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  • Panerai Submersible Bronzo PAM 968

    01 Metal health

    Bronze is back in a big way.

    Bronze is one of the reasons luxury watches get to see the light of day, rather than the insides of a winder or safe. The modest alloy has become an increasingly popular material in watchmaking, with buyers enjoying how exposure to air gives bronze cases a beautiful patina over time that varies with individual use.

    Since the first Bronzo debuted in 2011, Panerai has occasionally released bronze models over the years, but always in limited editions. That changed this year with the introduction of the Submersible Bronzo PAM 968. Not only is it readily available to everyone (who can afford it), it has the most bronze ever seen on a Panerai. Thanks to a case measuring a hulking 47mm wide and a chunky crown-locking mechanism, you get 161 grams of bronze on your wrist. Complementing all that metal are a black ceramic bezel insert, brown dial and honey-coloured lume.

    Living up to the Submersible name, the watch is water-resistant to a depth of 300m, so the self-winding P.9010 movement will be safe on even the most extreme diving trips, and will continue to run for 72 hours on its own. The caseback is made from titanium, in consideration for those who might be allergic to bronze, and comes with an exhibition window for a clear view of the calibre. A thousand pieces will be made every year, so less die-hard collectors need not worry about missing out.

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