The history of Officine Panerai began in Florence with Giovanni Panerai opening the city's first watchmaker shop in 1860. The store was also a workshop and the first watchmaking school in the city.
Panerai had been the supplier to the Royal Italian Navy for several years when, in order to meet a military requirement, they created Radiomir, a radium-based powder that was later used in the production of luminous dials and sighting instruments. In 1916, Guido Panerai registered Radiomir as the first of many patents to mark Panerai's long history in innovation. In the wake of the Second World War, Panerai developed the prototype of the Radiomir watch, the first underwater model that was water-resistant to a depth of 200m.
With the death of Guido Panerai's son in 1956, the management of the family business, along with its position as the supplier to the Royal Italian Navy under military secrecy, was handed over to engineer Dino Zei who created the trademark "Officine Panerai." Combining Italian design and Swiss horological perfection, each year Officine Panerai reinterprets its 150-year-long passion: the creation of high precision timepieces with a strong identity rooted in distinction, aesthetics and function.
Located on the lake of Neuchâtel, a city with one of the oldest horological traditions in Switzerland, the Panerai manufacture is where high-precision and innovation meet to create exceptional watches of the highest technical standards.
In 2005, Officine Panerai began sponsoring the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the Main international circuit of regattas for classic and vintage yachts with its ambassador yacht, Eilean, always participating. Since 2011, the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has been the brand's platform for CSR initiatives aimed at providing physical and psychological relief through sailing for children and adults who are being treated for or are recovering from serious illnesses.
Since 2008, Panerai has been collaborating with the Museo Galileo in Florence, which opened a new gallery in 2012 dedicated to Galileo and the measurement of time.
Panerai has partnered with Patricia Urquiola, the famous Spanish designer based in Italy, to reinterpret the aesthetic and technical codes of the watchmaker, paying heed to its identity and timeless design.
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