PANERAI LIGHTS UP DESIGN WEEK
At the 57th Milan Design Week, Officine Panerai brought light into La Triennale di Milano with the hypnotic installation Light in the Darkness, featuring Candela, the masterpiece created by multi-disciplined British designer Felix de Pass, graphic designer Michael Montgomery and ceramicist Ian McIntyre. The installation offered a new perspective on the concept of time and light with reference to Panerai’s timekeeping capacity and the watches’ luminescent properties, incorporated since the start in response to the demands of the Royal Italian Navy. Candela consists of a slowly rotating circular framework suspended above the gallery floor, with its disc passing through a concentrated discharge of light that fades little by little, made possible through the marriage of analogue and digital technologies using materials with light-creating properties. Forming part of the installation were Panerai’s iconic Submersible watches, including the Tron-esque 1950 CarbotechTM 3 Days Automatic. To reinforce its longstanding relationship with the world of design, Panerai has donated Candela to the Triennale as a permanent exhibit.