Officine Panerai, meaning Panerai Workshops, can trace its origins back to 1860, when Giovanni Panerai opened his first watch shop in Florence selling Swiss timepieces. Subsequently, Guido Panerai took over the business and the company diversified into manufacturing high precision instruments for the Royal Italian Navy whilst still retaining its retail premises.
Over the years, Officine Panerai has launched many different models with some offering the convenience of self-winding movements. In addition, it has gone on to produce its own in-house movements. Further choice has been conferred with a variety of different case materials and even complicated watches such as tourbillons. However, irrespective of the model offered, the design language respectfully pays tribute to the early Radiomir and Luminor models.
Today, Officine Panerai offers high quality stylish Swiss-Italian watches remaining true to the company’s history. These models are often categorised as the “Historic Collection”, “Contemporary Collection” and “Specialities” and offer good value for money with good residual values.
Once every year at SIHH (Salon International De La Haute Horlogerie Genève), Officine Panerai reveals its new models to the assembled press and trade. During this event, several “Specialities”and “Special Editions”are revealed. Typically, demand has far outstripped supply and these models have subsequently been difficult to source and those which do become available often commanded premium prices. At Blowers we have earned a reputation for procuring these difficult to obtain models and offering them at competitive prices.