The essence of the chronograph realises an ancient, beguiling dream of humankind and this, perhaps, can explain the ubiquity and success of this complication even more so than its many applications and sophisticated functions.
Sport is the kingdom of performance, of comparison and measurement, and in the history of many sporting disciplines a modest difference of a few thousandths of a second has transformed an athlete into a legend.
The first chronograph made by Officine Panerai dates back to 1943, the year in which the prototype of the Mare Nostrum was presented to deck officers of the Italian Navy. This long experience lives on today in the wide range of Panerai chronographs, all with designs inspired by the models created in the thirties and forties and enhanced by technical content of high quality watchmaking, developed by the manufacture in Neuchâtel in a variety of calibres enabling enthusiasts to choose the functions best suited to stopping time in their own way: Chronograph, Chrono Flyback, Chrono Regatta Countdown, Chrono Monopulsante, Chrono Rattrapante. The 2014 collection includes new and exclusive chronographs which enhance Officine Panerai’s range in this chosen area of high quality sports watchmaking.