Panerai Unveils the New Submersible Luna Rossa PAM01579 during Milan Design Week 2024

Inspired by America's Cup, one of the toughest sailing competitions in the world, the new watch comes drenched in the Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli team colours
Panerai Unveils the New Submersible Luna Rossa PAM01579 during Milan Design Week 2024
April 24, 2024
Panerai Unveils the New Submersible Luna Rossa PAM01579 during Milan Design Week 2024

Panerai's heritage is inextricably linked to the sea and this includes its involvement with the sailing competition, America's Cup. The watchmaker became the official timekeeper of the America's Cup in 2017. That same year, Panerai and Team Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli of the America’s Cup formed a partnership, with the watchmaker lending its support to the team while also creating watches, inspired by sailing technology, that personify the sport. The Submersible Luna Rossa (PAM01579), with its white dial, is the most recent addition to this collection of America’s Cup-inspired watches that was unveiled at the just concluded Milan Design Week 2024. This launch comes right after Panerai showcasing its Submersible novelties at the recently concluded Watches and Wonders 2024. 

The America's Cup is regarded as the pinnacle of world yacht racing. It began in 1851 when the schooner 'America' crossed the Atlantic from New York to compete against the best of the British fleet in speed trials. This year, the Louis Vuitton 37th America's Cup will be held from October 12 to October 21. The four semi-finalists will be determined over two Round Robin stages, with the first elimination taking place after the second Round Robin. The winning boat in the Round Robin stage chooses their opponent. After the semi-finals, two challengers compete for the famous Louis Vuitton Cup. The victorious team receives not only a trophy but also the privilege to fight Emirates Team New Zealand in the Louis Vuitton 37th America's Cup.

Dedicated to the racing competition, the new Submersible Luna Rossa comes in a 42 mm, stainless steel case, with a white matte dial. The signature crown with protection is at 3 o’clock and the unidirectional rotating steel bezel has a black matte ceramic disc. The dial is created through a process wherein it is first pressed to obtain a grainy effect and then finished with a white varnish lacquer. 

The watch face gets luminous dot and baton hour markers, along with a date window at 3 o’clock with black numeral and a small seconds subdial at 9 o’clock. The enlarged hour and minute hands are treated with Super-LumiNova®, and the small red second hand completes the piece’s colour scheme that is inspired by the Luna Rossa, the training boat of the sailing team. 

The watch is powered by the automatic P.900 movement, renowned for its reliability and three-day power reserve. The energy that is necessary to accumulate a power reserve is delivered by a bidirectional oscillating weight and stored in a single barrel. Its balance wheel, oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour, is securely fixed in position by a balance cock. 

The calibre is equipped with a stop-second function that enables precise time setting. Turning the watch over showcases the stainless steel screwed caseback and the engraved image of a Slow Speed Torpedo, the notorious “pig” on which the commandos of the Italian Navy sailed through the depths of the sea on their missions, while wearing instruments made by Panerai, in the 1940s. Finishing the watch is a bi-material rubber and grey textile strap, with Luna Rossa red stripe and a trapezoidal AISI stainless steel pin buckle.

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