Officine Panerai pays tribute to Kuwait by unveiling two Special Edition Models sold exclusively at Panerai Boutique in Al Hamra Mall. Both the watches are personalised with the same engraving on the back case, showing the iconic Al Hamra Tower.
The first Special Edition dedicated to Kuwait (PAM00457), of which 30 units have been made, is a Luminor Marina – 44 mm 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 Special Edition dedicated to Kuwait (PAM00488), of which only 10 units have been made, is a Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Oro Rosa – 44 mm, with the case and the bridge protecting the crown in brushed pink gold and the bezel in polished pink gold. All the elements on the brown sandwich dial are coated with ecru Super-LumiNova®: the figures, the linear indication of the 10-day power reserve, the small seconds dial which also carries the am/pm indication, the calendar and the inscription “Luminor Panerai GMT”. The hour and minute hands also have the same coating, as does the arrow pointer of the hand which indicates the time in the second time zone. The strap is of dark brown alligator 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.