5 October, 2015OFFICINE PANERAI AT SALONE IN ROPPONGI WITH “DIVING BELL” EXHIBITION
TOKYO, October 2015 – Officine Panerai, the celebrated Italian high-end sports watchmaker, will attend for the first time the Tokyo Midtown Design Touch presenting the Diving Bell exhibition at the Salone in Roppongi from October 16 to 25.
This year’s Salone in Roppongi plays host to a special installation inspired by the concept of “Japanese design flying high in the world”. One of Japan’s leading architects, Hiroshi Nakamura has been commissioned to design the installation and space as an interpretation of the world of Officine Panerai.
The theme of the installation is the “Diving Bell”, an apparatus once used to take divers deep beneath the sea. A total of five diving bells will be on display in the Atrium in Roppongi Midtown where the Salone in Roppongi is staged. Panerai watches were, of course, originally designed for the Special Forces frogmen of the Italian Royal Navy and the Diving Bell installation centres around the undersea world they worked in during their missions. In fact, each diving bell will be equipped with a 360-degree spherical screen complete with sound and visuals to immerse visitors in the experience of diving into the deep, dark depths of the sea.
The installation will also be surrounded by panels illustrating Panerai’s long and fascinating history as well as its unique collection of watches. The entire venue will be designed as a spatial representation of Panerai’s inextricable links to the sea.