Last year there was a major focus on using sustainable material to produce watches and straps. The main example of this came in the form of Panerai’s “eLAB-ID” which was mostly made of recycled materials. Now they’ve returned to this concept by releasing the new “Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel” models with a trio of color dials to choose from.The 44mm case is made of eSteel, which consists of 52% recycled materials, while the rest is newly sourced steel. Panerai claims that the percentage of recycled materials is calculated by the weight of the watch. So if the watches total weight is 137 grams, 72 of those grams come from recycled materials. But in essence eSteel has the same properties as regular stainless-steel.On the flip-side we encounter a screw-on dodecagonal-shaped case back, which has been engraved with Panerai’s iconic diver figure, as well as technical details. Quick mention: “QuarantaQuattro” is Italian for “forty-four”, which is a nod to the case size of these models.Mounted to the case is an unidirectional rotating eSteel bezel with a ceramic insert that matches the color of each model's dial and strap. These ceramic bezels all have a gradient and polished finish, which is a new touch for Panerai, since we can’t recall seeing it before now. It also comes equipped with Panerai’s iconic crown protector with the movable latch lock lever, which has been engraved with the “eSteel” reference. All models feature a rubberized crown that reinforces their commitment to eco-friendly materials. The wide and stubby lugs also give more room for this sustainable alloy to shine, while also providing a comfortable wrist fit. All topped by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating that assists with water-resistance reaching up to 300 meters (1000 feet).Time is exhibited in either a dark blue, green, or gray dial with dotted hour index markers and rectangular round edged hour index markers for the 6 and 12 o’clock positions. Plus is a sub-seconds at the 9 o’clock and a date window at the 3 o’clock position. All these dials have a similar polished gradient finish, as seen on the bezel. Overall these new releases are very similar to previous models in this collection. To make them stand-out and highlight their unique alloy, Panerai has added the “eSteel” designation on the lower-half of the dial.The eSteel semi-hollow central hour and minute hands, plus all the hour index markers have been fitted with a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Officine Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel
The “Officine Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel” (References below) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber P.900 with 23 jewels, 12.5 lignes and 28,800 vph. It is based on Panerai’s OP XXXIV movement. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 72 hours, when fully wound.These watches all come with two straps which are both made of recycled materials. So the user can opt to use a recycled PET or recycled rubber strap, which are both secured by eSteel pin buckles. They also come with a storage box made out of similar 100% recycled materials. For more up to date information visit the official Officine Panerai website here.
MSRP: $11,300.00 USD
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