Innovation, a fine tradition in technical mastery and an ongoing commitment to the development of new models and movements which are increasingly functional and reliable: the 2009 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva marks an important turning point for Officine Panerai as it presents the new movements designed and made entirely in-house. It’s the range of movements P.9000, whose three new calibres join the existing four.
With the development of the P.9000, P.9001 and P.9002, Officine Panerai – originally a supplier of highly specialised watches to the Royal Italian Navy – made its name as one of the few international high-end watch makers which design the majority of their watch movement components in-house.
This is an undertaking which Officine Panerai has completed in an incredibly short time. Few other watchmakers have succeeded in developing and making no fewer than eight of its own calibres – P.2002, P.2003, P.2004, P.2005, P.2006, P.9000, P.9001 and P.9002 – fully operational and available in just seven years, with the design for the first calibre dating back to 2002.
The new movements: general specifications
The new P.9000 calibre is available in three versions – P.9000, P.9001, P.9002 – fitted with different functions, but they have in common automatic winding with a power reserve of 3 days and a special technical design which makes these movements immediately recognisable.
The new P.9000 calibre has a diameter of 13 ¾ lignes and is fitted with two barrels which ensure a power reserve of 72 hours; the single-piece rotor winds in both directions thanks to an automatic ratchet device; the balance wheel with adjustment screws, oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz; the stop balance wheel device enables the time to be synchronised with a reference time signal.
To house these new movements, a specially-made version of the Luminor 1950 case from the Manifattura Collection has been designed, keeping the proportions of the original but holding a slightly less convex sapphire crystal which only barely protrudes from the bezel.