Intersecting design and engineering, Panerai distinguishes itself within the realm of high horological complications through its dedication to innovation, technical mastery and an unyielding focus on the finest details. Panerai’s timepieces are precise chronometers, embodying the brand’s relentless pursuit of horological expertise with a classic Italian essence. The new Panerai Submersible S eTitanio™ PAM01403 continues the narrative of disruptive and spectacular concepts in partnership with luxury mobility brand BRABUS.
The 47mm case is made of eTitanio™, a 100% recycled titanium powder derived from pre-consumer scraps titanium alloy, and crafted using Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) technology. Panerai‘s ranks is among the first and remains one of the world’s very few watchmakers to utilize this technique – resulting in a structure that is lighter in weight and characterized by a uniform appearance that is nearly impossible to achieve via traditional methods.
Courtesy of a precise 3D printing process, the watch case materializes seemingly out of thin air, as it is constructed by adding material rather than removing it. Layer upon layer, titanium powder is fused together by high-power fibre optic laser sintering, transforming into a solid material and creating a shape from nothingness. In this meticulous process of precision layering, each pass of the laser results in an almost imperceptible but consistent addition, 30 microns (0.03 mm) thick. Most notably, this technique allows for the formation of a case band that is hollow inside without compromising its strength or water resistance. The DMLS titanium watch weighs a mere 115g, with the case alone coming in at 23.6g. This DMLS case is approximately 30% lighter than the standard titanium case.
At the heart of the Submersible S is one of Laboratorio di Idee’s high-end complications – the Skeleton Caliber. Showcasing a stripped-down movement, the skeletonized structure of the watch is achieved through a sophisticated watchmaking procedure that removes all unnecessary materials, drawing attention to the movement’s key components. The watch features a micro-rotor that ensures automatic winding, providing a power reserve of up to 3 days. A GMT function with a second bicolour hour hand and AM/PM indicator is also included, underlining the watch’s functionality and versatility. The patent has been granted for the DMLS titanium process, while other patented features of this timepiece include a security device for a watch control mechanism, a rotating bezel system, a lever with a rotating roller, a polarized date and a zero reset as well as a stop second movement. The watch’s small seconds at 9 o’clock features a second reset for optimal time setting. An original Panerai creation is the patented polarized date, allowing the numerals to be visible only when passing through the opening without hiding the mechanism. With its skeletonized structure, the watch is notably lightweight, making it both functional and stylish. Details in red embody aesthetics inspired by the BRABUS design DNA.
The watch is paired with two distinct bracelets: the first, a bi-material black calf strap, and the second, a black strap made of 68% recycled PET from post-consumer wastes. Panerai PAM01403 is a boutique exclusive time, limited to 177 pieces worldwide, a homage to the year BRABUS was founded – 1977.
Panerai Submersible S BRABUS eTitanio™ PAM01403 Technical Specifications
- Automatic mechanical,
- P.4001/S calibre,
- 13¾ lignes, 7.36 mm thick,
- 31 jewels,
- Glucydur® balance,
- 28,800 alternations/hour.
- KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device.
- Two barrels.
- 341 components.
- Off-centered oscillating weight in tungsten
- Functions: Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Second Time Zone, World Time, Calendar Aperture.
- Power Reserve: 3 days
- Diameter 47mm. eTitanio™ DMLS case and Carbotech anti-clockwise rotating bezel with graduated scale.
- Screw titanium with DLC coating caseback.
- See through sapphire crystal caseback.
- eTitanio™ Safety Lock crown protection device.
- Sapphire crystal
- Waterproof: 30 bar (~300 meters)
- Calf rubber bi-material black, T/T, 26/22, BA, STD
Founded in Florence in 1860 as a workshop, shop and subsequently school of watchmaking, for many decades Panerai supplied the Italian Navy and its specialist diving corps in particular with precision instruments.
The designs developed by Panerai in that time, including the Luminor and Radiomir, were covered by the Military Secrets Act for many years and were launched on the international market only after the brand was acquired by the Richemont Group in 1997.
Today Panerai develops and crafts its movements and watches at its Neuchâtel manufacture. The latter are a seamless melding of Italian design flair and history with Swiss horological expertise. Panerai watches are sold across the world through an exclusive network of distributors and Panerai boutiques.