Una Storia Leggendaria
Panerai has a legendary history that began in 1860 in Florence. A history of pioneering innovations since the luminescent paste patented by Panerai in 1916 under the name Radiomir.
Originally created for military use in deep waters, Panerai watches stand out for their legibility and luminosity in the dark. Today, Panerai develops and manufactures its movements and watches in the Neuchâtel manufacture, combining the talent and history of Italian design with Swiss watchmaking expertise.
At Watches & Wonders 2023 in Geneva, Panerai celebrated its history by renewing the Radiomir collection with new models, joining the iconic Radiomir Quaranta, inspired by the past and its relationship with the sea.
Radiomir Otto Giorni
These new watches evoke the first Radiomir prototype of 1935, created for the "Regia Marina" - the Royal Italian Navy - which would originate the first Panerai watch, with Ref. 2533. This was followed by the Ref. 3646 in 1936, which defined the identity traits of the Radiomir collection and marked the beginning of regular supply to naval forces.
The new Radiomir Otto Giorni feature the characteristic 45 mm cushion-shaped case, wire wings, the sandwich dial and a domed sapphire crystal, a nod to the old Plexiglass® crystal. They feature eSteel™ cases, hand-finished one by one to create an aged look, giving each timepiece a unique character, enhanced by the patina of the dials. Dark brown grained (PAM01347) or blue grained (PAM01348).
The grained finish evokes the way some historic Radiomirs have changed colour over time due to the anodising process used on aluminium dials. The Otto Giorni's lived-in look is enhanced by the soft calfskin bracelets that match the colours of the dials.
Equipped with the manual-winding P.5000 calibre, with an impressive eight-day power reserve (or "otto giorni" in Italian), a feature of vital importance for the Panerai watches used by the divers of the "Regia Marina".
Radiomir Quaranta Goldtech™
Another new watch is the Radiomir Quaranta Goldtech™, an interesting contemporary reinterpretation in a polished Goldtech™ case, combined with a white sunray dial and matt brown alligator leather strap (PAM01026). Panerai's exclusive Goldtech™ rose gold includes a combination of platinum and copper that gives it an intense reddish-pink hue in perfect harmony with the beige Super-Luminova® numerals on the dial at 6 and 12 o'clock.
A minimalist military watch in a 40 mm case - smaller than the 47 mm of the original Radiomir - with a thickness of 10.15 mm, making it perfect for any wrist and every occasion. Water-resistant to 3 bar (about 30 metres), the PAM01026 is equipped with the renowned calibre P.900 - a state-of-the-art 4.2 mm automatic movement that is the manufacture's first in this size to combine date and a three-day power reserve.
Radiomir Calendario Annuale
The Annual Calendar presents an unprecedented complication for Panerai in the legendary Radiomir collection. A technically demanding complication in harmony with the simplicity of the Radiomir, a watch known for its legibility. Thus, to maximise legibility, the day and date are displayed at 3 o'clock in two apertures. The month is indicated by a rotating disc at the edge of the dial with an arrow at 3 o'clock.
Powered by the automatic calibre P.9010/AC, which only needs to be set once a year, at the end of February, it is available in two references, of which we highlight the PAM01363, with a 45 mm polished Goldtech™ case, a blue sunray dial and a dark blue alligator leather strap.
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