There’s something – and perhaps it’s the way the watches echo the burnished metal hue of old-school deep-sea divers’ helmets – that is very (corporate cliché alert) ‘on brand’ about Panerai’s Bronzo portfolio. And, the Panerai Submersible Bronzo – which has just been added to the Italian brand’s core collection, having rapidly garnered iconic status in horological circles following its original creation in 2011 – is perhaps the most striking of them all.
Featuring a 47mm case and a sandblasted brown ceramic disc, applied to a rotating bezel, the piece comes with a brown leather strap as well as a second strap in military green rubber. Water-resistant to a depth of 300 metres, its indications are clearly visible even in complete darkness. The watch’s beating heart is a P.9010 Manufacture calibre with a power reserve of three days, and is wound by a bidirectional oscillating weight that sits proudly visible behind a sapphire glass porthole on the back.
A good thing to consider, when assessing the worth of a luxury item, is how well you can expect it to age: expect this piece, as it takes on an elegant patina over the years.