Panerai Watches

All ‘Officene Panerai’ watches embrace

“….a natural blend of Italian design, Swiss technology and a passion for the sea.”

First founded in Florence, ‘the cradle of the renaissance’, the Officine Panerai brand has absorbed the essence of this historic city’s spirit. Combining revolutionary ideas with an enthusiasm for classical design principles, Panerai creates watches that feature a predilection for harmony, balance and regularity.

Since Giovanni Panerai opened his first watchmaker's shop in 1860, the company has maintained a distinct and superior identity. This extends from the classically elegant appearance of its time pieces through to the exquisitely fine and precise construction of its movements. Producing watches exclusively for men, Panerai identified its niche market early on its history.

At the time it was opened the Panerai premises served not only as a shop and workshop but also as the city's first watchmaking school, upholding the centuries old Florentine tradition of teaching fine craftsmanship. Early on, the quality and precision of instruments emerging from the workshop attracted the attention of the Royal Italian Navy. In 1916, Panerai created ‘Radiomir’ an innovative chemical substance that could be used to provide luminosity to the dials of sighting instruments and devices. The high visibility of this substance and its excellent underwater durability immediately made the radium paste a vital element in Officine Panerai’s production.

To date, the Panerai collection includes four stylish ‘families’, each of these has its own distinctive appearance and historic evolution. The contemporary collection includes the: ‘Radiomir’, ‘Radiomir 1940’, ‘Luminor 1950’ and ‘Luminor’. In addition to the standard range, Officene Panerai’ also produces highly collectable ‘special additions’. For example, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s first celestial observations, Officine Panerai dedicated a triptych of unusually complex models to honour the discoveries of the famous Tuscan astronomer.

Panerai continues to push forward and meet the challenges of the 21st century but in its designs, this company never loses sight of its origins.

All ‘Officene Panerai’ watches embrace

“….a natural blend of Italian design, Swiss technology and a passion for the sea.”

First founded in Florence, ‘the cradle of the renaissance’, the Officine Panerai brand has absorbed the essence of this historic city’s spirit. Combining revolutionary ideas with an enthusiasm for classical design principles, Panerai creates watches that feature a predilection for harmony, balance and regularity.

Since Giovanni Panerai opened his first watchmaker's shop in 1860, the company has maintained a distinct and superior identity. This extends from the classically elegant appearance of its time pieces through to the exquisitely fine and precise construction of its movements. Producing watches exclusively for men, Panerai identified its niche market early on its history.

At the time it was opened the Panerai premises served not only as a shop and workshop but also as the city's first watchmaking school, upholding the centuries old Florentine tradition of teaching fine craftsmanship. Early on, the quality and precision of instruments emerging from the workshop attracted the attention of the Royal Italian Navy. In 1916, Panerai created ‘Radiomir’ an innovative chemical substance that could be used to provide luminosity to the dials of sighting instruments and devices. The high visibility of this substance and its excellent underwater durability immediately made the radium paste a vital element in Officine Panerai’s production.

To date, the Panerai collection includes four stylish ‘families’, each of these has its own distinctive appearance and historic evolution. The contemporary collection includes the: ‘Radiomir’, ‘Radiomir 1940’, ‘Luminor 1950’ and ‘Luminor’. In addition to the standard range, Officene Panerai’ also produces highly collectable ‘special additions’. For example, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s first celestial observations, Officine Panerai dedicated a triptych of unusually complex models to honour the discoveries of the famous Tuscan astronomer.

Panerai continues to push forward and meet the challenges of the 21st century but in its designs, this company never loses sight of its origins.

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