2 successful ways to climb a mountain. Of course, we are taking to the outdoors in style with Panerai. With his manifold list of audacious pursuits—photographer, alpinist, filmmaker and environmentalist—Jimmy Chin is the model of the modern hero Panerai creates instruments to serve. His intelligence, determination and creativity have guided him to historic accomplishments, including becoming one of the only people to ski off the summit of Mount Everest and receiving an Academy Award for co-directing documentary feature Free Solo. Two watches inspired by his singular story, the Panerai Submersible Chrono Flyback – J. Chin Edition and the Panerai Submersible Chrono Flyback – J. Chin Xperience Edition, are tributes to his indomitable spirit.
Climbing In Style
“An intense drive to transcend limitations is at the foundation of everything Panerai stands for. Jimmy Chin is an ideal partner because he shares that same ambition,” says CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué. “He brings a sense of limitless possibilities to everything he does, from scaling the world’s tallest mountains to capturing remarkable athletic feats on film. And his devotion to environmental activism is totally compatible with our commitment to building a more sustainable future for the watchmaking world.”
The Panerai Submersible Chrono Flyback – J. Chin Xperience Edition features a lightweight and remarkably strong 47mm titanium case with matte black DLC coating while the crown, the lever and the bezel are in titanium. Dots, indicies and hands filled with white Super-LumiNova™, a shaded gray dial and blue accents, like the central chronograph seconds hand, compose a high-contrast palette drawn from icy mountain landscapes. The watch will be available in a limited edition of only 14 pieces.
Aptly named, the Xperience Edition will include an opportunity to join an excursion to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where Chin resides for much of each year. There, participants will be his guests for several days, getting an intimate view of his life through outdoor adventures, including climbing and wakeboarding, his leisure pastimes and favorite dining destinations. It will be the very first time Panerai has offered a US-based experience with Chin.
Photography, an artistic and technical practice that is inseparable from Chin’s sporting life, will be the subject of a hands-on seminar. The trip will be a rare opportunity to forge a personal connection with one of the world’s great adventure athletes in settings both exhilarating and contemplative.