Most of us live day to day in a very ordinary way and for the most part it’s very pleasant. But there are some people who can’t settle for ordinary. They push their bodies and their minds to the edge of what is possible and accomplish extraordinary feats of design, science or physical prowess. And when they do, it’s worth celebrating. That’s what the Panerai Luminor Marina Guillaume Néry Edition is, a celebration of achievement.
It’s the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Luminor substance, which lends its name to the crown-protected collection, a landmark moment in Panerai’s history as it launched them to the forefront of dive watch innovation. Luminor is a patented tritium-based substance that has luminescent properties ideal for the low-light world of the deep waters. The collection has become a mainstay of the brand, a stylish set of dive watches that aren’t obnoxiously sporty and retain that Florentine flair Panerai is famous for.
The design of the limited anniversary edition is inspired by world champion free-diver Guillaume Néry, with both the decorative packaging and the caseback itself featuring his silhouette and signature. Both the watch and the man are boundary pushers, so it’s a combination that makes sense; after all, it’s worked excellently before with the Submersible Chrono Edition.
The Luminor Marina special edition is primarily a black timepiece, which looks classy, but more than that, every decision about the style has a practical reasoning behind it. It’s black because a rubberised coating has been applied to the bezel, crown and bridge lever, making underwater adjustments easier. Similarly, the convex glass, required for legibility, accentuates the pattern of the dial, which fades sleekly from a lighter centre to a dark outer ring echoing the phenomenon of sunlight underwater.
The other aspect that goes hand in hand with high-end watchmaking and the oceans is sustainability. The packaging and PET strap are both made from recycled materials and Panerai are so committed to reducing waste that they believe this could well be the only watch you will ever need. A bold claim they’re willing to back up with a 70-year warranty on the limited run, enough to last a lifetime.
As you’d expect from a long-running collection, the technical aspects are as solid inside as the design on the surface. The mechanical, self-winding, P.9010 calibre movement has a three day power reserve and the entire watch is water resistant to 300m, which is over twice the depth Guillaume Néry can free dive to!
It you want to be part of celebrating both the heritage of a landmark watch and the extraordinary achievements of world record holder and back-to-back world champion Guillaume Néry, you can get your hands on one of the 70 pieces from select Panerai boutiques worldwide for £17,100. Or, you know, admire it from afar, that works too.
Price & Specs:
Model: Panerai Luminor Marina Guillaume Néry Edition
Case/Dial: 44mm diameter, sandblasted DMLS titanium, black dial with dégradé effect, sandwich structure with Arabic numerals and indexes in white Super-LumiNovaTM with green luminescence
Water resistance: 300m (30 bar)
Movement: Calibre P.9010, automatic, 31 jewels
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 72h (3 days)
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Strap: Recycled PET, black with white stitching and trapezoidal pin buckle in titanium with DLC coating with additional white rubber strap with luminescent “Officine Panerai” personalisation
Price/Availability: £17,100, limited to 70 pieces
More details at Panerai.