19 November, 2015OFFICINE PANERAI OPENS “HISTORY AND LEGEND” EXHIBITION AT TAIPEI 101 IN TAIWAN
The Florence luxury watchmaker Officine Panerai inaugurated the “History and Legend” exhibition today, which will be open until 29th November, 2015. The exhibition is located at Taipei 101’s 4th floor plaza, the premium shopping mall where the newest boutique in Taipei is situated.
The exhibition offers a unique experience to discover the master Panerai collection, which combines the pureness and authenticity of Italian design with the Swiss knowhow of the Panerai manufacture based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The special exhibition of vintage timepieces includes a selection of Radiomir, Radiomir 1940, Luminor 1950 and Luminor prototype watches. Visitors can also discover Panerai’s collection through the display at the exhibition, which demonstrates the sophisticated function of Long Power Reserve, High Complications, Chronographs and GMT.
Visitors can travel through time, discover the origin and designs of Panerai watches from the 1930s , 1940s, and 1950s with a display that unfolds a full-size (7.5 meters long, 0.53 in diameter) of a “slow speed torpedo” prototype, a human torpedo also known as Siluro a Lenta Corsa (S.L.C.). The first S.L.C. was designed in 1938 by Teseo Tesei and Elio Toschi, two captains of the Genio Navale (Naval Engineer) of the Italian Navy, to carry brave commandos during their 2 heroic underwater missions. The commandos of the Italian Navy used to wear heavy rubber suits, known as “Belloni suits”, with rubber masks, self-contained pure oxygen breathing apparatuses and emergency respirators containing soda lime, which absorbed carbon dioxide and prevented air bubbles that could easily give their presence away. The commandos wore their diving suits with Panerai watches and instruments specially created for them, such as compasses and depth gauges. To present Panerai’s historic role in supplying high precision watches to the Special Forces of the Italian Navy, celebrated architectural lighting designer - Uno Lai created a deep sea atmosphere for the exhibition space by utilizing many special lighting instruments and shadows.
In 1956, Officine Panerai developed the Radiomir Egiziano, exceptional for its robustness and unusually large size, as well as for its special rotating bezel that enabled the time of immersion to be calculated. This model inspired the Submersibles range, and the exhibition has a specific area dedicated to this range, including exemplary pieces like the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech™ 3 Days Automatic (PAM00616) and the elusive Luminor Submersible 1950 3 days Automatic Bronzo (PAM00507) .
Lastly, the exhibition encompasses novelties that were launched in the recent 2015 Watches & Wonders Exhibition. Two new Special Editions, each of which consists of only 300 units, the new Luminor 1950 3 Days Titanio DLC – 47mm (PAM00617) and (PAM00629) are on display. Lastly, the new skeletonized tourbillon Lo Scienziato - Radiomir 1940 Tourbillon GMT Oro Rosso (PAM00559) is also making its debut in Taiwan.
Guided tours will be organized during the exhibition; visitors are welcome to register to discover more.
Venue: Taipei 101, 4th Floor Plaza
Address: 4F, No. 7, Sec. 5, Xinyi Road., Taipei City
Period: 20 November – 29 November 2015
Time: 11:00am – 21:00pm
Guided Tour: 20 November – 29 November 2015
Weekday: 15:00pm – 15:30pm /17:00pm -17:30pm
Weekend: 15:00pm – 15:30pm /17:00pm -17:30pm / 20:00pm – 20:30pm
Guided Tour Registration: 0800-201-868