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As we near the end of 2018, the horology market begins to get glimpses of what to expect at the upcoming SIHH 2019. Today we’ll take a look at the first of several Panerai novelties we can expect to see in anticipation of the grand Swiss horology fair. A true diver’s watch inspired and built to honor the French free-diving record-breaking champion, Guillaume Néry.

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In their press release Panerai states that this watch is intended for “serious divers”. For those purposes they have this watch water-resistant up to 300 meters and equipped it with a unidirectional bezel that allows to calculate dive times, ascent times and surface recovery intervals. Although recording these time lapses would require the pushers to be useable underwater, which their screw-down collars render impractical. But as Guillaume Néry would say: “The dive is a journey to the very limits of human’s possibility, a journey into the unknown. But it’s also, and above all, an inner journey, where a number of things happens.”

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The 47mm case is made of titanium which for such a hefty watch proves to be a wise choice, given the light-weight yet reliable , durable, anti-corrosive properties of this superb alloy. Its solid caseback has been engraved with a silhouette of a diver, the ocean ceiling above him and a group of fish. The signature of Guillaume Néry has also been etched on this flipside, offering a proper homage to the inspiration behind this timepiece. At the bottom of the shadowy diver we can read “126m”, which refers to his latest breathtaking record of reaching a depth of 126 meters with only one breath.

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Mounted to the case is a unidirectional rotating bezel in titanium with an applied blue ceramic disc, which features a partially engraved 60-minute diving scale and a blue luminous marker. It comes equipped with two push-pieces that features screw-down collars, which further guarantee the proper water-tightness to descend towards a new abyss. These pushers operate the aforementioned flyback complication. Also featured on this timepiece a setting-crown tucked away behind the iconic patented Panerai crown guard with the extending safety latch. Al topped by a sapphire crystal formed of corundum, which also assists with water-resistance on this watch being able to reach up to 300 meters (984 feet).

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Time is exhibited on a shark gray dial with round hour index markers, followed by small white printed minute index markers. There is an overall textured finish dial that provides a unique touch to this diver watch. The central chronograph has been made blue to stand out from the greyish background.

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It also features two sub-dials: a 12-hour counter at the 3 o’clock position and a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock position. The hour index markers, sub-seconds dial and central hour hand have all undergone a green luminescent coating, while the central minute has a blue luminescence; for an enhanced legibility.

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Panerai Luminor Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition

This “Officine Panerai Luminor Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition” (Ref#: PAM 982) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber P.9100 with 37 jewels, 13¾ lignes, 302 components and 28,800 Vph. It comes equipped with a Glucydur® balance and Incabloc® anti-shock device.  Power reserve on this watch can last up to

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Mounted to the watch is a caoutchouc accordean dark blue rubber strap, secured to the wrist by a trapezoidal brushed titanium pin buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Panerai website here.

MSRP: $21,500.00 USD

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Written by Mauro Az