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While SIHH celebrates its 25th year as “the pulse of the watchmaking profession,” its participating maisons are bringing to the table the sort of advanced horology befitting of such an anniversary.

Panerai is just one of the watchmakers to reveal a special edition group of 2015 “novelties,” all of which happen to be inspired by the company’s history with the sea. One model, created for the deck officers of the Royal Italian Navy circa World War II, is a particular standout. Coined “Mare Nostrum” (Latin for “our sea”), the technically accurate chronograph is a riff on a 1943 prototype, no doubt safely tucked away in the archives for moments like this. Although there is an even earlier version of the watch — made in 1924 — that was most likely the first-ever Panerai chronograph, neither blueprints or a prototype survived.

The 2015 Mare Nostrum has an exclusive-to-the-house OP XXV calibre manually-wound movement, hidden inside the screw-fastening titanium back that dutifully shields the interior. Similarly, the case and bezel are constructed of brushed titanium while the brown watch face boasts illuminating Arabic numerals along with hour markers and second and minute counters. The timepiece also boasts an anti-shock device, and in homage to its nautical roots, it is water resistant up to 30 meters. Completing the updated model are dark brown calf leather straps from Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy. It’s a subdued touch that nicely ties together the color story.

Only 150 units of the Panerai Mare Nostrum will be made. Visit Panerai to find your nearest point of sale.

Words by Stephanie Smith-Strickland
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