Be part of Italy’s Special Forces with Panerai

Apple has finished job of placing dive watches within the information just lately.

Its new Apple Watch Extremely – a rugged XXL mannequin aimed toward taking a chew out of the Garmin outside sports activities market – additionally occurs to be a full-on dive laptop. It comes geared up with a mess of dive features together with calculations of backside time, monitoring of ascent time and a reworked compass app. Licensed to the worldwide commonplace for diving equipment, additionally it is obtainable with the choice of a wetsuit-ready strap, referred to as an Ocean Band – lest you’d missed the memo.

‘Seems to be powerful. As a result of it’s’ says Apple’s web site.

Effectively, to a degree.

As a result of now alongside comes Panerai to remind you simply how powerful a dive watch may be. Panerai has a head-start on Apple by virtually 90 years. Its popularity because the don of great, hefty dive watches rests on its early affiliation with the Italian Navy. Worn solely by the Italian frogman power ‘Gamma’ and for a very long time topic to army secrecy, the primary Panerai Radiomir was designed to face up to “the hardest of the powerful”.

The alliance continues to at the present time, with the corporate producing watches for, and impressed by, Forze Speciali – Italy’s particular forces – whose main missions embrace raids on aeronautical compounds and fight search-and-rescue.

“Creating devices to function fashionable heroes, leaders whose adrenaline-fuelled exploits awaken the creativeness is the elemental purpose Panerai exists”, in accordance with the model.

To that finish, it has introduced two new fashions – the Panerai Submersible Forze Speciali Expertise Version and the Submersible Forze Speciali.


These usually are not watches for the faint of coronary heart, or the thin of wrist. Each characteristic 47mm instances in DLC-coated titanium and unidirectional rotating ceramic bezels. The indexes on the dials are crammed with stable SuperLuminova to present most glow in marine darkness. And the 2 sub-dials, a small seconds at 3 o’clock and a chronograph at 9 o’clock, are in “a bull’s eye formation harking back to a marksman’s goal”. You get the thought.

The chronograph has a flyback perform, which means it may be reset and restarted with a press of the pusher at 8 o’clock. There’s additionally a ‘Time To Goal’ countdown so you possibly can see the time elapse to a delegated rendezvous. Each watches are waterproof to 300 meters.



The camo-styled Submersible Forze Speciali Expertise Version is available in a restricted run of fifty and the promise of a ‘cash can’t purchase’ expertise. Every comes with an invite to hitch Italian Special Forces troops in a sequence of workout routines, with an emphasis on placing the watch by its paces.

The Forze Speciali is just not fairly as restricted – 300 might be launched annually, beginning with 2022. The blue stylings of the case and strap are matched by a caseback partaking of a Marina Militare frogman, a callback to the place all of it started.

Maybe evaluating Apple with Panerai is like evaluating apples with oranges.

However we all know who’d win in a struggle.

The Forze Speciali is £25,500, the Forze Speciali Expertise Version is £47,500;