Panerai and Mike Horn - Another Amazing Venture

May 23, 2008
Mike Horn, a celebrated explorer from South Africa, will undertake a new amazing mission - the Pangaea Expedition. The transcontinental and oceanic expedition will last four years and will cover 100,000 kilometers.

The name of the mission has been suggested by the name of an ancient super-continent. The chief aim of the Pangaea Expedition with the motto 'explore, learn, act' is to arouse public awareness of the current environmental state of our planet, and to promote the earth preservation for future generations.

Mike Horn's journey will include several stages and will take him to all the continents, including Antarctica. The famous explorer will traverse rivers, lakes, oceans, mountains, jungle, tundra, desert and fields of ice. He will travel by foot, cycling, sailing, paragliding, kayaking, skiing, and with help of animals, such as camels, elephants, and sled-dogs.

The headquarters of the Pangaea Mission will be an environment-friendly ship, a 35-meter vessel designed and built in South America. The ship is equipped with many innovative technologies, communication and conference facilities. It can host 30 people on board.

The Pangaea Expedition will start on October 9th, 2008. The ship will set sail from Punta Arenas, Chile to Antarctica. From there, Mike Horn will travel to the South Pole, and on Australasia, China, and Russia. The explorer will then move onward to the North Pole, across Greenland and North and South America. The expedition will finish where it started - in Punta Arenas, Chile.

The same as during the famed Arktos Expedition, through the new journey Mike Horn will be accompanied by a Panerai watch. Officine Panerai will act as the sponsor of the Pangaea Expedition. This time the explorer's wrist will be firmly embraced by the Panerai Luminor 1950 Pangaea Submersible Depth Gauge watch. The timepiece offers an integral electronically-controlled depth gauge, with precision certified by METAS (Swiss Federal Office of Metrology and Accreditation).

By undertaking the amazing expedition, Mike Horn wants to share his personal experience with future generations so that to help them find solutions and ultimately a favorable balance between nature and mankind.

Mike Horn, aged 42, has already performed numerous exciting exploits, including Latitude Zero, having circumnavigated the earth around the equator during 18 months, and the Arktos Expedition, having circumnavigated the Arctic Circle solo during 27 months. Mike Horn is famous worldwide for his intrepid pioneering spirit and outstanding accomplishments and is often called to be the greatest explorer of the modern age.

Reliable Watch for Greatest Modern-Age Explorer

The Panerai Luminor 1950 Pangaea Submersible Depth Gauge watch has joined the Panerai Special Editions 2008 collection. The Panerai dive watch has incorporated a mechanical movement in conjunction with an electronic depth gauge.

The 47mm case of the Panerai watch is crafted from titanium, a hypoallergenic material characterized by remarkable toughness and lightness. The ratcheted, unidirectional brushed steel rotating bezel is graduated to allow measuring diving times. To operate the bezel, it is necessary to rotate it anti-clockwise and it makes little clicks at one-minute intervals.

The case construction is completed with a convex, 3mm-thick sapphire crystal, brushed steel push-piece of the depth gauge and the bridge over the winding crown, guaranteeing the proper water-resistance of the crown and eliminating accidental hands' movements.

The dark blue military-style dial shows off Superluminova-coated skeleton hands, large markers and two large Arabic numerals. The small seconds dial is found at 9 o'clock. The small seconds hand is stopped when the crown is pulled out to enable its accurate synchronization.

An outer graduated scale displays the depth gauge, calculated to correspond to the water resistance of 120 meters.

The Panerai Luminor 1950 Pangaea Submersible Depth Gauge watch accommodates the Panerai OP XV caliber, a 21-jewel self-winding movement, beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, with precision guaranteed by a COSC-chronometer certificate. The extremely accurate and reliable mechanism is provided with an Incabloc shock absorber, and offers 42-hour power reserve. The battery-powered electronic module controls the depth gauge.

Depth Gauge Function

The depth gauge is divided into sectors:

  • the first sector, from 0 to 20 meters, features numeric indications and luminous studs in relief for each meter;

  • the second sector, from 20 to 60 meters, features smaller numerals, markers for each meter and a number or stud every five meters;

  • the third sector, from 60 to 120, features a marker for every two meters.


At the end of the scale you will notice the 'Off' inscription - this is the resting position for the yellow central hand of the depth gauge.

The innovative depth gauge device not simply measures up to 120 meters. It also memorizes the maximum depth in the course of the dive with help of a sophisticated electronic device, in fact representing another independent movement, fitted into the case. To activate the measurement, it is necessary to press the push-piece at 10 o'clock. The depth is indicated by the central yellow hand moving round the graduated scale.

  • To activate the depth gauge function, it is necessary to press the push-piece before diving. The yellow hand moves from the Off position to point to the maximum depth that was reached in the course of the last dive.


  • When you press the push-piece a second time for 6 seconds, the hand moves to zero and the depth gauge is in operation.


  • In the course of the dive, the hand indicates the depth reached. During the dive you can also check the maximum depth that you have reached - it is necessary to press the push-piece and after 6 seconds the hand will automatically return to indicating the current depth.


  • The measurement can last for a maximum of four hours, then the hand will automatically returns at the Off position.


The lithium battery provides energy to the electronic module for 500 hours. For extra safety, the Panerai Luminor watch is equipped with a device warning when the battery is close to exhaustion - at the moment the hand is activated, it moves very slowly from the Off position to zero, then returning even more slowly to the Off position. All the functions of the depth gauge get locked.


The Panerai Luminor watch will be available in a limited edition of 500 pieces. The watch is secured to the wrist with a rubber strap or a secondary dive strap, a tool to change the straps, and a steel screwdriver.

The price of the Panerai Luminor 1950 Submersible Depth Gauge is around 11,000 Euros.


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