Original photography commissioned for the volume highlights the unique technical aspects of Panerai designs, with special sections devoted to the precision instruments invented for the Italian navy, and to international collectors such as Sylvester Stallone, who recognized the watch as a design classic. Yet Panerai continues to perfect and expand its technical prowess: Mike Horn wore a Panerai Arktos, designed especially for him, while making the first-ever solo circumnavigation of the Arctic Circle from 1999 to 2000. An extensively researched catalogue of the firms collections and archives provides a unique resource for collectors and watch specialists.
Simon de Burton is a watch specialist and frequently contributes articles on antiques and collectibles to The Financial Times. He authored The New Motorcycle Yearbook series.Giampiero Negretti is a watch expert and editor-in-chief of the Italian newspaper Il Giornale. He has written several books on Panerai including Legendary Watches and Panerai Historia: From the Depths of the Sea. He has co-authored books on other luxury timepieces including Patek Philippe, Piaget Watches and Wonders Since 1874, Masters of Time, Longines Watches, and Le Temps du Cartier.