Panerai and the U.S. Navy SEALs Initiate a Partnership

Founded in Florence in 1860 as a workshop, shop and subsequently school of watch-making, for many decades Panerai supplied the Italian Navy and its specialist diving corps in particular with precision instruments.

The designs developed by Panerai in that time, including the Luminor and Radiomir, were covered by the Military Secrets Act for many years and were launched on the international market only after the brand was acquired by the Richemont Group in 1997.

Today Panerai develops and crafts its movements and watches at its Neuchâtel manufacture. The latter are a seamless melding of Italian design flair and history with Swiss horological expertise. Panerai watches are sold across the world through an exclusive network of distributors and Panerai boutiques.

Creating timepieces for the Italian Navy helped solidify the brand’s connection to the sea and pioneer covert exploration. Now the legacy continues through a capsule of three watches that draw on the heritage of the United States Navy SEALs. Each reference is from the Submersible Collection, which are characterized as instruments with specialized diving features, and developed with the approval of the elite military force.

Caliber P.900/GMT animates both the Submersible Navy SEALs Carbotech Edition and Submersible Navy SEALs Edition. The self-winding movement is equipped with central hour and minute hands, a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock, the date at 3 o’clock, and a GMT display of a second time zone. Two spring barrels store energy supplying a three- day power reserve.

Submersible Navy SEALs Carbotech Edition is limited to only 162 pieces, an edition chosen to honor the founding year of the SEALs: 1962. And the words “Navy SEALs” appear on the dial to openly spotlight the collaboration. Every aspect of the watch design merges rigorously considered details that evoke the legacy of the SEALs. The case is fashioned from Carbotech, a composite material based on carbon fiber, while forged carbon composes the dial; its variegated coloration resembles the look of camouflage.

The Navy SEALs emblem is engraved on the caseback, consisting of an eagle clutching a flintlock-style pistol, a trident, and an anchor. The image appears against a stars and stripes background framed by the words United States Navy Seals.

A sophisticated watch brimming with functions for the exploits of modern heroes, the Submersible Navy SEALs Experience Edition is limited to only 20 pieces, with each purchaser receiving access to an adventure that will immerse guests in the history of the Navy SEALs and grant rare, first-hand exposure to the rigorous physical, emotional and mental demands of SEAL training. Outfitted in authentic gear, from camouflage tactical uniforms to the MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) that SEALs eat in the field, participants will travel by helicopter and amphibious vehicles to perform exercises by SEa, Land and Air, culminating in the simulation of a historical raid. The experience concludes with a luncheon at the National UDT -Navy SEAL Museum and a commencement ceremony to honor a shared expedition. Every member of the mission will confront and transcend personal limits under the guidance of some of the world’s most tenacious warriors, along with a Panerai instrument created to withstand the most challenging environments imaginable

Being always committed to remaining at the forefront of new technology in manufacture and beyond, Panerai has partnered with Skygolpe, a widely acclaimed multidisciplinary Italian artist and visionary creative in the digital sphere, who will create NFT artworks to be delivered to clients as part of their purchase of the Submersible Navy SEALs Experience Edition.

Not only will the NFT unlock information tailored to each client’s excursion, but it will also unlock benefits, such as priority access to future initiatives, special services and events, on a rolling basis long after the experience ends. Acquiring a Submersible Navy SEALs Experience Edition will be the beginning of an adventure that won’t end but only evolve with time.


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