Officine Panerai yesterday unveiled two special edition watches that pay tribute to Bahrain’s capital Manama.
The watches were presented at the Jewellery Arabia exhibition, where Official Panerai has a stand at the Asia Jeweller booth.
The show, which opened yesterday at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre (BIECC), runs until November 22.
Both of the watches are personalised with the same engraving on the back of the dial, showing the World Trade Center towers in Manama, which are the first skyscrapers in the world to integrate wind turbines into their design, and have won several awards for sustainability.
Limited to 50 pieces, the first special edition (PAM00547) is a 44-mm Luminor Marina with a case in polished steel and the bridge protecting the crown in brushed steel.
The watch has a classic Panerai black dial, with its elegantly simple alternation of hour makers and figures coated with a special ecru Super-LumiNova. The decoration consists simply of the words Luminor Marina and Panerai with a picture of a slow-speed torpedo, the vessel on which the frogmen of the Royal Italian Navy carried out their historic missions in the 1940s wearing the first Panerai watches on their wrists.
The hour and minute hands, like the small seconds hand at 9 o’clock, are coated with the same luminous substance, thus combining maximum visibility with a vintage look, which is also pointed up by the strap of antiqued leather. The movement is the hand-wound calibre OP II.
The second watch (PAM00556), limited to just 10 pieces, is a 47-mm Radiomir 10 Days GMT with an elegant cushion case in polished steel.
All the elements on the black sandwich dial, as well as the hands, are in ecru Super-LumiNova: the figures, the linear indication of the 10-day power reserve, the small seconds dials at 9 o’clock, the calendar and the inscription Radiomir Panerai.
The strap is of vintage leather and the movement is the automatic calibre P.2003, created entirely within the Officine Panerai manufacture at Neuchâtel.
The two watches are part of a series of special editions created by Officine Panerai for the clients of some of the Panerai boutiques throughout the world.
They will be sold exclusively at the new Panerai boutique located at Moda Mall in Manama.
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