Blast From The Past

Panerai’s History and Legend exhibition traced the brand’s military heritage with watches from as far back as the 1930s

From 26 August to 6 September, Panerai held its History and Legend exhibition at Ion Orchard, where its sole boutique in Singapore is based. A project over eight months in the making, the exhibition showcased several timepieces, instruments, and prototypes that the manufacture produced from the 1930s to the 1950s. These early pieces contain many design and functional elements that are still seen in Panerai watches today, and offer a glimpse into how the manufacture’s offerings have evolved over the years.

A highlight of the exhibition was the life-size prototype of a human torpedo known as the Siluro a Lenta Corsa (SLC). Frogmen would use the SLC as a weapons delivery platform in World War 2 by riding it underwater to enemy ships with explosives in tow. The exhibit underscored Panerai’s military heritage, and was a treat for the history buffs among the visitors.
Historical models aside, novelties from 2015’s SIHH were also on display, including the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio (PAM615). 

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