Bonati Reflects on His Panerai Years

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Bonati Reflects on His Panerai Years

Post by koimaster » March 30th 2020, 5:08pm

In late March 2018, Angelo Bonati, longtime CEO of Officine Panerai, retired from his lifetime career leading the brand. It was a bittersweet moment for the now 67-year-old trailblazer. Recently, Bonati took some time with us to reflect on the challenges he conquered at the helm of one of the most successful watch brands in modern history.

By Roberta Naas

Twenty-two years ago, in 1997, the Richemont Group (then known as the Vendôme Group) purchased a tiny Italian watch brand that essentially had one watch model and a single historic boutique in Florence, Italy. That brand was Officine Panerai, and today it has grown into a worldwide brand with a cult-like following of Paneristi collectors, a state-of-the-art manufacture in Switzerland, dozens of boutiques, and some of the most sophisticated and easily identifiable watches on the market. ... 728bd6f117


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