Swiss-Italian luxury watch brand Officine Panerai is debuting one of its most exclusive diving watches ever, the Luminor Marina 44mm − Guillaume Néry Edition (PAM01122). Named after famed free diver and Panerai brand ambassador Guillaume Néry, who holds several world records, the watch celebrates the 70th anniversary of the birth of the brand's Luminor dive watch technology.
Limited to just 70 examples priced at $18,900 apiece, the titanium timepiece will be available exclusively in Panerai boutiques around the world. The watch features several unique features that distinguish it from other Luminor models.
These include a rubberized coating applied to the bezel, crown and bridge lever; and an accentuated convex glass and the dial with a dégradé effect that "emulates the shades produced as sunlight filters through the depths of the sea."
The caseback features an engraving depicting a silhouette of Néry diving along with his signature and an exclusive seal declaring that the watch is guaranteed for 70 years, reflecting both the Luminor's impressive past and it's sure to be equally notable future.
Panerai's Laboratorio di Idee used new technology in creating the timepiece including DMLS, or Direct Metal Laser Sintering, technology, which shapes titanium using a 3D printing process. It runs on the in-house Caliber P.9010 self-winding movement measuring only 6 mm thick and designed and developed entirely within the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel.
And it comes with two straps, one made from black recycled PET (thermoplastic polymer) material with white stitching and a trapezoidal pin buckle; the other a white rubber technical strap featuring unique luminescent “Officine Panerai” branding.