Panerai has ended April by unveiling four exceptional new models, one more interesting than the other. First of all, I would start with the Radiomir 8 Days Acciaio 45 mm (PAM00610) because it comes with all the features I want from a PAM. The size is just perfect making it a super versatile piece, it’s not too big fit it on a small wrist and not too small to appeal to the usual Panerai crowd. The black dial is reduced to the essentials: two hands, no small seconds and no date. The cherry on the top of the cake is actually in the inside, where we have the hand-wound P.5000 calibre offering 192 hours of power reserve. Yes, that is more than a week of juice.
The price is $8,100 CAD.
The specs of the Radiomir Black Seal 8 days Acciaio 45 mm (PAM00609) is very similar to the 610, except that the dial is getting a bit more crowded because of the small second sub-dial and the inscription that is longer. The MSRP on the 609 is $8,600 CAD.
With the Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Titanio – 45 mm (PAM00619), it is the first time Panerai is choosing titanium for the Radiomir 1940. The case is actually made of two different types of titanium: the caseband is of grade 2 titanium, a perfect alloy for its lightness (40% lighter than steel), its resistance to corrosion and its potential for being worked with the most complex machining; the bezel and crown, on the other hand, are of grade 5 titanium, an alloy which differs from the previous one in that it can be polished, thus obtaining a sophisticated contrasting finish.
The warm brown tone of the sandwich dial matches beautifully the colour of the titanium case.
The exhibition case-back unveils the automatic P.4000 calibre, equipped with an off-centred micro-rotor made of tungsten – a material with a particularly high specific weight – and it winds in both directions, enabling it to accumulate a power reserve of three days, thanks to the use of two spring barrels connected in series.
MSRP is $13,600 CAD.
Finally, the Radiomir 1940 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso 47 mm (PAM00570) is Panerai’s latest special edition model of which there are on 300 pieces produced.
The 47 mm cushion case is made entirely of 5nPt red gold, a gold alloy with a higher percentage of copper than usual giving its warm tone and a small amount of platinum to minimize the oxidation of the case. The polished red gold bezel surrounds the brown dial with satiné soleil finish, a treatment which catches the light, enhancing the minimalist design of the dial.
The seconds hand rotates in the small counter at nine o’clock, while the arrow-shaped central hand can be used to indicate a second time zone, hence the engraved letters “GMT” at six o’clock.
The back of the 570 will unveil the carefully finished P.3001/10 hand-wound calibre, featuring a power reserve indicator which connected directly to the spring of one of the two barrels, both of which are skeletonized, as are the bridges with brushed finish.
The movement also has the device for rapid setting of the hour hand, which can be moved forward or backwards in one-hour jumps of without interfering with the running of the seconds hand.
All these four novelties are outstanding on their own way, steering Panerai further in the waters of fantastic watchmaking.
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