Just when you thought it was safe to stop lusting over chunky Italian divers, just when you thought you were ready for something a little more sensible in terms of wrist attire; Panerai releases this big beauty!

Panerai has just unveiled something a little bit special for SIHH 2019, a new professional Submersible dive watch endowed with all those design traits that diving Paneristi will surely find irresistible.

And Panerai’s muse for the new Submersible Chrono, French freediving champion, Guillaume Néry who is world-famous for his free-diving records as well as his sublime underwater images and videos.

Introducing the Submersible Chronograph Guillaume Néry Edition AKA PAM00982. With 300 meters of water-resistance and equipped with a Titanium diver’s bezel that just happens to have a rather lovely matte blue ceramic inlay; it is equipped for all disciplines of diving, snorkeling, scuba, desk-diving and most certainly free-diving.

As a testament to Guillaume Néry’s achievements in the latter, the case-back is engraved with his signature along with an image that recalls his latest breathtaking record; depth of 126m which he reached on a single breath!

It does take your breath away, doesn’t it? Panerai is usually pretty adept at conveying a real sense utility in their Submersibles but this one is just perfect IMO.

The dial has been designed to be exceptionally readable in all conditions of light and darkness, thanks to a combination of white and blue luminescent indices that stand out very well against the grey background.

The watch’s 47mm Titanium case has also been equipped with Panerai’s iconic articulated diver’s strap in a blue that perfectly matches with the blue of the ceramic bezel.

Powering the new Sub Chrono is an automatic caliber P.9100 3-day power reserve. The movement was entirely developed in Panerai’s high-end watchmaking Manufacture in Neuchâtel, the Laboratorio di Idee.

Thoughts? You know I love it, but how about you? Is 47mm a little too far off-trend? I guess if you actually wore it for diving, it’s a good size.

This post was originally published on oceanictime