Deconstructed Watch: Panerai Submersible S Brabus Blue Shadow Edition
Fans of hot Mercedes-Benz cars know the name Brabus, the tuning house founded in 1977 by then 22-year-old Bodo Buschmann, who turned it into a multimillion-dollar international business.
Buschmann died in 2018, but not before experimenting with applying Brabus customization methods to boats after buying an 11.3-metre Axopar a few years earlier and having it upgraded by his engineers to improve its performance and improve its appearance.
The project led to a joint venture with Axopar and now Brabus Marine offers a range of regular production and limited edition dayboats with stealth looks and performance levels in line with those of its cars.
Since Buschmann’s death, Brabus has been led by his son Constantin who, aware that the end of the road is near for new internal combustion road vehicles, is steadily diversifying the company’s portfolio.
With that in mind, Brabus recently unveiled new 300hp and 900hp boats, a €40,000 KTM-based Brabus motorcycle and, through a collaboration with Panerai, what should be an ongoing range of Brabus Marine-inspired watches. .
The one shown here is called the Submersible S Brabus Blue Shadow edition and was first shown alongside the new Brabus Marine Blue Shadow boat at the Palma yacht show in April.
Limited to 200 pieces and with a price tag of £40,600, it features a 47mm 3D-printed titanium case and a unidirectional bezel in Panerai’s carbon fiber Carbotech.
Decoration is supported by blue and gray dial detailing and a combination of blue SuperLuminova highlights for the minute hand and “12” indicator and green for the remaining hour markers.
The most intriguing aspect of the watch, however, is its patented date display which takes the form of a laser-etched glass plate topped with a polarized lens that magically avoids revealing unwanted parts of the disc. of date or to hide the functioning of the skeleton. operations.
Composed of 341 parts, the in-house P.4001/S automatic movement features a tungsten winding rotor, two spring barrels, a GMT function and a power reserve indicator visible through the sapphire case back.
Panerai’s patented crown locking lever (also made from Carbotech) helps ensure water resistance up to 300 meters, at the end of which the watch is fitted with a practical hybrid leather and rubber strap.