Following three years of joint development, watchmaker Panerai and German luxury engineering brand Brabus, have debuted the Panerai Submersible S Brabus Black Ops Edition (PAM01240). With this dive watch, Panerai has debuted its first-ever skeletonized automatic movement inspired by the design of the Brabus “Shadow Black Ops” series of boats. As the name suggests, the look of these powerful machines is military-grade luxury, only instead of gun mounts, you get lots of hand-stitched red leather and twin V8 outboard motors.
Available in a limited run of only 100 pieces, the Panerai Black Ops Edition features a patented polarized date display, allowing a view of the date indication only through the opening at 3 o’clock, without covering the mechanics of the skeletonized movement. In addition, the 47mm watch features a unidirectional rotating bezel for the calculation of immersion time, GMT function, AM/PM indicator, and a three-day power reserve whose sapphire crystal disk indicator is filled in Super-LumiNova.
The Panerai P.4001/S movement features a one-piece off-centered oscillating weight that allows for bi-directional winding, whereby the two spring barrels efficiently wind up while the watch is worn. The oscillating rotor which is made of tungsten enables the movement and therefore the watch itself to be much thinner and lighter while the stop balance wheel and seconds reset devices enable the time to be synchronized with a reference time signal. The new movement was developed starting from the P.4000 caliber and entirely designed and created at the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchatel.
As a nod to both brands’ frequent use of innovative and high-end composite materials, a modern, dark grey Carbotech watchcase was chosen. Minute, hour, and small seconds hands are accented in Brabus-red; and Brabus brand emblems are engraved on Panerai’s signature crown guard lever, the watch-strap, the movement, and the case back. Water-resistant to 300 meters, the Panerai Submersible S BRABUS Black Ops Edition features two straps, a bi-material version, and a second, Panerai Sportech strap with a velcro closure.
For another recent release by Panerai, check out its Luminor Due Collection.