Diving Deep into Panerai's 2022 Novelties
With an impressive list of novelties coming out of the gate, Panerai have had a strong showing at this year’s Watches and Wonders as the famed Italian brand continues their streak of forging new innovative materials, pushing environmentalism, and giving their customers what they want. Carrying on with their trend of recent years, Panerai have singled out one model to act as their primary focus of the year, with the Submersible taking the limelight this year. So, without further ado, let’s explore what they have brought to the table.
The Submersible QuarantaQuattro
Originally only offered in only 47mm and 42mm, the Submersible is now available in Panerai’s most traditional diameter, as its new name suggests – 44mm. Available in a range of different configurations, the new Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro has several dial variants, and is offered in three case materials – Carbotech, stainless steel, and e-Steel.
Easily the most out-of-the-box model, the Submersible QuarantaQuattro Carbotech Blu Abisso (PAM01232) sports a stunning aquamarine blue dial with contrasting hands and indices and features a case made of Panerai’s in-house composite material Carbotech. Based on carbon fiber, Carbotech is lighter than titanium and yet scratch-resistant like ceramic. This is achieved by the unique manufacturing process whereby the carbon fibers align themselves randomly so that each case is unique.
As the Submersible QuarantaQuattro Carbotech Blu Abisso is the only of the three new variants offered in Carbotech, the other two variants are both offered in stainless steel. The first of these two models is the Submersible QuarantaQuattro Bianco (PAM01226), with a bright white dial with white applied indices and hands that sport dark black borders to contrast the dial beneath.
Completing the trio is the 44mm Submersible QuarantaQuattro (PAM01229) which is also constructed from stainless steel. Unlike its steel sibling, it sports a black dial, but instead of using a monochromatic aesthetic, it utilizes a contrasting design with blue accents and silver hands and indices with white appliqués.
A wonderfully capable timepiece, each of the three new 44mm Submersible variants is rated to 300m of water resistance and is powered by Panerai’s capable automatic cal. P.900 movement with 72 hours of power reserve. Offered on rubber or fabric straps, these will be strap monsters indeed, just like every other Panerai on the market.
The Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel
Of course, given that Panerai has made strides to pioneer the use of recycled materials in watchmaking, it would be strange for them to stop their practice of innovation and commitment to sustainability. So they have launched a Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel. Joining the ranks of several e-Steel Luminors, Panerai have launched three 44mm Submersible QuarantaQuattro models made of the material. Made of 52% recycled materials, it is quite a step forward for the famously wasteful industry that is watchmaking.
Across the three new Submersible QuarantaQuattro variants, Panerai have opted for a brand-first polished ceramic bezel available in either black, green, or blue to match the grey, green or deep blue dials that accompany these new models. In addition, Panerai have also rubberized the winding crowns of these three models with the same color rubber as the ceramic used in the bezels of each model. Featuring a slight gradient effect on their dials, a date window at 3 o’clock, and Panerai’s iconic aesthetic throughout, these three models are certainly going to go down well with collectors. Offered on fabric straps made of recycled PET or a rubber strap, Panerai are also remaining consistent throughout the design of these wonderful watches.
The Submersible QuarantaQuattro LunaRossa
Finally, the last new variant of the Submersible QuarantaQuattro is the Luna Rossa PAM01391 variant – a continuation of Panerai’s partnership with the Italian sailing team. However, unlike in previous years, the Submersible QuarantaQuattro LunaRossa is not all black. Instead, the new 44mm stainless steel timepiece features a blue, white, and red color scheme.
Featuring a stunning sunburst navy blue dial with a red seconds hand, a blue strap with red accents and white luminescent material and inscriptions – which includes “Luna Rossa” at 6 o’clock and a rather undecorated caseback, unlike previous Luna Rossa models, this latest addition to the family is somewhat understated. With a bezel designed to track dive time, the Submersible QuarantaQuattro Luna Rossa remains entirely wearable, useable, and wholly utilitarian; it just so happens to be stunning too. While we might be biased, we would love to see this on one of our red Horus Straps for Panerai to help bring attention to the subtle use of red on its dial.