Panerai luxury Swiss watches have a long history with the Royal Italian Navy, producing watches that are built to withstand extreme conditions and also provide great visibility through their luminous substances Radiomir and Luminor. These watches are built with precision and attention to detail.


Panerai Malaysia, watches that are of Italian design and Swiss technology

Panerai - or Officine Panerai in full - is a private Italian manufacturer of luxury Swiss watches that is also a subsidiary of Compagnie Financière Richemont S.A.. Panerai also designs their luxury watches in-house. The sales of their luxury watches are through middlemen such as authorized dealers and company-owned boutiques worldwide.

The History of Panerai

The beginning of Panerai goes back all the way to the 19th century. Giovanni Panerai founded Panerai in Florence, Italy in 1860 by opening his watchmaking shop. Being in the watch industry until 1900, Panerai was then under the leadership of Guido Panerai, grandson of Giovanni Panerai. Under the lead of Guido, Panerai became the official supplier to watches and precision instruments o the Royal Italian Navy, the Regia Marina.

By 1916, Panerai crated the Radiomir, a radium-based powder that gave a luminous glow to their precision instruments and devices. This powder substance would become a very important element in producing many of Panerai's instruments and watches as its high visibility is highly regarded. This substance was placed into the first ever famous Radiomir watch prototype on the eve of the Second World War; it was purposed for the commandos for the First Submarine Group Command of the Royal Italian Navy. The Radiomir today and the past shares many of the prototype's features: large steel case, luminous numerals, hand-wound mechanical movement, and water resistant strap.

Panerai has had a very long standing relationship with the army when it comes to timepieces. Like their Radiomir, which was first released for the Italian Navy. Later revisions of the model would undergo even more specific requirements set by the Navy, to be able to withstand underwater in extreme conditions longer. Panerai watches are all made to be very tough and to withstand extreme conditions - or as today's terms go, the watches are all mil-spec (military specifications).

Panerai also made its first in-house time movement in 2005: the P.2002. IT is a hand-wound caliber with GMT function along with an eight-day power reserve. The making of their in-house movement would then also kickstart their innovation for further movement models along their growth. All their in-house movements are placed into their collection of time pieces.

Panerai Malaysia's Radiomir watches

The Radiomir watch has had a very long history that lead up to what it is today. As the history of Radiomir pretty much made up the growth of Panerai, it is no wonder that it is their most famous line of watches. Apart from the prototype Radiomir, the actual production of the watches actually took place two years later after the prototype. To fit in all the features of the prototype, Panerai had to make a number of changes and produced a new Radiomir model. Another improvement was also done to improve underwater visibility of the numbering on the watchface by including only four numerals at the four cardinal points and a series of indices to complete it.

Today the Radiomir timepiece is available in two different collections, namely the Radiomir, which follows the Prototype's styling; and the Radiomir 1940, which follows the updated features from the Prototype mode. Both Radiomir collections present watches with two different sizes: 45mm and 47mm.

Special editions of the Radiomir Watches:

  • Radiomir 1940 10 Days GMT AUtomatic Oro Rosso: a special edition of beauty in simplicity. The simple-design watch case which houses their in-house P.2003 movement is made of red gold. The entire watch was made and designed to reflect the pure and original design of Panerai of the 1930s.
  • Lo Scienzato - Radiomir 1940 Tourbillon GMT Oro Rosso is one of the watches which Panerai has made to pay tribute to the works of Galileo Galilei who revolutionized the history of time measurement by his celestial observations. This watch's skeletal look which showcases the P.2005/S in-house movement makes this otherwise static looking Swiss watch come to life. Only 30 units of this watch was ever made.

Panerai Malaysia's Luminor watches

After the Radiomir substance that gave the Panerai Radiomir watches its luminous glow, a second luminous substance was made, called the Luminor. This new substance also paved the way for Panerai to create a new watch that would act as a successor of sorts to the ever famous Radiomir watch. Following the end of the Second World War, Panerai continued its research on developing the Luminor with a very iconic crown that protects the bridge of the watch, along with wire lugs made from the same block of steel as the rest of the watch.

There are several notable Panerai Luminor watches that were made to be very unique:

  • The Panerai Luminor watches that were made to pay respects to Galileo Galilei of his first celestial observations:
  • L'Astronomo
  • Jupiterium clock, a planetary clock with shows the positions in the celestrial sphere of the Sun, Moon, and Jupiter with the Galilean Moons (Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto) which were observed for the first time by Galileo Galilei in 1610.
  • The Panerai Bronze Watch, or by its full name: the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Bronzo. The first time Panerai has ever used an element that is best described to have ripened with old age. The aged-look of the bronze body of the Luminor Bronzo is a look that is unachievable through other means except through time. The bronze material was also chosen because of its use and impression that is closely related to the sea world.

Materials of Panerai Malaysia's Swiss watches

Panerai luxury Swiss watches are made of Panerai's choice of stainless steel which is resistant to corrosion and hypoallergenic, suitable for skin contact. The original Panerai watches were made of austenitic stainless steel alloy, but today Panerai uses a low-carbon variant of the alloy. This lower carbon content of the steel improves its welding qualities for better durability and manufacturing processes. This is turn with their style of forming the watch's wire lugs from the same block of steel or element as the watch's body makes the entire case very sturdy and durable.

Panerai Malaysia's luxury watches for you

Luxury watches never come cheap, but for good reason. Handcrafted, precision manufacturing, minute meticulous details, natural beauty, select materials and elements - all these make up amazing timepieces from Panerai Malaysia