Watch: The fourth chapter of Panerai Traits, where the realms of gastronomy and watchmaking collide


Text: Angelyn Kwek

Discover the thin line between tradition and innovation with Chapter Four of Panerai Traits, featuring three-Michelin-star restaurant Osteria Francescana’s founder and chef, Massimo Bottura

Those with an epicurean soul will know the quaint city of Modena to be the heart of the food valley in Italy, and might have even made a pilgrimage to dine at the famed Osteria Francescana a time or two. A cult destination for gourmets, it is at this three-Michelin-starred restaurant that Officine Panerai has found its fourth and final Panerai Traits protagonist in Massimo Bottura, who embodies the ideals of innovation in the same vein as the maison.

Massimo Bottura for Panerai Traits Chapter Four, Innovation

Swearing by the motto 'tradition in evolution', Bottura pushes the envelope on Modenese cuisine by approaching traditional Italian fare in an innovative manner — a methodology reflected at Panerai where centuries-old watchmaking savoir-faire is cross-pollinated with today's cutting-edge technologies. "Look at the past in a critical way, not nostalgically. To innovate, it is necessary to take the best of the past and carry it forward into the future," says Bottura in the film, which traces his steps through Modena's Piazza Grande, the historic Albinelli market and his restaurant before unveiling a signature dish, the crunchy lasagna.

Massimo Bottura for Panerai Traits Chapter Four, Innovation

And throughout this gourmand journey of discovery and innovation, the Tuttonero Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Ceramica is Bottura's timepiece of choice. It's the perfect haute horlogerie expression of his ethos, being a novelty that combines the finest watchmaking with state-of-the-art materials, where both elements are equally captured in the iconic and distinctive Panerai design. Recognising the cuisine of Osteria Francescana as a contemporary in the field of innovation, the collaboration between Massimo Bottura and Panerai is surely a uniquely authentic creative experience to savour.

Check out the previous episodes of Panerai Traits here.

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