In order to safeguard the highest standards of creation, Officine Panerai started its new factory in Neuchâtel in 2014, at the heart of the Swiss area with one of the best horological traditions in the world, a much larger structure with better resources than the last Manufacture which started way back in 2002.
A totally new building with over 10,000 square metres of space with about 250 people doing their amazing work. This new place brings together all the best operations and engineering ability needed to make a watch of top quality and it is the setting for the technical and ingenious spirit of the brand to be best shown, made better by the centuries of Swiss history in watchmaking game.
Once it began to create watches, Panerai has used the term “Laboratorio di Idee” to display its dedication to the continuing quest for top technical ideas that will push the level and beauty of its watches. The word “laboratorio” is from the Latin term sparking the ability of the Panerai family. From the Tuscan city of Florence, they did not just create the very first horological workshop in the city in 1860, but who also made a family activity into a forward looking brand able to create top and great products that have been made into icons in the long story of watchmaking.
The Laboratorio di Idee is above all shown in the Research & Development Department where all the knowledgeable projects are made and perfected by the abilities of the craftsmen and engineers who add to the knowledge and perfection of design needed by the top specifications in the area. These 50 highly skilled workers perform tasks linked to the design department, still based in Italy. This takes inspiration from the stories of the company’s past, therefore making sure that every new creation here falls in line with the unmistakable Panerai aesthetic.
In putting together Panerai watches, total accuracy and a high level of technicality are necessary. The best type of this is to be found in the brand’s Atelier Haute Horlogerie, the area of the factory where the best of all Master Watchmakers are able to see the most complex, esteemed calibres to existence.
The stage of creating and changing the movements is extremely vital in ensuring the peak level of accuracy of the timepiece. It is carried out by hand and, in terms of the most complex calibres, it takes the top skills of a Master Watchmaker using only the tools of the Atelier Haute Horlogerie. Indeed, this area of the Panerai Manufacture is home to the creation of top movements that are created with the most amazing, complex complications. Here, everything is created and tweaked by hand.
All in all, the Panerai Special Editions range has the name’s basic principles of quality, dedication and innovation at its heart. Mixing classical concepts of looks with engineering beauty of the highest order, Panerai Special Editions are some of the most stunning watches on the globe. When it comes to the Panerai Special Editions family, watch lovers across the world always stay true to this most loved and respected of collections due to its super high levels of quality and design.