This is a real event for all the Panerai community. The famous Officine has just delivered the first of its ultra-limited edition (75 examples) of the left-handed Panerai Luminor Submersible “Chronopassion” to the Paris store of the same name. A world first, since Panerai has never before produced an exclusive piece in response to a request from one of its retailers. Here at La Cote des Montres we felt we had to share the event with you. Calling all collectors!
Panerai Luminor Submersible “Chronopassion”
A truly limited edition
At a time when a number of watch-making brands have succumbed to market temptations and brought “limited editions” of up to 4,000, 5,000, or sometimes even more examples, the Panerai Luminor Submersible Chronopassion, issued in just 75 examples, can only gain in value, in our opinion and course that of collectors, by respecting the criteria of genuine exclusivity.
After months of negotiations between Panera and Laurent Picciotto (Chronopassion Paris) an exclusive series, the “Left-handed Luminor Submersible” has just appeared; a collector’s item given the name PAM00239, that Panerai did not accept to bring out purely by chance.
Worldwide, Laurent Picciotto has to be one of the brand’s distributors who best know Panerai clients, as well as being one of those to whom the brand owes its success. From 1993, when Panerai was only known through private distribution, Laurent Picciotto was one of the first to fall for the Italian Naval combat swimmers’ watch and put it on the market. Since then, he has never ceased to ensure that Panerai is advertised to a prestigious French and international clientele, and Panerai now pays homage to one of its most faithful partners, by signing for Chronopassion a leisure and pleasure watch which will thrill sports watch lovers as well as aficionados of every kind.
As well as the features common to all known Panerai Luminor Submersibles, a Luminor Submersible has been produced in a “left-handed” version for the first time, with the legendary Panerai-patented protected winding crown on the left side of the case.
Case in polished stainless steel AISI 316L Ø 44mm Lunette in satin-finish stainless steel, unidirectional anti-clockwise swivel with graduated scale to calculate immersion time, and once-per-minute release mechanism Screwed-in stainless steel back, engraved and numbered. Mechanical movement with automatic rewind, exclusive Panerai caliber OPIII Date (at 9 o’clock) Small second hand (at 3 o’clock) Water-resistant to depth of 300 meters Luminous hands
Another important detail: unlike the Luminor Submersible PAM00024, PAM00170, PAM00025, PAM00106 and PAM00199 models, equipped with round luminous indices (appliquéd or painted, depending on the model and production years), the black varnished dial of the PAM00239 is decorated with very attractive appliqued luminous “rod” indices, like those of the second generation Panerai Luminor Submersibles 1000M PAM00087.
A last detail about size: the watch is sold on the Panerai adjustable diver’s bracelet in black and yellow Velcro, that adapts to equally well to the wrist or wetsuit, giving it a fun-loving yet professional character. It also comes with a second exclusive Panerai rubber bracelet with large steel-tongued buckle (pre-Vendôme type), a magnificent adaptation in 44mm of the model originally produced for the limited edition of the Submersible 2500M 47mm PAM00194 of 2004 (Prize for Sports watch of the Geneva year 2005).
All delivered in a superb “Limited Edition” box with the Panerai certificate numbered XX/75.
Retail price tax included: 4,800 Euros Sold exclusively at Chronopassion, 271 rue Saint-Honoré - Paris 1er.
Opinion of La Cote des Montres
A collector’s item at a reasonable price, indispensable for every “Paneristi” and a watch that is designed as much for fun as for adventure.
One you simply mustn’t miss. *****
We would like to thank Laurent Picciotto (Chronopassion Paris) for their invaluable assistance in enabling us to share our passion with you.
Thierry Castagna / La Cote des Montres™ Photos Luc Virginius