Panerai Ferrari watches belong to the Florence-born company’s Classic series of timepieces. For several years during the early 2000s, the watchmaker who now creates its exceptionally beautiful wristwatches in Neuchatel, Switzerland, embarked upon a collaborative journey with the iconic luxury car manufacturer, producing a number of racing inspired timepieces.
Panerai has around 160 years of experience in developing precision timekeeping tools and has dedicated these years to handing time-honored manufacturing methods down the line from one generation to another. Panerai Ferrari watches are geared towards those with a passion for car racing as well as those with a keen interest in luxury wristwatches. The timepieces sport a speed-infused aesthetic achieved by combining textural finishes and a unique blend of materials with vibrant colors.
The birth of the special watch collection resulted in the evolution of the Ferrari fashion line. The collaborative collection was divided into sub-categories; the Granturismo, the Scuderia, and three Special Edition timepieces. Adding to the desirability and the appeal of these racing car inspired-timepieces is the fact that each one is produced in limited quantities.
The relationship between watchmakers and carmakers is not an uncommon one, however there are some manufacturers that do it better than others. The Ferrari and Panerai relationship blends a respect for high-performance cars and high-end watchmaking, fused with a distinct Italian design. The Ferrari series of Panerai watches has become a trendsetting collection since it began in 2005, and despite the fact that the partnership only lasted a handful of years, the series entwined the artwork of top designers with the skill and know-how of the prestigious watch manufacturer perfectly.
Together Ferrari and Panerai created a stylish line of timepieces that delivered huge wrist presence alongside a number of practical features. The two icons combine a shared Italian philosophy for excellence, technical precision, and expert craftsmanship.
The luxury timepieces belonging to the Panerai Ferrari sub-collection sport the car manufacturer’s lettering across their dials, along with the words; “Engineered by Officine Panerai”. The family is home to a number of stainless steel and gold models powered by precision automatic movements. A selection of brightly colored dials display the time via three hands, along with complications that range from a perpetual calendar to a flyback chronograph.
The Panerai Ferrari collection has become a series of timepieces associated with designs that make a real statement on the wrist. Stylish and bold, these watches incorporate some of the latest sports features and have been equipped with complications that represent some of the company’s proudest innovations within the horological world to date. The famous prancing stallion emblem associated with the iconic luxury car manufacturer is located at the 12 o’clock location on each Panerai Ferrari dial.
With an Arabic numeral hour track and a unique arrangement on the dial which mirrors the speedometer of a Ferrari racing car, the Panerai Ferrari sub-collection is home to a number of racing-inspired wristwatches that are perfect for the adventurer and the sports lover. A COSC-certified engine built into the core of each timepiece from this collection drives the hands around the dial with impeccable dedication, while the instantly-recognizable cushion shaped case makes the watches from this series immediately identifiable as Panerai creations.
Models from the Granturismo sub-division of the Ferrari collection tap into new realms of cutting-edge technology with their speed-saturated designs. The Panerai Ferrari Rattrapante FER00005 model features a steel cushion-shaped case and flashes of crimson (Ferrari’s favorite color) against a dramatic black dial. Its speedometer design is equipped to assist with tasks on the racetrack while retaining a stylized look on the wrist whether paired with casual or smart attire. Allowing the wearer to measure the average speed of racing cars is a tachymeter scale located around the periphery of the dial. The split-seconds chronograph can enable the wearer to time two simultaneous events by activating the pushers located at the bottom left hand corner of the case.
Similarly, designs like the Panerai Ferrari Granturismo GMT model feature a steel cushioned case surfaced with sapphire crystal glass and a bezel that has been decorated with Ferrari art, along with two crowns – the upper crown to allow for the setting of the hour - and the lower crown for setting the alarm and winding the watch. The Ferrari Granturismo GMT watch is backed with a sapphire crystal glass lens for exhibiting the peerless performance of an internally fitted engine, secured at the heart of the watch – one of Panerai’s in-house developed movements. The Panerai automatic OP XII caliber Is also integrated with patented anti-shock technology to assist with improved performance.
Just like the Granturismo collection, the Panerai Ferrari Scuderia line is associated with elegance, power, and sportiness. The distinct designs feature highly legible dials that enable the wearer to reference the time quickly and efficiently, hence Panerai’s choice to adorn some of their dials with sporty, vibrant colors against dramatic black backdrops. With straps that resemble the contours of the sporty Ferrari car seats in high quality leather, comfort is also a key focus in the design of this very special line of Panerai watches.
The Panerai Ferrari Scuderia Rattrapante watch successfully cross-references details of a Ferrari engine with the meticulous craftsmanship associated with high-end watchmaking. Injections of yellow are seen in the Ferrari emblem, the chronograph counter hands, and the central seconds hand. A tachymeter scale is provided around the periphery of the dial, enabling effortless computing of speed based on travel time or measuring distance based on speed.
Panerai launched three special edition watches alongside the Granturismo and Scuderia sub-categories. The Panerai Ferrari Special Edition 2007 Perpetual Calendar is crafted from Panerai’s 18k pink gold and features a personalized engraving of the Ferrari 60th anniversary logo on its caseback. Collectors sharing a love for Panerai’s legible and powerful-looking sports watches will appreciate the manufacturer’s choice to equip this timepiece with a black square grid dial featuring the Ferrari logo and prancing horse emblem at 12 o’clock. Additional sub-counters populate the dial at 9, 6 and 3 o’clock, offering small seconds, the date, and the month with an annual calendar respectively.
When choosing a Panerai Ferrari watch, always ensure that the timepiece has undergone a full and thorough inspection of functionality, accuracy and condition. Additionally, buying from a trusted and reputable dealer that can guarantee the authenticity of the timepiece is just as important as the watch itself. To meet our strict standards in quality, all Panerai Ferrari watches available here at Bob’s watches have been subject to a full quality test and a lifetime authenticity guarantee.