Living within the pages of history is probably the best way to become unforgettable. The Mare Nostrum is a case in point. This luxury timepiece made its debut in 1943, and was intended for the deck officers of the Royal Italian Navy, but they never went into production. The Mare Nostrum only came to be known through the limited documentation which survived the flood in Florence in 1966; it was based on this documentation that Panerai made the first re-edition of the chronograph in 1993. Crafted in AISI 316L brushed stainless steel, in a 42mm case diameter, the new Mare Nostrum Acciaio is 10 mm smaller than its predecessor. It uses the same movement as the pre-Vendôme model—the OP XXXIII calibre, created and personalised by Panerai with a Dubois-Dépraz chronograph module. The special edition of 1000 chronographs with a deep blue dial is housed in a box containing a model ship for collectors, that harks back to its vintage model.
Price Rs 6.97 lakh; Availability Panerai boutique, Mumbai