These are the numbers and the stopping placet of the Arktos expedition (from the greek, Bear), sponsorshipped also by the Officine Panerai, that Mike Horn has passed with success.
Goal: The crossing of the Arctic Polar Circle, mainly on foot and with the only sledge; Cost: 1 million Euro; Km runs: 20,000 km on the Arctic Polar Circle, whose 10,000 in Siberia-Russia; Km 58: The max daily crossing, dragging the sledge; 200 Kg: The max load carried on the sledge, at the departure; Equipment: Sky, sledge, kite, sailing boat, trimaran, bicycle and … a Panerai watch; - 70° C / + 30°C: The extreme temperatures registered during the travel. Mike Horn say, in the interview with Panorama: ‘At - 70° C the electronic equipment are frozen and the only object that is well working was my Panerai watch’. (I. e. the il Luminor Marina-Amagnetic/Arktos aut. 44mm, ref. Pam 92, intoduced at the Sihh of Geneva first in the 2001 and then in the 2004. See the photos by J. Backus-Usa, of the 2004 model that will be produced in 500 units); Pam 92, Luminor Amagnetic-Arktos Special Edition-2004, 44mm steel-titanium case, alligator strap with personalized adjustable buckle, covered and personalized case-back, amagnetic, water resistant to 300 metres, bezel with the four cardinal points in relief, black dial with hours, minutes, little seconds at 9 o’clock and date, automatic movement OP III cal. (basis Valjoux-Eta 7750p1 cal., Swatch group) with 13 1/4 lignes, 21 jewels, 28,800 a/h, power reserve of 42 hours and Cosc certificate, 500 units, Euro 4,900.00.
Pam 186, Luminor Arktos Gmt Contemporary Collection-2005, aut. 44mm with rubber strap and brushed steel case. Aut. mov., cal. OP VIII, black dial with small seconds at 9 o’ clock, date, 24-hour indication on the edge and second time hand. Bezel with four index and the four cardinal points engraved, case-back with the logo of the Arktos expedition, like in the ref. Pam 92, L. Amagnetic-Arktos (2004) and adjustable clasp. Available in 500 units (2005) at 7,000 $.
Pam 252, Luminor North Pole Gmt, Special Edition-2006, with rubber strap and brushed steel case. Aut. mov., cal. OP VIII, blue dial with small seconds at 9 o’ clock, date, 24-hour indication on the edge and second time hand. Bezel with four index and the four cardinal points engraved, case-back with the drawing of the artic polar cap, the path of the expedition and the signature of Mike Horn and adjustable clasp. Available in 500 units (2006) at 5,900.00 Euro.
Notes (2004): 38: The years of Mike Horn, born in 1966 in South-Africa, in the photo property by Panerai;
10: The kilos lost by Mike Horn, during the expedition; 807: The days of the expedition, from the 4th august 2002 to the 21st october 2004.
Chronology: 4th august 2002: Depart from Cape North (Norway) with the 14 metres aluminium sailing boat Arktos, with the arrival in the 17th august in Greenland (Danemark); 26th august 2002: Start the crossing of the Greenland on foot, with the sledge, the sky and the kite used with the new windsurfs; 22 september 2002: Crossing of the strait of Davis with the boat, for arriving to the island of Baffin (Canada), the 30th september 2002; 26th november 2002: Start the crossing of the Canada, for arriving the 29th june 2003 to the border with the Alaska (Usa); 29th june 2003: Depart with the kayak and the 8 metres trimaran Corsair, for arriving the 13th august 2003 on the west coast of the Alaska; 21st august 2003: Crossing of the strait of Bering, with the trimaran, for arriving in Siberia (Russia) the 27th august 2003; 17th december 2003: Start the crossing of the Siberia with the sledge and the sky, for arriving first at Noril’sk the 6th june 2004 and then at Tobseda, ever in Siberia; 5th september 2004: Depart from Tobseda fist with the trimaran and then with the bicycle, for arriving, again at Cape North, the 21st october 2004.
Info: Panorama (Italian weekly magazine) no. 45 of the 11-4-2004, pages 104-108, article by D. Iovino; Official Site: www.mikehorn.com.
Pam 293, Luminor 1950 Submersible with (Quartz) Depth-Gauge, Contemporary Coll.-2007. 47mm titanium case, cal. OP XV aut., screwed and engraved case-back, black dial and black rubber strap. Max Depth 120m and produced in 600 units.
Pam 307, Luminor 1950 Submersible with (Quartz)Depth Gauge -Pangaea-, Special Edition-2008. 47mm titanium case, cal. OP XV aut., screwed and engraved case-back, blue dial and black rubber strap. Max Depth 120m and produced in 500 units.
Click here, if you want to see, in .pdf, the article, published on (Italian weekly magazine) -Panorama- of the 5-22-2008, about the new Mission of Mike Horn, called: Pangaea Project 2008-2012, Click here, if you want to see the Panerai Press Info of the Pangaea Project and the relative article, published on the Panerai's official site.