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.

Are you more of a Panerai Radiomir or Luminor person? You should know after watching this video.

Editor’s note: There are two incredibly strong and distinctive design codes within the Panerai brand. They are the Radiomir and Luminor collections — both are instantly recognisable. Both have unimpeachable histories: one decorated in war, the other in Hollywood. Both are manly as all get-out on the wrist. Though, interestingly, the more popular — and iconic — of the two is the baby, the less battle-tested Luminor. Hopefully you learn something through this process. We certainly did.   I’m putting myself out there in this video, which aims to establish whether the Panerai Luminor or Radiomir collection is more your jam. I’m pulling zero punches when I admit, in the opening few seconds, that at the time I bought my first ‘real’ watch, a Luminor PAM 177, I didn’t even know the Radiomir collection existed. This video is for people who are still unsure where they would stand if push turned to Panerai purchase, but want to explore. Is the slightly more svelte Radiomir, with its rounded cushion case, right? Or are you more connected to the big old Luminor crown guard? Beyond the looks, what about their histories? The stories that explain why they exist? If you’ve ever considered any of these questions, we hopefully… Read More

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INTRODUCING: Steely splendour – the Panerai Luminor Marina PAM00977 and PAM00978

Bracelets aren’t something you see strapped to Panerai watches too often, which is, I think, a bit of a shame, as that half-moon design is quite distinctive and stylish. But that’s something that’s set to change with two new, silver and steel additions to Panerai’s Luminor Marina family, the PAM00977 and PAM00978. Offered in two case sizes — 977 is the 42mm, and 978 is 44mm — the overall form of the Luminor Marina is well established by now, but aside from the bracelets, there’s a few things worth pointing out. Most obviously, the dial. I don’t know about you, but I expect Panerai to offer dial options verging on the dark and serious, which is what made this brushed silver number such a pleasant surprise. It offers a fresh take on the old favourite, and when combined with the bracelet, adds up to quite a flashy package. There are applied markers, a date, and a lovely little blue detail on the seconds hand. Ticking away behind the scenes is the P.9010 movement, an in-house number with three days of juice.  It’s not your typical Panerai, but hey, it’s 2019. Is there such a thing as a ‘typical’ Panerai anymore?… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Panerai Submersible Bronzo PAM00968 – Bronze is back and it’s no a longer limited edition

Perhaps Panerai’s most collectible modern-day watch, the original Bronzo, is credited with kick-starting today’s bronze watch craze. While it may not have been the first, when it was released in 2011 it immediately captured the patina-friendly hearts of collectors. Quickly selling out all 1000 pieces and spawning three more models, with each one as limited as the next. For 2019, however, the only thing that’s limited are the days of the limited edition Bronzo, with Panerai’s latest bronze addition being made available to absolutely everyone. That’s right, people, the Panerai Submersible Bronzo PAM00968 is not a limited edition (though it is still limited production). The good news doesn’t stop there either, as the PAM00968 also features one more thing we’ve never seen before on a Bronzo – a ceramic bezel. Micro-sandblasted and coloured an earthy brown to match both the dial and the warmth of the bronze case, the ceramic’s incredible hardness and resistance to scratches should provide a wonderful lasting contrast to the patina-forming properties of this Bronzo’s 47mm bronze case. Which, of course, also features the iconic Panerai crown protector, naturally made in bronze, first patented by the Italian Swiss-made brand in 1955. Water resistant to 300 metres,… Read More

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Are you more of a Panerai Radiomir or Luminor person? You should know after watching this video.

Editor’s note: There are two incredibly strong and distinctive design codes within the Panerai brand. They are the Radiomir and Luminor collections — both are instantly recognisable. Both have unimpeachable histories: one decorated in war, the other in Hollywood. Both are manly as all get-out on the wrist. Though, interestingly, the more popular — and iconic — of the two is the baby, the less battle-tested Luminor. Hopefully you learn something through this process. We certainly did.   I’m putting myself out there in this video, which aims to establish whether the Panerai Luminor or Radiomir collection is more your jam. I’m pulling zero punches when I admit, in the opening few seconds, that at the time I bought my first ‘real’ watch, a Luminor PAM 177, I didn’t even know the Radiomir collection existed. This video is for people who are still unsure where they would stand if push turned to Panerai purchase, but want to explore. Is the slightly more svelte Radiomir, with its rounded cushion case, right? Or are you more connected to the big old Luminor crown guard? Beyond the looks, what about their histories? The stories that explain why they exist? If you’ve ever considered any of these questions, we hopefully… Read More

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HANDS-ON: The sustainable Submersible, Panerai’s Submersible Mike Horn Edition, PAM00984

There were a lot of very interesting watches released at SIHH. Oftentimes, this interest was centred around complication — and rightly so, it’s really the watch industry’s traditional bailiwick. But for me, one of the most interesting collections overall was Panerai.  Panerai, while certainly accomplished at the higher end of the spectrum, tends not to play the complication game, which is entirely in keeping with the brand’s rough and tumble history. Instead, they went down a different (and perhaps more significant in the long run) route. Panerai’s SIHH 2019 releases were exclusively Submersible models, several of which tie into Panerai’s existing brand partnerships — including a series of extremely limited pieces that come with a fairly incredible money-can’t-buy experience bundled in, a pivot to a more experiential offering that’s a smart play. After all, what better way to immerse yourself in the world of Panerai than free diving in French Polynesia, or training with Italian commandos? The watch we’re looking at today is part of this equation – it’s the Mike Horn Edition, made in collaboration with legendary explorer and long-time Panerai ambassador Mike Horn. On the surface, it’s a tough, reliable dive watch, but look a little deeper and… Read More

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VIDEO: 3 standout Submersibles from Panerai’s SIHH 2019 collection

If you had any doubts about Panerai’s position as kings of the deep, their SIHH 2019 release catalogue would have dispelled them. Panerai’s hero watch is, of course, the Submersible. It’s one of the brand’s most interesting designs, as it honours their historically important case shape (cushiony, with a fairly famous crown guard), while adding a very handy bezel and some more contemporary lines. This year sees Panerai tweak a few more details, playing more with smaller sizes and interesting case materials. Here are our top picks. Panerai Submersible Carbotech 42mm – PAM00960 Carbotech is, without a doubt, a cool material, and you know what, it’s still just as cool in a smaller 42mm case. Panerai Submersible 42mm – PAM00959 This is a more classical Panerai execution, with its steel case. But even here there’s something quite special — the pebbly, grainy grey dial that somehow reminds me of shark skin. Panerai Submersible BMG-Tech 47mm – PAM00799 Just quietly, this might be my pick of the bunch. It’s big, and it’s also very complex. Not only is the bezel Carbotech, but the case is made from Panerai’s fancy BMG-Tech material. And that makes for a pretty awesome combo.

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VIDEO: Panerai’s Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech, the PAM00979

In recent years, Panerai has made some lateral moves, with watches like the more land-based Due. But for SIHH 2019, one of the original dive watch brands was underwater in full force. Their collection was chock-full of Submersibles (which is now a distinct line of its own). Panerai’s Marina Militare watches pay tribute to the brand’s naval roots, and that famous dial text was back this year, and on a watch that looks, frankly, incredible. The big 47mm Carbotech dial is paired with a carbon dial and even a newly designed handset. There’s a lot to like here, but see the video for what it’s like on the wrist. Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech (PAM00979) Australian pricing Panerai Submersible Marina Militare Carbotech, $28,700

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