In its drive towards producing (and encouraging) watches more sustainably, last year Panerai released the Submersible eLAB-ID PAM1225 which was 98.6% recycled-based material by weight. Alongside this, they also introduced the use of the sustainably sourced case material eSteel™ in a Luminor Marina.
This year, they are expanding the use of eSteel™ with the introduction of the Submersible QuarantaQuattro, the first time this case material has been used in the Submersible line. Just as a reminder, eSteel™ has the same properties as conventional steel.
The case, case back, crown protection device, and the rotating bezel are all in eSteel™, with a total of 72g of the Submersible QuarantaQuattro made from recycled materials, which is 52 per cent of the total weight (137g) of the watch.
Let’s get the name out of the way first – ‘QuarantaQuattro’ is their new way of referring to the 44mm case size, and this Italian naming convention is something we will become accustomed to. You know the watch, you know the size, so how it sits on the wrist will be familiar.
The new model comes in three colour variants – Verde Smeraldo (PAM01287), Grigio Roccia (PAM01288), and Blu Profondo (PAM01289), and alongside the use of eSteel™, they also feature the debut of polished glossy colour-matched ceramic on the bezels. Of course, one of them is (quite a vivid) green.
They all have a water resistance of 300m, the crown-protecting device, and the dial colours are all gradient. One thing that you may notice is that the much talked about blue ‘e’ of the ‘eSteel™’ logo has gone, so it no longer reminds you so much of other things and is better for it.
Inside all of them is the familiar automatic P.900 movement which beats at 28,800 VPH and has a power reserve of three days.
Two straps are included, both in the same colour as their dial and bezel. One strap is made from a fabric made of recycled PET, whilst the second strap is made from recycled rubber.
Panerai’s move towards using more sustainably sourced material in its watches is something that it has said it is serious about, and with these new watches using eSteel™, there is no reason to doubt that their current trajectory is to head in this direction. Hopefully, others will too.
The Submersible QuarantaQuattro ESteel™ is priced at AUD 16,200 (including taxes)/ CHF 10,900 (including taxes).