15 Year ago English enthusiast Guy Verbist launched This has been the place where the most loyal and passionate admirers of Officine Panerai shared their comments, ideas and experiences. A new special edition watch pays tribute to the community and celebrates this important anniversary.

Passion. There is no better term to define the link between Officine Panerai and its most loyal collectors and clients, who for 15 years have found in the online community the ideal place for sharing comments, ideas and experiences. Experiences associated with acquiring a new Panerai watch, but also more general topics relating to the joys and sorrows of life and to all the moments which the Paneristi want to share with their virtual family.

Launched in September 2000 by the English enthusiast Guy Verbist, the forum is managed voluntarily and it is completely independent from the Panerai brand. Each day it attracts thousands of users from all over the world, which expand to millions of engaged followers on a monthly basis. The Paneristi are spread throughout all the countries of the world but North America is the region most strongly represented within the community, followed by Europe and Asia, in particular Singapore and Hong Kong. As well as meeting every day online, the participants periodically arrange to get together for reunions and celebrate their shared passion.

Over the years, Officine Panerai has created several special models as a tribute to the loyalty and passion of the Paneristi. The Luminor Base Logo created in 2010 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the website’s founding was developed taking into account the preferences expressed by the participants in the discussion forum. Five years after the launch of that model, the Florentine luxurysports watch brand is now presenting another Special Edition celebrating this remarkable story of passion: the new Luminor Base Logo Acciaio – 44mm, which features the inscription PANERISTI.COM 15TH ANNIVERSARY engraved on the back.

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The new Luminor Base Logo is distinguished by the exemplary minimalism of its lines and its design is consistent with the details of vintage Panerai watches: the source of inspiration of every model of the brand. The Luminor case in polished AISI 316L stainless steel, 44mm in diameter, expresses solidity and strength, and it has the characteristic bridge device with locking lever to protect the winding crown, helping to ensure water-resistance to 10 bar (a depth of about 100 metres). In this particular model, the added inscription of “Paneristi” is engraved on the locking lever as a subtle but noticeable tribute to the community’s lifespan and loyalty. The black dial has the classic baton hour markers with figures at the cardinal points, and the OP logo which gives its name to the model is printed in blue at 6 o’clock. The legendary nocturnal visibility typical of every Panerai model is ensured by a special coating of Super-LumiNova® ecru, a shade of vintage inspiration which is co-ordinated with the sewing of the strap.

The new Luminor Base Logo (PAM00634) is made in an edition of only 500 units. It uses the OP I hand-wound mechanical calibre with a power reserve of 56 hours, and it is supplied with a black leather strap with contrasting sewing, easily replaceable thanks to the special system of screwed bars.

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