In its continued quest to bring innovative materials from the world of high-end boating into its portfolio of watches – particularly in its most marine collection, the Submersible – Panerai has partnered with Brabus, a German engineering company that customizes automobiles and other high-performance vehicles. One of these vehicles, the “Black Ops” luxury boat line, provides the model for the first collaborative watch, the Submersible S Brabus Black Ops Edition. The “S” in the model name signifies its main topic of discussion: it is the first Panerai watch equipped with a skeletonized automatic movement.
The watch, a limited edition of just 100 pieces, was developed for three years, according to Panerai, and among its notable features is a patented, polarized date display at 3 o’clock, which allows the date disc to be viewed through a opening without hiding the mechanics of the openwork movement behind it. The 47mm case is made of Carbotech, a robust composite material that Panerai has used in watch cases since 2015 (more on that here), and includes the unidirectional ratchet bezel with diving scale and patented crown protection. Safety Lock. characteristic device of the Submersible family of timepieces.
The dark gray color of the case and the red details of the dial work together to recreate the iconic Brabus color scheme: bronze gray, black and red. The characteristic red color of the German firm is used to accentuate the hour, minute and small second hand as well as the GMT hand pointer. The skeletonized dial of the watch accommodates the small seconds on a sub-dial at 9 o’clock which also has an AM / PM indicator, a useful feature when traveling and using the GMT hand to keep track of the time of the day. residence. The gray Super-LumiNova covers the tips of the hands and the circular indexes. In the absence of a traditional dial, Panerai has screen-printed the text “Panerai Submersible” on the front sapphire crystal.
The movement inside the waterproof case to 300 meters is the new Caliber P.4001 / S, based on the existing Caliber P.4000 and fully developed and built at Panerai manufacturing in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. An off-center oscillating weight, in high density tungsten and engraved with an Officine Panerai logo, bidirectionally winds the mainspring, which stores a long three-day power reserve in two barrels. In a new design twist, Panerai added a power reserve indicator to the back, rather than the dial side, of the skeletonized caliber. The sapphire disc used for this display is highlighted with Super-LumiNova for easy visibility behind the sapphire display case back. Like many Panerai manufacture movements, the P.4001 / S caliber includes a balance stop device to easily reset the seconds to a reference signal.
The Panerai Submersible S Brabus Black Ops Edition (PAM01240) comes with two straps, one bi-material with gray fabric, tone-on-tone stitching, and a titanium trapezoidal pin buckle covered with DLC; the other, a Panerai Sportech strap with a Velcro closure. A special tool is included to easily switch between straps, as well as a screwdriver to remove the buckle. The first timepiece resulting from the partnership between Panerai and Brabus, described by the first as “a testament to the roots of the two brands in technology and craftsmanship”, is sold for 45,000 euros.