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.

Experiencing Panerai's Marina Militare – we wish we were there

One of the most interesting watch 'releases' this year was Panerai's series of experiential watches. Basically, the brand released a series of watches with a particular focus — diving, exploration, the armed forces — each with an associated ambassador or partner. One release was the regular version of the watch, and the second was a very exclusive limited edition, a twist on the watch that came with the opportunity to take part in an pretty exceptional money-can't-buy experience.  A few weeks ago, one of these experiences went down in Italy. Owners of the exclusive Marina Militare PAM961 (the less limited version is the PAM979, which you can check out below) spent a pretty serious 72 hours with the Italian Navy (AKA the Marina Militare). Of course, the Italian Navy link is one deeply seated in the lore and legend of Panerai, but the lucky few PAM961 wearers saw that link in a whole other light, putting their Panerai through the paces with the Italian Navy's special forces, known as the Comsubin.  From the vantage point of my desk chair, this experience looks pretty exhausting, and I'm sure it represented the merest fraction of what the actual Comsubin guys go through…. Read More

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What Sealed The Deal – John J and his Panerai 177

Panerai 177

The greatest love stories basically go a little like this: lovers meet and instantly fall for each other, other forces separate them and they may never be together, then the lovers are reunited and all is well in the universe. This is also the basic story of John and his Panerai 177, which should indicate the depths of his passion for this particular watch. When did you first see/hear about it? A couple of years ago, I had a Panerai 176, which is a very similar model to this one, but without the hacking seconds. I loved it, but I got the Rolex itch, so had to sell the Panerai to fund the Rolex. I always wanted another one though, because for me it's the quintessential Panerai. Brushed not polished (like a tool watch should be), manual wind, sandwich dial, and a reliable Unitas movement. I just love the way it wears. It's my new daily at the moment, and I have to force myself to wear other pieces. Now I  look at it and think, 'When this exists, why is there such hype about Rolex?' Any story behind the purchase? Nothing beyond that I had the sibling in the… Read More

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Panerai's latest lean, green timekeeping machines – PAM00995, PAM00998, PAM00999 and PAM00997

Panerai's Radiomir is the diving brand's most dressy offering, lacking some of the heft — as well as the crown guard — of its Luminor and Submersible brethren. But it's still every inch (or should that be millimetre) a Panerai. That super-distinctive case, those hands and, of course, those numerals. This time around, we've been treated to a brace of new references: PAM00995, PAM00998, PAM00999 and PAM00997, running the gamut of 45mm three-hand to GMT models and a beefy 48mm ceramic model, with new dial treatments. And what a dial — glorious (not-so-glossy) matt green. Visually, the look is strong; the dark tone amplified by the golden handset and warm, creamy Arabic numerals and carefully worn leather straps. And while the dial in and of itself isn't an earth-shattering innovation, it's certainly attractive. And while the 48mm ceramic is impressive, I think the 45mm GMT on the suede strap is the winning combination. Be warned, though, these are boutique-only pieces. Panerai Radiomir – 45mm – PAM00995 – $15,700 AUD Panerai Radiomir GMT – 45mm – PAM00998 – $16,900 AUD Panerai Radiomir GMT Power Reserve – 45mm – PAM00999 – $17,200 AUD Panerai Radiomir – 48mm – PAM00997 – $18,500 AUD

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Experiencing Panerai's Marina Militare – we wish we were there

One of the most interesting watch 'releases' this year was Panerai's series of experiential watches. Basically, the brand released a series of watches with a particular focus — diving, exploration, the armed forces — each with an associated ambassador or partner. One release was the regular version of the watch, and the second was a very exclusive limited edition, a twist on the watch that came with the opportunity to take part in an pretty exceptional money-can't-buy experience.  A few weeks ago, one of these experiences went down in Italy. Owners of the exclusive Marina Militare PAM961 (the less limited version is the PAM979, which you can check out below) spent a pretty serious 72 hours with the Italian Navy (AKA the Marina Militare). Of course, the Italian Navy link is one deeply seated in the lore and legend of Panerai, but the lucky few PAM961 wearers saw that link in a whole other light, putting their Panerai through the paces with the Italian Navy's special forces, known as the Comsubin.  From the vantage point of my desk chair, this experience looks pretty exhausting, and I'm sure it represented the merest fraction of what the actual Comsubin guys go through…. Read More

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INTRODUCING: The pure craziness of Panerai's latest Luminor Tourbillon GMT 47mm Lo Scienziato PAM00768

Panerai's top-tier timepieces go by the name of Lo Scienziato — avant-garde evolutions of the brand's classic case shapes that really let the watches' technical side shine.  Of course, the technology is present in the movement: a skeletonised, three-dimensional offering that fills the 48mm case; the P.2005/T calibre boasts a central time and GMT, 24-hour indicator at three and an unusual 30-second tourbillon at the 10 o'clock position. This tourbillon is also on a rotating axis perpendicular to the balance wheel. Just to add a little extra drama. All this weighs a thrifty 23 grams.  And while the open-worked movement, with its deep green highlights, is already impressive, the case is no slouch either. It's been made via 3D printing – painstaking layers of titanium powder applied via the direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) process, which means that the case can be created in a hollow structure, making it incredibly light without sacrificing strength. In addition to the printed titanium case, the bezel, crown and crown lock are all made from Carbotech, which keeps the weight down and the wow factor up. The entire case weighs only 18 grams.  This high-end piece is resistant to 100 metres (which is quite impressive for such… 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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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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