National Geographic : 2006 Dec
SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION a I :I I 111 fficine Panerai becomes a protag onist of the North Pole Winter Expedition on the wrists of Mike Horn and Borge Ousland. 2006 started with a new adventure for Horn. After the 2005 Arktos Expedition, his solo circumnavigation of the Arctic Circle, which took two years to complete, he then turned his attention to the North Pole Winter Expedition, the objective of which Mike Horn was to travel across the thousand or more kilometers of ice that separate the northern most part of Russia from the North Pole. This expedition had never been attempted before and it took place in winter, without any sunlight but with the fragility of the polar ice cap strengthened by the very low temperature (around - 40°C). Horn made the North Pole Winter Expedition in company with Ousland, a Norwegian explorer who, like the South African Horn, has long experience of the cold Arctic regions. Officine Panerai, an exclusive partner of the North Pole Winter Expedition, has developed a technically advanced watch, the Panerai Luminor GMT North Pole, which has been tested in the course of this hazardous but fascinating expedition. The watch has a steel case with the characteristic bridge protecting the winding crown (an Officine Panerai patent) and an additional internal case made of soft iron, a material which protects the mechanism from the influence of the Earth's magnetic field, the intensity of which increases considerably in the vicinity of the North Pole. The calibre OP VIII, with automatic winding, has been lubricated with special oils to guarantee the best performance even close to the North Pole. The screw back has been personal ized with a diagram of the expedition. The special feature of the Panerai Luminor GMT North Pole is its rotating bezel with the applied letters of the four cardinal points. This is a practical solution that enables the wearer's position to be established by observation of the stars. It is a simple instrument that can be used in the conditions of total darkness in which Horn and Ousland found themselves, and it was a fundamental system of orientation in the context of an environment that prevents the operation of equipment such as the compass and GPS because of the extremely severe cold. Blue in color to make reading the information easier, the dial indicates both the time and the date while the second time zone is indicated by an additional hand.