In recent years, Panerai has sailed in calmer waters sponsoring classic yacht events and was in charge of the restoration of the beautiful Bermudian ketch Eilean, which flies the Italo-Swiss brand’s flag in classic yacht regattas around the world. Moving into the high-tech arena of the America’s World Cup, where avant-garde solutions and extreme athleticism are fundamental, makes sense for a brand like Panerai, with its remarkable history of producing high-tech luminous instruments for Italy’s underwater naval commandos.
As the official partner of the 35th America’s Cup, Oracle Team USA and Softbank Japan, Panerai has produced not one but five replica watches to mark this high-visibility collaboration. All the watches are from the Luminor family, Panerai’s professional dive watch of 1950, with the hallmark crown-protecting bridge and lever to ensure maximum water-resistance. Three models are dedicated to skipper Jimmy Spithill’s Oracle Team USA with sophisticated mechanical flyback chronographs housed in either a ceramic or titanium case and a Luminor Marina model with a beefy power reserve of eight days.
Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback watch
As the official partner of Oracle Team USA, Panerai has produced three omega replica watches to mark this high-visibility collaboration, including these two Luminor Marina flyback chronographs in ceramic and titanium (￡12,400 and ￡14,450 respectively).Omega and Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ).
A partner of the New Zealand team since 1995, Omega is backing the Kiwis, who “are hell-bent on getting their hands on the Auld Mug”. Each member of ETNZ has been kitted out with Omega’s new Speedmaster X-33 Regatta, one of the few replica watches associated with the America’s Cup that will actually be worn during the race. A hybrid display of analogue and digital functions with a quartz movement, the X-33 features a vital regatta countdown function marked by a series of alarms with differentiated ringing sequences.
Speedmaster X-33 Regatta Emirates Team New Zealand Chronograph watch
Omega replica watches has equipped each member of Emirates Team New Zealand with this new Speedmaster X-33 Regatta, one of the few watches that will actually be worn during the race (￡3,920).
A second watch, the Seamaster Planet Ocean ETNZ “Deep Black”, below, embraces the patriotic blue and red of New Zealand’s flag and comes in a black ceramic case and bezel with blue and red rubber marking to highlight the pre-race 15-minute countdown. In addition to its race-ready look, the watch has a practical GMT function, is water-resistant to 600 metres and comes with Omega’s non plus ultra Master Chronometer certification.