, Panerai Unveils Submersible Chono Flyback Watches In Collaboration With Jimmy Chin, The Nzuchi News Forbes

Panerai Unveils Submersible Chono Flyback Watches In Collaboration With Jimmy Chin

, Panerai Unveils Submersible Chono Flyback Watches In Collaboration With Jimmy Chin, The Nzuchi News Forbes

Officine Panerai, the Swiss watch brand with rich Italian roots, is a master at leading the way when it comes to adventure watches. This brand has been crafting dive watches and sport watches for nearly a century and has even supplied certain  armed forces with underwater watches for decades.  A few years ago, the brand launched an exciting new aspect with specific watches: adventure experiences.  As Panerai partnered with adventurers and explorers around the world, it began offering limited-edition watches to collectors that came with a paired “experience.”  The most recent: Jimmy Chin.

Mountaineer, alpinist climber, photographer and film maker, adventurer Jimmy Chin lives life on the edge – literally. He has climbed extreme mountains (including Everest, the summit of which he also skied off of), survived multiple avalanches and won an Academy Award (for co-directing the documentary Free Solo).  The multi-talented explorer is a Panerai brand ambassador and recently helped design a watch in his name. 

The Panerai Submersible Chrono Flyback Jimmy Chin Xperience edition watch was created in a limited edition of just 14 pieces and was sold with an accompanying multi-day event in his hometown of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. There, proud owners of the watch spent a couple of days climbing the Grand Tetons with Chin, learning to wake surf in Jackson lake, and experiencing Chin’s favorite restaurants. Panerai has had several similar experiences with its different ambassadors and their special timepieces over the past year or so, but this was the first event to be held in America. 

The Xperience watch is a light weight 47mm titanium piece with black matte DLC coating. The crown, lever and bezel are in titanium for nice contrast. The hands are filled with white Super-LumiNova and the dial is a shaded charcoal gray with blue accents. The case back features an etching of a dramatic  mountainous landscape with intersecting skis and a United States flag. It also features the Jimmy Chin inscription. It retailed for $43,200.

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Since only 14 watches were made that included the experience, Panerai also created a special limited-edition Submersible Chrono Flyback Jimmy Chin edition watch that is  available for sale. Both watches share most features, but the X watch is distinguished by its darker dial. The Panerai Submersible Chrono Flyback Jimmy Chin edition is also a 47mm titanium cased piece that is being produced in a limited edition of just 100 pieces and is being sold exclusively in the United States. Both watches are powered by the P.9100 automatic movement with flyback chronograph function that enables the watch to reset and restart timing events with a single press of the pusher.  The 302-part caliber is fitted with high-tech balance wheel and an Incabloc anti-shock device. 

The watch features the same caseback etching as the 14-piece edition and is water resistant to 300 meters. The strap is made of rubber and technical fabric, and it is also sold with a separate strap made of recycled plastic.  It is sold with a tool to change the straps. The case of the 100-piece edition is not DLC coated and is brushed titanium with rotating bezel. The dial on this watch, though, is a pale gray – also with blue accents.  So, if you didn’t get in on the first 14 specialty pieces with the adventure experience, you may still be able to get a Jimmy Chin inspired Panerai. Each of the 100 pieces retails for $19,400.

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