The Luminor grew out of Panerai’s ongoing relationship with the Royal Italian Navy, which saw the watchmaker produce increasingly technical timepieces capable of surviving the most extreme of underwater conditions. Now, 70 years on, Panerai continues to push the boundaries of traditional diving watches, with an innovative approach that extends from the contemporary aesthetics of its creations to the precision timekeeping at its heart.
Today, its timepieces are just as rigorously put to the test by the likes of brand ambassador and champion free diver Guillaume Néry. This partnership is being celebrated with a special take on the Luminor, limited to just 70 pieces, that pays tribute to both Panerai and Néry’s deep connection to the sea. This inspiration comes through in the subtle degrade effect on the dial, recalling sunlight filtering through the water. The rubberised bezel and sand-blasted titanium case complete the modern look, making the most of the research and development into advanced materials, which Panerai undertakes at its Laboratorio di Idee.
The Luminor Marina 44mm – Guillaume Néry Edition PAM01122 comes equipped with the slimline Calibre p.9010, an in-house automatic movement measuring just 6mm thick. As well as the handy three-day power reserve, it also features a quick-time adjustment function allowing the time to be easily changed in one hour increments, which is then automatically reflected in the date indication.
So confident are Panerai in the performance of the watch, which is water resistant to up to 30 bar (300 metres), that it comes offered with an impressive 70-year warranty. And as well as paying tribute to its nautical heritage, the watchmaker is also helping ensure the healthy future of the oceans by providing the timepiece on a strap made from black recycled PET material, as well as packaging it in a recycled box that comes engraved with the signature of Guillaume Néry.