The watchmaking brand and the famous Swiss – South african explorer are renewing their historic partnership with the Pole2Pole project: Circumnavigating the globe passing through the two poles. On the explorer’s wrist will be the new special edition created by Panerai: The Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Titanio – 47mm.
DECEMBER 2016 – A new chapter in the story of the collaboration between the Swiss – South African explorer Mike Horn and Officine Panerai is about to begin: the high quality sports watchmaking brand will be a partner of the Pole2Pole expedition, the two-year project of circumnavigating the globe through land and sea, passing through the two poles. This announcement is being made on the eve of Mike’s departure from Cape Town, South Africa, for the South Pole, and it confirms the long-term partnership between Mike Horn and Officine Panerai, which has already sponsored many of the most remarkable enterprises of the famous explorer: Arktos (2002-2004), the North Pole Winter Expedition (2006) and Pangaea (2008-2012).
Pangaea is the yacht which has already taken Mike to every corner of the globe during the expedition of the same name, and he will be sailing it on all the sea journeys which will alternate with challenging land-bound sections exploring some of the most fascinating, remote and unspoiled areas of the planet.
Pole2Pole is Mike Horn’s culminating expedition, which more than any previous one is the incarnation of his values and philosophy, of everything he has learned in the course of decades of experience of living in harmony with our planet. A record of exploration that is unequalled has enabled Mike to bring to maturity a philosophy based on three fundamental pillars: adventure, environment and sharing. Mike’s mission is to inspire people to enjoy their own personal adventures without fear of leaving their own comfort zone, to understand the laws which rule the planet in which we live, and to publicise the need to protect this extraordinary environment at a time when the dangers threatening nature are extremely serious and alarmingly current.
The partnership between Mike Horn and Officine Panerai is based on the sharing of all these values, on the common passion for the sea and on the awareness of how important it is to defend our planet. Officine Panerai has created a remarkable travelling companion for Mike, an instrument which will be able to accompany him on the most difficult challenges while always ensuring maximum reliability: the new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Titanio – 47mm, a Special Edition of only 500 examples,
tested to survive any possible environmental situation in which Mike may find himself in the course of the expedition.
Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Titanio – 47mm
The new watch created by Officine PAnerai for Mike Horn includes a wide range of technical solutions making it the perfect instrument for facing the most extreme situations.
The new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Titanio is strong and reliable, and it is equipped with functions which are vital not only for an exceptional explorer like Mike Horn but also for any traveller or lover of nature.
Water-resistant to a depth of 300 metres and with a rotating bezel for measuring the time of immersion, the new Special Edition (500 examples) created by the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel is also extremely tough thanks to its solid case (47 mm in diameter) made of brushed titanium, an extremely tough, hypoallergenic material which is very much lighter than steel. The P.9001 automatic movement has functions which are invaluable for any traveller: the date, a long power reserve – a good 72 hours – and the GMT function, with a central hand indicating the time at home when one is abroad.
The dedication to Mike Horn is clearly evident on both the front and the back of the watch. On the midnight blue dial, with applied hour marker dots coated with Super-LumiNova®, the sports character of the watch is enhanced by the inscription POLE2POLE, printed in yellow and matching the second time zone hand and the small seconds dial at 9 o’clock.
Engraved on the back are the logo of the expedition – which consists of two animals symbolising the two poles, the polar bear and the penguin – and Mike Horn’s signature.
Hidden behind the minimalist midnight blue dial is the automatic P.9001 movement, entirely designed and created in the Officine Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. With a diameter of 13¾ lignes, 29 jewels, variable inertia balance and Incabloc® shock protection, the movement is notable for the precision of its construction and for the two spring barrels, which are constantly wound in both directions by an oscillating rotor, providing a power reserve of three days. The movement also has the GMT function, displaying home time with a central hand, and a convenient system for adjusting the hour hand, which can be moved forwards or backwards in jumps of exactly one hour, at the same time modifying the date display accordingly.
The new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Titanio (PAM00719) is supplied with a black rubber strap, fastened by a large trapezoid-shaped buckle in brushed titanium.