Panerai was born in 1860 in Florence, cradle of the Renaissance, the art and the science which have made Italy famous throughout the world for its creativity and genius. Values that Officine Panerai expresses through its watches, which it reinterprets over time with passion, technical excellence and exclusive design.
A watch-making laboratory, highly specialized since the nineteenth century, supplier of measurement and precision instruments to the Italian Navy in the nineteen hundreds, fine watchmaker and international brand in the twenty-first century. The deep-rooted links with the world of the sea, the true heritage of the Brand, bestow on each watch a sporting character that is unique and authentic, like the history of Panerai.
Panerai’s history marks time itself. Its roots can be traced back to when it was the exclusive supplier of high-precision instruments to the Royal Italian Navy in the early nineteen hundreds.
Riding on submersible torpedoes, the commandos were the protagonists of epic endeavours.
On their wrists, they wore the precision and luminescence of Panerai Radiomir and Luminor models.
Panerai’s characteristic - pure Italian design loyal to its own tradition and unchanged by time.
A principle echoed by an idea destined to change the history of watchmaking: the crown-protecting lever bridge, the innovation thanks to which Panerai created the first underwater military watch.
The high quality of production symbolizes Panerai’s tradition.
A culture made of technical achievements and commitment, which in 2002 led to the creation of the first movement designed and developed in-house by Panerai, the P.2002 - a hand-wound calibre with GMT function and 8-day power reserve, drawing inspiration from the Angelus movement used in the Panerai 1940s models.
The sea represents Panerai’s identity and its place of origin.
The sea is pure passion, a passion that lives again in Eilean, the Bermudian ketch from 1936 built at the Scottish Fife shipyard and returned to the sea in 2009 thanks to a restoration that took more than 40,000 hours.