Panerai once again moves forward in the modern age more assertively than most other watchmakers. The Italian brand recently released a limited-edition Radiomir simultaneously with an NFT, and last year introduced its sustainably-sourced material eSteel, made from 95% recycled steel, evolving the historic steel timepieces that were once made for the Italian Navy.
At this year’s Watches and Wonders in Geneva, Panerai not only integrated eSteel into its Submersible collection, but also introduced a new 44mm case size to the line dubbed the QuarantaQuattro. With the 47mm and 42mm options already available, Panerai gives wearers an additional option if they prefer a more intermediate fit. Available in several variants, including the baseline black dial with steel case, the lightweight Carbotech Blu Abisso, the white-dialed Bianco, and the Luna Rossa limited edition, the QuarantaQuattro still retains the Submersible’s signature specs such as 300m water resistance, a unidirectional bezel, the P.900 automatic caliber movement, and a small-seconds subdial.
The eSteel is also available, exclusively among Submersibles (for now), in the QuarantaQuattro, with several color palettes at launch: deep blue, gray, and green. The dial and bezel are made to match the watches’ respective straps, which are interchangeable and come in two sustainable options: recycled PET or recycled rubber. The bezel itself uses a glossy, brushed ceramic material — the first of its kind by Panerai.
Panerai first introduced the Submersible watch in 1950, nearly a century after the company was first founded in Florence. History has proven that the Italian watchmaker isn’t afraid to evolve and change according to what’s perfect for the moment, whether or not that moment is made to last over the long haul. The QuarantaQuattro, eSteel or otherwise, adds to Panerai’s extensive selection of Submersible timepieces and is available online starting at $9,600.