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.

IN-DEPTH: The 42mm Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Power Reserve (PAM01537), the little Panerai that could …

Story in a second: All the complications you could possibly want in a Panerai, in a small(er) package. There’s something about Panerai that I’ve always found fascinating. I don’t know if it’s because of the instantly recognisable shape of the case, the origins of the brand as a supplier of wrist-worn diving instruments to the Italian Navy, or simply the fact that they have got a certain presence on the wrist. Whatever it is, I’ve always wanted to get one, but it took a little while for me to find the right one. Other than the fact that they represent a fairly sizeable investment, I was concerned that the typical 44mm or 47mm models would look too bulky on my wrist. This all changed recently, when I got my hands on the *takes a deep breath* Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio 42mm, better known as the PAM01537. The dial The dial itself is black, with a beautiful “Clous de Paris”, or Paris hobnail textured pattern, which, rather romantically, takes inspiration from the streets of Paris. The luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers are in the classic Panerai style, easily legible in any environment. The watch has two… Read More

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HANDS-ON: A Panerai for the suit and tie – the Luminor Due PAM00943

It would be easy to dismiss the Luminor Due — Panerai’s latest fully fledged line — as a collection oriented towards women. After all, it’s the collection that houses 38 and 42mm watches. But the fact that I am on record as being more than a little partial to the 42mm model aside, there are the larger members of the Due family, PAMs 943 and 944 respectively. Both are 45mm steel cases, which sees them aimed firmly at the fellas. If the larger size wasn’t enough of a giveaway, the more subdued colour palette should cinch it. Gone are the playful blues and fashion-forward strap options, in favour of stunning, shimmering anthracite. And really, this is a watch where the dial shines over the details. Don’t get me wrong, the details are good — classic Panerai design codes rendered in rich ecru lume, with a smidgen of text and a date window thrown in for good measure — but they don’t compete with the richness of the dial texture. This is one of the dressiest Panerais I’ve had the pleasure of wearing, and that’s absolutely OK. This is a Luminor Due, after all. And while the dive watch heritage is there,… Read More

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INTRODUCING: 5 new Panerai Radiomir 1940s – the Mediterraneo Edition, inspired by the deep blue sea

Panerai has just dropped a quintet of new, boutique-only watches and they are straight fire. These watches, called the Mediterraneo Edition, are all in Radiomir 1940 cases, and include a 42mm steel automatic (PAM00933), a 45mm GMT and a 45mm GMT with power reserve (PAM00945 and PAM00946 respectively), a red gold 45mm automatic (PAM00934), and a large 47mm hand-winder (PAM00932). Now, aside from the cases, what unites all these watches are the dials. The dials on these watches are a gradient blue, produced using an exclusive manufacturing process. These sort of smoky, graduated dials are really on-trend right now, and Panerai’s execution looks – from stock images at least – exceptional. Lighter in the centre and fading to an inky black, they really do evoke a deep, dark ocean, and the contrast with the cream-coloured print and luminous materials is on point. We’re looking forward to seeing all these models (particularly the red gold, which should be stunning) in real life, when they arrive in boutiques in mid-to-late September. But if you like what you see, don’t delay, as apparently they’re very popular.   Panerai Radiomir 1940 Mediterraneo Edition Australian pricing Panerai Radiomir 1940 Mediterraneo Edition PAM00933 (42mm, Automatic), $13,850;… Read More

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IN-DEPTH: The 42mm Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Power Reserve (PAM01537), the little Panerai that could …

Story in a second: All the complications you could possibly want in a Panerai, in a small(er) package. There’s something about Panerai that I’ve always found fascinating. I don’t know if it’s because of the instantly recognisable shape of the case, the origins of the brand as a supplier of wrist-worn diving instruments to the Italian Navy, or simply the fact that they have got a certain presence on the wrist. Whatever it is, I’ve always wanted to get one, but it took a little while for me to find the right one. Other than the fact that they represent a fairly sizeable investment, I was concerned that the typical 44mm or 47mm models would look too bulky on my wrist. This all changed recently, when I got my hands on the *takes a deep breath* Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio 42mm, better known as the PAM01537. The dial The dial itself is black, with a beautiful “Clous de Paris”, or Paris hobnail textured pattern, which, rather romantically, takes inspiration from the streets of Paris. The luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers are in the classic Panerai style, easily legible in any environment. The watch has two… Read More

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VIDEO: The heart of Panerai – the new Luminor Marina Logo 3 Days in steel 

The heart of Panerai’s line-up has to be the entry-level Luminor. A 44mm watch with the classic crown guard-equipped Luminor case and not much in the way of frills. White or black dial, white logo or blue, small seconds or not, and a range of strap options. That’s pretty much it. But you know what? It’s all you need. Because this watch (shown here in its black dial, blue logo, small seconds configuration — AKA the PAM 00777) is the core of the brand. Rugged, authentic and no fuss. It’s one watch you can do pretty much anything in. And now you can do it with the in-house P.6000, which gives you 72 hours of autonomy from a single wind — a big step up from its ETA-based predecessor. Pure Panerai just got even better. Panerai Luminor Marina Logo 3 Days Acciaio – 44mm (PAM 00777) Australian pricing Panerai Luminor Marina Logo 3 Days Acciaio — 44mm, on fabric strap, $6900.

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EVENT: Panerai celebrate first Australian boutique with mind-blowing nightlong event

Last week, Panerai lifted the bar for local watch events with a boutique launch that started at its Collins Street CBD location, transferred to the palatial family home of Australia’s most famous chef, Shannon Bennett and concluded with a personal chauffeur home for each guest. The evening’s entertainment, in addition to the display of Panerai’s 2018 novelties, as well as modern classics like the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Oro Rosso (PAM 684) above, was provided by pianist David Helfgott, the subject of Oscar-winning movie Shine. He played a classical set with such abandon that he struggled to stay seated, and after each piece Helfgott would jump up and rush over to guests’ tables to shake their hands. It was the most spectacular, personal and passionate watch brand activation in memory. Even the speeches were exceptional, with local brand manager Ruggero Pirrotta opting – at the insistence of Panerai Asia Pacific Managing Director, Julio Sato, pictured with Shannon Bennett above – to leave his notes in his pocket and speak from the heart. He talked about his excitement and pride in the new boutique at 360 Collins Street, the first ever Panerai boutique in Australia. He singled out Panerai collector and… Read More

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VIDEO: We polled people about the Panerai Luminor vs the Radiomir and the results are in

Well, at the end of a week that has focused on Panerai watches, the votes are in. In a recent Instagram poll, 66 per cent of you said that the Luminor is their preferred collection. About the same split could be seen in the comments on various posts. There’s little mystery as to why it wins. It’s all about that ingenious crown guard, that beefs up the cushion case and gives the Luminor its iconic, recognisable presence on the wrist. It could also have something to do with the sheer volume of movie and celebrity appearances the Luminor pulls each year. It’s a heavyweight fighter in the watch world and, given Panerai’s relatively diminutive size as a company compared to the big box brands, it punches well above its weight. To round out the week’s mini-series which compared them in the same video, then split out into two individual reviews, we have a Luminor Marina 8 Days Acciaio PAM 00590 in front of the lens now.

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