With ties to Swiss watchmakers, this Florentine business has
been around since 1860, and became a watchmaker not just of
precision instruments, but ones that no doubt saved many lives.
Known for supplying groundbreaking optical and naval instruments
for the Italian Ministry of Defense and then the Royal Italian
Navy, Officine Panerai moved into the civilian market in the 1930s,
and today has four major series of watches: Historic, Contemporary,
Manifattura, and Special Editions. The house's most iconic designs
are the chunky Luminor diving watch with a unique flip-over crown
locking system and the more elegant cushion-shaped Radiomir with a
screw-in crown. Both inspired by the original military designs. Now
though, the company has entered a level of rarity by producing
limited editions pieces, the must-have when one rarely can.