Since the Vendôme Group (now RICHEMONT) took over Panerai Officine in 1997, the Italian brand has been launching the special editions of its timepieces every year. Starting with the limited re-edition of the first Radiomir from 1938 (Radiomir 47 Platinum watch with Rolex mechanism), through its special editions, Panerai presented an extraordinary combination of the brand’s past and the newest trends in watchmaking.
Panerai put the accent on materials, often using the most luxurious and the strongest pieces, such as yellow, white or rose gold, platinum, titanium, as well as bronze and ceramic (composite), in the 2011 edition.
In 2000, Panerai launched the Special Edition of Luminor Submersible 1000 M, a professional diving watch that could withstand the depth of 1,000 meters (3,300 feet). Besides diving models, very popular members of these special editions are yachting timepieces. (Look for Panerai Radiomir Regatta 1/8th Second Titanio.)
Since it revealed the first in-house movement, back in 2005, Panerai has always selected its greatest technological achievement to be presented through a Special Edition. For example, new Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo 47 mm watch is powered by in-house automatic Panerai P.9000 calibre which has two barrels that provide the power reserve of 72 hours.