Nautical watchmaker Paneria have teamed up with Brabus’ boatbuilding arm to bring us a project three years in the making, the Submersible S BRABUS Black Ops Edition.
This watch (ref. PAM01240) was inspired by Brabus’ Shadow Black Ops line of dayboats, and you can see this through Paneria’s use of Brabus’ signature gunmetal grey, black, and red colour palette.
CEO and owner of Brabus, Constantin Buschmann, directly compared the two products,
“When put side by side, the similarities in regard to design language and overall character of the Panerai Submersible and the BRABUS Marine line of dayboats are obvious and striking. Both are made to be functional and stylish tools for life in the marine environment and therefore this combination just makes sense.”
The watch is 47mm and is encased in Panerai’s Carbotech composite – a material based on carbon fibre that is used by no one else in the world of watchmaking. This composite provides amazing performance but it’s more than that. Carbotech has an uneven, matte black appearance that changes depending on the cutting, meaning that every example is unique.
The Submersible S also features Panerai’s first ever skeletonised automatic movement. This movement has been in development for three years and has resulted in a polarised date window. This feature shows the date within the aperture without the rest of the date wheel being visible within the movement.
The movement itself is Panerai’s own P.4001/s that uses a high tungsten micro-rotor and two mainspring barrels that provides a 72-hour power reserve.
Other features include 300m water resistance, unidirectional rotating bezel for dive timing, a GMT function, small seconds, and an AM/PM indicator.
The watch looks like it should be perfectly honest. It’s exactly what a collaboration between these two would look like. So in that sense it’s a resounding success but if you aren’t into the Brabus aesthetic, then it may prove a problem. It’s big and bulky and aggressive, exactly what people want from Brabus but maybe not everyone’s cup of tea. There’s no denying though that it does look good.
The Submersible S BRABUS Black Ops Edition is limited to just 100 pieces and will set you back £40,400 (approx. $76,100 AUD). It’s available via enquiry.
In other watch news, Vacheron Constantin have unveiled their newest Overseas models, the “Everest.”