Cover Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel

Over 52 per cent of the watch's weight comprises recycled materials, in a sign of things to come

Panerai made waves in 2021 by unveiling two timepieces showcasing its commitment to sustainability. The limited-edition eLAB-ID concept watch was produced with recycled materials amounting to 98.6 per cent of its weight, and presented the brand’s vision of what a manufacture can achieve in the sustainable production of timepieces. The Luminor Marina eSteel, on the other hand, showed that even timepieces in series production can adopt the same practices, with 58.4 per cent of its mass comprising components made from recycled materials.

The conversation continues this year at Watches & Wonders 2022 with Panerai’s release of the Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel.

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According to Panerai, a manufacture’s capabilities are no longer judged solely on classic criteria like its movements’ technical sophistication or finishing standards. Instead, the ecological impact of a manufacture’s activities have also become a point of interest. To that end, the brand is developing its operations with an eye on sustainability, from using recycled materials in production to reducing waste, and even relying on renewable sources for all of its manufacturing processes.

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The new Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel is the latest result of Panerai’s efforts in this area. Like last year’s Luminor Marina eSteel, its key feature is its usage of eSteel, a recycled alloy that’s physically and chemically identical to conventional steel. Here, the material makes up 52 per cent of the watch’s weight, which again represents a significant positive impact on the timepiece’s environmental footprint. What’s more, each Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel will be delivered with two straps: one composed of recycled PET, and the other in recycled rubber.

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In terms of design, the timepiece marks the first wave of Submersible models now offered in 44mm cases (“QuarantaQuattro” is 44 in Italian). The signature elements that define every Submersible timepiece remain here, of course, including the crown protection device—engraved here with “eSteel”—and the rotating dive bezel.

What’s new this time is the usage of polished ceramic; in a first for the brand, the bezel insert is rendered in ceramic that’s been polished into a high gloss finish. This is mirrored by the dial, which sports the same finish that’s further enhanced by a colour gradient that deepens from 12 o’clock to six o’clock.

The Submersible QuarantaQuattro eSteel is offered in three colourways of blue, grey, and green, all of which are in drab hues that imbue the references with a more technical vibe. These timepieces will be available exclusively at Panerai boutiques and online at the brand’s website.

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