Defined by an almost industrial look with a grid-style baseplate and boldly minimalist finishes, Panerai’s hand-wound, openworked watches have little in common with the typically ornate aesthetic of other skeletonised haute-horlogerie models, but that’s exactly why we like them. However, because Panerai usually reserves the openworked treatment for complex timepieces with tourbillons, or astronomy and chiming complications, its skeleton watches typically come with eye-watering six-digit price tags.
(See also: The Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope)
Now, it introduces its most accessibly priced (relatively speaking, of course) skeleton timepiece to date, featuring a self-winding skeletonised movement. The Submersible S Brabus Black Ops Edition (PAM1240) is Panerai’s collaborative debut with German luxury engineering brand Brabus, which specialises in customising high-performance vehicles. Priced at S$66,200, the dive watch is linked to Brabus’ Black Ops luxury dayboats by its palette (grey, black and red) and its maritime background.