Officine Panerai watches are widely regarded as being some of the best luxury watches on the market. The company was founded in Florence, Italy, in 1860. Guido Panerai began to develop many different innovations that made his luxury timepieces some of the best in Europe. The company became a leading supplier to the Royal Italian Navy in the World War II era. Some of the technology used in the watch movement has become patented. Today, the brand is known both for being a quality luxury brand and for having a high collectors' value. Many luxury watch owners consider the brand to be the best in its class.
Some of the most popular watches in the Officine Panerai collection are based on the company's historical watches. This brings buyers the authentic look of the historical watches, with today's technology. These include the Luminor, which features hand-wound movement. The caseback allows this movement to be easily seen. The case is made of titanium or steel for exceptional durability, and the watches are water-resistant in up to 400 meters of water. These watches are exceptionally versatile, since they can be used for sporting purposes, as well as for dress occasions.
The luxury timepieces used in the company's Contemporary collection offer outstanding water resistance, and also have maximum battery power. Some of the watches in this collection feature power reserves ranging from 42 to 56 hours. Steel and titanium are used on most, although one model, the Luminor Marina Gold uses 18K gold. This watch is a limited-edition piece, and one of the things that stands out about the piece is the gold's slight pinkish shade. Many of the watches in the Contemporary collection are styled after the more popular historical models.
Also found in the Officine Panerai collection are special edition watches. These include several designs that are released each year. Only a limited number of these watches are available, and many timepiece collectors covet these for their private collections. Many older special edition models from previous years are also available, in limited quantities. These watches have a high collectors' value, and make excellent additions to any collection.
These watches are most well known in the luxury timepieces industry because of their special features. One of the most popular watches in the Ferrari series features a perpetual calendar. A 2011 model features a 3-day power reserve. These watches are comfortable and versatile, with the quality that would be expected of a fine luxury brand.