tick by and SIHH 2017 looms, the pre-releases are coming thick and fast. One of the brands that never fails to surprise (hey Carbotech) and delight (hey Firenze) us is Panerai, and this year it looks like they’re keeping to form with two new takes on the classic Radiomir case. Inspired by historic models from the ’30s, the most distinctive feature of these 47mm steel models is the twelve-sided bezel holding the plexiglass crystal (a nice vintage feature in and of itself) in place. This bezel, which bears more than a passing resemblance to Panerai’s typical casebacks, is engraved with ‘Officine Panerai – Brevettato’, which refers to the patented luminous material used by the brand back in the day. The first of these two models, PAM00685, comes with a standard black sandwich-style dial. The second is a little more special, its gradated brown dial mimicking the tropical, radium-faded look of highly-prized vintage models. It looks great in the photography we’ve seen and we can’t wait to witness it IRL in January. Both watches are powered by Panerai’s P.3000 calibre, with three days’ power reserve, and come on an untreated brown leather strap with contrasting stitching. Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio (PAM… Read More

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

Panerai-oro-rosso-submersible

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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INTRODUCING: The collector’s complication – Panerai’s Luminor 1950 8 Days Equation of Time Titanio

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With the release of the Luminor 1950 Equation of Time 8 Days GMT Titanium Panerai is placing one of haute horlogerie’s most misunderstood complications into the classic Luminor package. Primarily known as one of the archetypal tool-watches, this latest release plucks the Luminor from the depths of the ocean and puts it in the planetarium. Panerai keeps this Luminor at 47mm which is exactly what people expect from the 1950 collection, and because of this it has wrist-presence above and beyond the typical 44mm Luminor models. But In this instance, great size does not equal great weight, as the case is titanium rather than stainless steel. The dial is offered in either a brown (PAM 656) or blue (PAM 670) sun-brushed finish and features the usual luminous sandwich treatment on the Arabic numbers and hour markers. The brown is nice, but for us the metallic blue is a great touch that widens the playing field for the Luminor styling. A slightly convex sapphire crystal rounds it all out and the movement is visible through another sapphire crystal on the back of the case. Panerai put every millimetre of the watch to use, even adding a power reserve to the caseback. Panerai… Read More

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GONE IN 60 SECONDS: From tough guy to dapper gent – the Panerai PAM 655 Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio video review

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  Panerai is very much a ‘what you see is what you get’ sort of brand, with an identity built around being the archetypal ‘tough guy’ watch. Which was why the PAM 655 surprised us. Sure, it’s still got the iconic cushion-shaped Radiomir case, but apart from that, there’s a lightness and airiness to this watch that’s refreshing. Partially that’s thanks to its size; the 42mm case is far from overwhelming on the wrist, and to the P.4000 movement helps make it quite slender too. But it’s also the dial – because this is the first time white has been seen on this case design. Meanwhile, even though this watch is less Sly and more sartorial, the Panerai hallmarks are very much in evidence: the ecru hands and luminous plots, the simple dial and of course that excellent strap. If you weren’t a PAM fan before, this watch could well bring you round. Panerai PAM 655 Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Acciaio Australian pricing Panerai PAM 655 in steel, $13,600

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INTRODUCING: The Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 Carbotech (ref. PAM00661)

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After a surprisingly quiet SIHH, Panerai chose to reveal a host of new models at an exclusive event just four months later in Florence. There’s a lot of new wrist-candy on offer, but one particular piece caught our collective eye – the Luminor Marina 1950 Carbotech, or PAM00661 if reference numbers are more your thing. Carbotech, a technology that up until recently was only seen in aviation and supercars, was first debuted by Panerai on last year’s Luminor Submersible. A composite carbon polymer material that’s both incredibly strong and incredibly light, outperforming ceramic and titanium in both metrics, it also allows for some interesting finishes, like the matte black wood-grain effect of the PAM00661. The watch has a hint of ‘stealth’ about it, so although the distinctive crown guard means this is clearly recognisable as a Panerai, the use of unconventional Carbotech makes it more understated. The modern case material is offset by the warm brown Ponte Vecchio leather strap, as well as the dial’s classic Panerai hands and markers in vintage-style ecru. There are some other interesting features to the dial too; the applied round hour markers look to have been borrowed from the Submersible collection, as does the bright… Read More

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