Panerai Parades Military LineageWritten by Alvin Wong
Panerai, which kicked the doors open for military-inspired timepieces in the 1990s, showcased its rich pedigree with the ‘History and Legend’ exhibition. The two-week long immersive exhibition showcased rare vintage pieces, as well as exclusive artifacts and memorabilia that evoked the time in which the watches were conceived.
A replica of a 7.5m long torpedo from the 1930s set the stage for the WWII-inspired creations. Displayed alongside were instrument depth gauges and compasses from the 1930s and 1940s, as well as Panerai watches of those eras, which invited guests to join the dots between the brand’s past and modern-day creations. As much as rare historic models like the distinctively plus-sized Radiomir Egiziano from 1956 piqued the visitors, newly minted timepieces from SIHH 2015 also attracted much interest, inviting watch lovers to write the next chapter of Panerai’s storied history.
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