Panerai Partners with Guillaume Néry – An Icon of Extreme Sports
Panerai Partners with Guillaume Néry – An Icon of Extreme Sports
Panerai unveils a new member of its Submersible family – one inspired by Guillaume Néry, a French freediving champion worldwide famous for his records and breathtaking underwater images.
3 June 2020 5 minute read

Guillaume Néry and Panerai

The collaboration between Panerai and Guillaume Néry originated from their shared passion for the sea. In celebration of this partnership, Panerai presents a new professional Submersible watch that combines performance, strength and reliability, holding the ability to face any challenge, above and under sea level. In Néry’s honour, the new Panerai Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition encapsulates the spirit of the remarkable champion who has inspired this new creation of mechanical engineering.


Néry, proud to be an ambassador for the Italian brand, says: “It represents my world. It has a strong relationship with the sea and my quest is discovering the sea, so I’m very proud to be part of this team.”

Guillaume Néry, the French world champion of apnea, is internationally known for his records and amazing underwater images. The former professional athlete was twice a world champion and has broken four constant weight free-diving world records. Considered to be one of the world’s best freediving athletes, Néry demonstrates a style and grace many others aspire to achieve.



Youtube Video: Panerai Traits with Guillaume Néry


With just one breath, Néry dives to depths that few people would be able to reach without professional equipment. For the Frenchman, practising free-diving transcends a normal sporting discipline. Néry’s days are spent continuously and rigorously challenging his body in the surroundings of the natural elements.


The dive is a journey to the very limits of human possibility, a journey into the unknown. But it’s also, and above all, an inner journey, where a number of things happen.” – Guillaume Néry

After suffering from a near-death experience and accompanying lung injury in 2015, Nery retired from competing. Now, Néry curates beautiful underwater films with his wife, who is also a freediver.


The freefall is amazing because you’re just free – you’re flying in the water.” – Guillaume Néry

Design, Technology & Passion for the Sea


The Italian watchmaking brand traces the roots of the Submersible back to the L’Egiziano model made for the Egyptian Navy in the 1950s. In the honour of the world champion, the new Panerai Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition combines technical performance with a powerful, sporty appearance.



Image: Panerai Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition (Courtesy of Panerai)




Water-resistant to a depth of 300 metres (30 bar), the underwater watch is fitted with Panerai’s personalized blue rubber strap that can weather the elements. Exceptionally durable, this watch is fitted with a unidirectional rotating bezel to track the duration of the dive. The luminous white markers, legible even in complete darkness, contrasts against the shark-grey, textured background. The champion’s signature and depths of his final inspiring record completes this exceptional timepiece.


Image: Panerai Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition Case Back (Courtesy of Panerai)


Technical Performance

Beneath the ultralight Titanium case that complements the blue ceramic inlaid disc perfectly, lies a precision chronograph. This chronograph features a with fly-back function and a device for zeroing the seconds hand to enable perfect synchronisation with a reference signal. Powered by the automatic mechanical P.9100 caliber, made in-house by Panerai, the watch offers 72 hours of power reserve. The movement was entirely developed in Panerai’s high quality watchmaking Manufacture in Neuchâtel, in the Laboratorio di Idee.



Image: Panerai Submersible Chrono Guillaume Néry Edition (Courtesy of Panerai)



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