The union between Panerai and the sea dates back to the beginning of last century, when the Italian Military Navy turned to the Florentine company to supply watches and precision instruments for its specialized underwater corps in particular. These historical ties are alive and well today, and are strengthened year after year with the sponsorship of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, which is in its ninth edition in 2013.
Since its debut in 2005, the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge has expanded to include ten of the world’s most prestigious classic yacht regattas, divided into two circuits – Mediterranean and North American – which are joined by two independent regattas: the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and the Panerai British Classic Week.
The 2010 Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge saw the debut of Eilean, the Bermuda ketch built in 1936 in the Fife shipyards in Fairlie. The yacht was restored and returned to the sea by Officine Panerai, in the name of passion and the qualities of beauty, classic design, craftsmanship and excellence, which distinguish the uniqueness of a classic yacht as they do a luxury watch.