Recently, Italian Swiss watchmaker Panerai and German mobile company Brabus, collaborated a second time to create the Submersible S Brabus Verde Militare Edition watch, which is a recent version of the 2021 Submersible S Brabus Black Ops timepiece.
But before we go into all the “gizmos” of the new Submersible Timepiece, it will be interesting to walk you through memory lane of how the Panerai Submersible Collection came to be. So come with us as we turn back the hands of time to when it all started.
CLASSICAL HISTORY OF THE PANERAI SUBMERSIBLE COLLECTION
In 1936, Panerai was authorized by the Italian Royal Navy to produce reliable diving watches for the Italian Royal Navy frogmen. The watches had to be sturdy, easily visible even in dark environments, and capable of withstanding the deepest depths of water.
Drawing on its robust tradition of making dive watches for the Italian Navy, Panerai created the Submersible collection in 1998 from the Luminor collection.
Purpose-built to meet today’s requirements for professional divers. These timepieces embody a strong military aesthetic while incorporating modern features such a 300-meter depth rating and a low light dial, a cushion-shaped case and crown protector to protect against impacts and keep moisture away from the movement within and a rotating bezel that clicks precisely every minute as it only moves in one direction – an incredibly important feature for divers to accurately monitor their dive duration.
The Submersible Collection has since 2019 become an independent line, incorporating innovative materials such as titanium, BMG-Tech, AISI 316L stainless steel, Carbotech, and luxurious metals like red gold and bronze.
FEATURES OF THE PANERAI SUBMERSIBLE SERIES
To get a better understanding of this collection and its key models, let us take a closer look at some of the Timepieces in this series.
Panerai Bronzo Watch
First introduced in 2011, the Submersible Bronzo – aptly named because the timepiece is crafted from bronze – is an attractive take on a classic timepiece. Panerai selected this material not just because it has resistance to the corrosive elements of seawater but also acknowledges its sturdy character.
The Panerai Bronzo has a great old look that is highly appealing by acquiring a patina over time. Its dial is available in brown, olive green, or blue tones to imitate the colors of the ocean. This design is further distinguished by the addition of a 3-day power reserve feature.
Panerai released a new version in 2019 with a brown ceramic bezel and titanium caseback that exudes a more modern vibe. This limited edition model is only produced in 1,000 pieces per year, adding to the collection’s desirability and mystique.
The Automatic Titanio is one of the most adaptable Submersibles. It is made of lightweight hypoallergenic titanium, a material commonly used by the military.
Because of its lightweight titanium design, its 47mm casing fits nicely on the wrist for hours. With downward sloping lugs for a snug fit, the brushed finish of its Panerai 1950-style case provides a hefty yet sophisticated appeal. A good visibility is ensured by an illuminated dial, and a thick rubber band completes the design.
Panerai BMG-Tech™ Watch
Panerai debuted BMG-Tech™ (Bulk Metallic Glass) for its Submersible cases in 2020, which is made of copper, titanium, aluminum, zirconium and nickel. This metal glass not only protects the watch’s beauty, but is also lighter and more scratch-resistant than traditional steel. All BMG-Tech™ watches also have Carbotech bezels and blue light accents on the hands, dial, and bezel.
Now there are many other variations in the Panerai Submersible Series which we will not be able to cover in this time travel – don’t forget we are still traveling through time – and we need to hop back on the recent edition before we get stuck in space😀
The Submersible S Brabus Verde Militare Edition Timepiece
In January 2023, inspired by the Brabus Marine Shadow range of stealthy green powerboats, Panerai and Brabus co-produced the Submersible S Brabus Verde Militare Edition in a limited edition of 200 pieces.
This 47mm case is crafted from Carbotech, a composite material which is lighter than steel or titanium and also resistant to damage.
Developed by Panerai initially for horology, it is ideal for modern explorers in extreme environments. The hands, rehaut, crown, AM/PM indicator and small seconds sub-dial are accented in green to pay tribute to the Marine Shadow collection.
Additionally, the BRABUS logo is featured on both the movement lever as well as loop. This watch is powered by the Caliber P. 4001/S, which was inspired by Panerai’s pioneering P.4000 caliber made in Neuchâtel. The novel P. 4001/S is an automatic and skeletonized version with a three-day power reserve visible at the back of the casing.
Because there is no obscured date disc, the skeletonized movement is plainly visible; it can be viewed through a window at 3 o’clock thanks to its patented polarized display function. The bridges and plates are designed to be as minimalistic as possible to emphasize the internal mechanisms of the timepiece and keep its weight low.
An outer rotating bezel is used to measure immersion time and GMT, while the singular off-centered oscillating weight provides two-way winding (in addition to two different spring barrels). The stop balance wheel and seconds reset mechanism makes it possible for the watch to be adjusted to a reference time signal. Furthermore, this watch is water-resistant up to 30 bar (~ 300 meters).
Panerai is one of the world’s most innovative watchmakers in the world and the S Brabus Militare Edition has further cemented their spot in the world of luxury timepieces.