Panerai’s relationship with professional adventurer and explorer Mike Horn spans nearly two decades and encompasses several special-edition watches, most recently 2019’s Submersible Mike Horn Limited Edition – 47mm, which ushered in the relaunch of the Submersible collection as a new pillar of the Panerai brand. The latest Panerai timepiece paying tribute to Horn, which dropped this week, also hails from the Submersible family and features a high complication in striking blue-and-black livery. Here’s a look at the Submersible Chrono Flyback Mike Horn Edition.
The watch uses lightweight yet highly resistant brushed titanium for its 47-mm case, which incorporates a unidirectional rotating dive-scale bezel made of matte-black ceramic and features Panerai’s patented bridge device to secure the screw-locked crown. The dark blue dial, with its luminous applied hour markers, contrasts splendidly with the bright yellow and white central chronograph hands. The color combo, avid Paneristi may recall, is reminiscent of a previous Mike Horn model, 2016’s Luminor Submersible 1950 Pole 2 Pole Limited Edition.
Panerai’s in-house Caliber P.9100 beats behind the solid, screwed titanium caseback engraved with Mike Horn’s signature. The automatic movement uses a vertical clutch and a column wheel to drive its chronograph functions, including the flyback feature that allows the stopwatch to reset and restart with a simple press of the pusher at 8 o’clock. It stores a three-day (72-hour) power reserve in two series-connected spring barrels and includes a seconds-reset device, a bidirectional rotor, and a variable inertia balance oscillating at 28,800 vph.
The watch, which is water-resistant to 300 meters, is delivered with two straps, one an accordion-style blue rubber bracelet, the other a bimaterial UPCamo version composed of rubber and camouflage fabric and inspired by the uniforms of the Italian Navy (Panerai’s first wristwatch client in the 1930s). The straps can be easily swapped with an included tool and a screwdriver to remove the titanium pin buckle. The Panerai Submersible Chrono Flyback Mike Horn Edition (Ref. PAM01291) is packaged with its accessories in an environmentally friendly box made of recycled plastic, limited to 500 pieces, and priced at $20,500.