2002 was a fundamental year in the history of Officine Panerai. In fact, in the same year that saw the launch of the project for the development of the first in-house movement, Panerai inaugurated its manufacturing plant.
Located on the lake of Neuchâtel, a city with one of the oldest horological traditions in Switzerland, the Panerai Manufacture is the place where all the activities of the brand are carried out, a combination of tradition and innovation where unique, exclusive watches are created.
It was the launch of the P.2002, the first of all the calibres made at the Neuchâtel Manufacture and a tribute to the historic 8-day power reserve conceived by Panerai in the 1940s, that inaugurated a new era for the Florentine brand, an era focused on Swiss fine watchmaking with a collection boasting in-house movements featuring a strong aesthetic and functional identity.
For Panerai, the Manufacture is the synonym of a number of distinctive elements: unmistakable design, loyalty to the history of the brand and an insatiable quest for aesthetic and technical solutions capable of combining simplicity with the highest innovation and technical standards.
To pay tribute to the Swiss horological art, Panerai has reinterpreted, in a refined and innovative manner, a fine watchmaking complication, the tourbillon (with the P.2005, P.2005/G and P.2005/S Panerai in-house movements), creating watches like Lo Scienziato and l’Astronomo, the technical and manufacturing expression of Officine Panerai.
Officine Panerai’s present and future do not only mean the development of high quality, in-house movements, they also mean a search for high-performance, innovative materials that are selected and tested by the Neuchâtel Manufacture through an on-going research and development activity.
Ample space will indeed be given to research and development activities inside the new Officine Panerai Manufacture in Pierre-à-Bot, which will be inaugurated in 2013. Its opening will complete the progress that has established the Florentine brand worldwide as one of the most important productive expressions of haute horlogerie sports watches.