Officine Panerai, together with luxury watch retailer Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, presented its new family of in-house movements, the P.9000 series, at an exclusive exhibition at the Opera Gallery, DIFC on October 26th.
With a passion for creating high precision timepieces admired by watch connoisseurs and enthusiasts the world over, the one day exhibition was the ideal platform for Panerai to showcase and preview these special movements, which were first unveiled at the 2009 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH).
The P.9000 collection is a series of new movements designed and made entirely in-house and reflect Panerai’s innovation and technical mastery in developing and creating models and movements which are increasingly functional and reliable.
Speaking about the special exhibit, Mr. Angelo Bonati, CEO, Officine Panerai, said, “This is a very important moment for us and a significant milestone for the brand. Our first in-house movement was developed in 2002 and since then we have continued to build on this segment; therefore the P.9000 series is a further extension of our long term strategic plan to grow as a technical watch brand. There are few watchmakers that can claim they have successfully developed and produced eight of its own calibres within a period of seven years.”
The Dubai exhibition will showcase the collection of in-house movements developed by the brand, including the P2002, P.2003, P.2004, P.2005, alongside the P.9000 family.
Commenting on the P.9000 launch in Dubai, Mr. Mohammed Abdul Magied Seddiqi, VP Sales & Retail, said: “Panerai watches are revered by watch collectors across the world for their technical innovation, design and craftsmanship. It is these trademarks that appeal to our customers seeking high end quality timepieces. The P.9000 collection complements the existing portfolio of masterpieces that we offer through our retail outlets.”
With the development of the P.9000, P.9001 and P.9002, Officine Panerai - originally a supplier of highly specialised watches to the Royal Italian Navy - made its name as one of the few international high-end watch makers which design the majority of their watch movement components in-house.
The new movements: general specifications
The new P.9000 calibre is available in three versions – P.9000, P.9001, P.9002 – fitted with different functions, but they have in common automatic winding with a power reserve of 3 days and a special technical design which makes these movements immediately recognisable.
The new P.9000 calibre has a diameter of 13 ¾ lignes and is fitted with two barrels which ensure a power reserve of 72 hours; the single-piece rotor winds in both directions thanks to an automatic ratchet device; the balance wheel with adjustment screws, oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz; the stop balance wheel device enables the time to be synchronised with a reference time signal.
To house these new movements, a specially-made version of the Luminor 1950 case from the Manifattura Collection has been designed, keeping the proportions of the original but holding a slightly less convex sapphire crystal which only barely protrudes from the bezel.
The calibre P.9000
The calibre P.9000, with 195 components, is used in the Luminor 1950 Marina models and the Luminor 1950 Submersible.
The two Luminor 1950 Marina time pieces - PAM00312 and PAM00328, have a 44mm diameter steel case and are characterised by a black sandwich dial and a small seconds dial at 9, like the historic models. Water-resistant in depths of up to 300 metres, the first two models have an alligator strap, or the new metal bracelet, which has brushed asymmetric links rounded lengthways as well as across, but with polished points of contact.
The latest version of the Luminor Submersible (PAM00305), thanks to the new movement, joins the Manifattura Collection for the very first time. With a 47 mm diameter titanium case, it’s a professional underwater model, watertight in depths of up to 300 metres. Distinctive features, in addition to its size, include a particularly large bezel with stud and relief markers, as well as a dial with wide baton hands - a design taking inspiration from the details of historic dials. It comes complete with a natural rubber strap
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