Few brands have a following so loyal that they even have a name of their own, yet Panerai does. For many people owning one of their watches is a love-affair. They are large and robust, yet also radiate a flair that you would not expect from such a generously sized watch. They often make you wonder if the form is following function or that it is, in fact, the other way around? At Haute Time these are our favourite watches from the brand:
Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days
A Panerai in its purest form is a powerful thing. The Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days needs only two hands, four Arabic numerals and 8 indices to make quite a statement. That is the true power of Panerai, with that ‘less-is-more’ approach yet served up in a generous portion as it is a 45mm large watch. The manual wind P.5000 manufacture movement, with an eight-day power reserve, also shows that its beauty is more than skin deep.
LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days
Despite being rooted in history, is innovation another hallmark of Panerai and no other watch in their collection shows this better than the LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days. With a movement that needs, guaranteed, no lubrication for the next 50(!) years Panerai achieved the impossible. But it doesn’t stop there, as Panerai puts this remarkable movement in a case made of the ultra-light yet very strong Carbotech, a first in watchmaking. With many brands, a watch like this should be a prototype, or a concept watch, with Panerai it is simply a current collection model: ’nuff said!
Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo
The Submersible has become a legend of its own in the Panerai collection. With its unique diving bezel, it remains a very charismatic watch, and that is even further enhanced with the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo, as case, bezel and crown guard is now crafted from bronze. This not only offers a beautiful contrast with the blue dial but will also form over time a patina that will be unique to the watch, making it even more desirable.
L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time GMT
A Panerai doesn’t have to be complicated to be desirable, but we also don’t mind when it is! The L’Astronomo Luminor 1950 Tourbillon Moon Phases Equation of Time GMT is a perfect example of the appeal that a complicated Panerai can have. This Panerai is made to order, giving its future owner even some personalization options. What is most remarkable is that despite showing a great deal of information on the dial, it remains easy to read. With a water-resistant of 300ft/100m, it also remains a watch that can handle an active lifestyle, because for that a Panerai is made!