Panerai: Black is the new… black.

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The italian Watch brand Panerai, launched this year, the new Radiomir 8 Days Ceramica. The famous brand, owned by the Richemont group, possess this timeless elegance that makes each of its creation, a masterpiece. Elegant lines play with surprising materials and provides a great feeling of avant-garde.

Giovanni Panerai (1825–1897) founded Officine Panerai in Florence, Italy in 1860. By 1900, under the leadership of the founder’s grandson Guido Panerai (1873-1934), Officine Panerai had become an official supplier to the Regia Marina (the Royal Italian Navy), supplying watches and precision instruments. Panerai watches of this time consisted of a cases designed and manufactured by Panerai and movement made by Swiss manufacturers including Rolex SA.

The Florence-based watchmaker produced wrist worn diving instruments and about 300 watches, all for the Italian Marina Militare, between 1938 and 1993. By that time, the company ceased to provide watches to the Marina Militare, as they were no longer cost-effective nor did they meet the naval specifications. It then moved to launch its products to the civilian market. The actor Sylvester Stallone spotted and bought a Panerai Luminor in a jewelry store in Rome in 1995 to wear during shooting of the film Daylight. Stallone ordered a small batch of such watches with his signature on the case back, called Slytech, offering some as gifts to friends. The brands rising popularity caught the attention of Richemont, which acquired Officine Panerai in 1997. At auction and in the collectors market, some of these older models, particularly those produced in the 1940s and ’50s have commanded rich premiums.

The new Panerai Radiomir 8 days Ceramica is totally registered on this philosophy. A beautiful and sexy black Bezel made in Ceramic. This material became very popular among luxury watches as it is resistant and light. It is very chic, could be a James bond watch. It has a power reserve of 8 days, so you are sure of not running out of power when you might need your watch the most.

source: panerai.com

Movement
Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P2002/3 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai,13¾ lignes, 6.6 mm thick, 21 jewels, monometallic Glucydur® balance, 28,800 alternations/hour, KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 8 days, 3 barrels. 225 components.

Functions
Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, linear power reserve indicator.

Case
Diameter 45 mm, black ceramic, with removable wire loop strap attachments (patented). Screw-down winding crown personalized OP.

Bezel
Black ceramic.

So, Black is Black…but it is a Panerai!

LA

Sebastien Eich

Sebastien Eich is passionate about Swiss watch-making and throughout the years he gathered a tremendous amount of knowledge about the beautiful art of creating a watch. Based in Switzerland, the mother land of watch-making, he has exclusive access to Brands and events. He shares all of it here for the great pleasure of sharing.