Officine Panerai presents three new creations which share an original combination of colours with a powerful sporty appearance. With the three historic Panerai cases – Radiomir, Radiomir 1940 and Luminor 1950 – and an impressive combination of different functions for each model, the distinctive feature shared by the three new watches is an intense dark green dial, against which the luminous beige hour markers and gilded hands elegantly stand out.
A strong strap of natural brown leather with contrasting beige stitching, stamped with the OP logo, completes the three models which are available exclusively at Panerai boutiques throughout the world: the Radiomir 8 Days Titanio – 45mm, the Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio – 47mm and the Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio – 44mm.
The new Radiomir 8 Days (PAM00735) has the cushion case in brushed titanium, 45 mm in diameter, with the characteristic wire loop strap attachments and the conical winding crown which have been features of this model since it first appeared in 1936. The polished bezel surrounds a matt, dark green dial of sandwich construction, setting off the large luminous beige hour markers and the small seconds dial at 9 o’clock. The date at 3 o’clock is read through a small round lens integrated in the crystal and all the hands are gilded. Overall, the design of the case and dial is minimalist and harmonious, with balanced colours and all indications displayed with exemplary clarity.
On the back of the case, the finish of the hand-wound P.2002 calibre, completely developed and created in the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, can be admired through a sapphire window. The three spring barrels connected in series provide a power reserve of eight days, the indication of power remaining being visible on the back. The P.2002 calibre also has the device for zeroing the seconds hand to enable very precise synchronisation, and the mechanism for moving the hour hand forwards or backwards without affecting the movement of the minute hand. It is waterresistant to 10 bar (a depth of about 100 metres).
The case of the new Radiomir 1940 3 Days (PAM00736) has the simple, elegant lines of the Radiomir 1940, the lugs being integrated with the case formed from a solid block of AISI 316L stainless steel and the cylindrical winding crown carrying the OP logo in relief. The diameter of 47 mm is that of the historic Panerai models, a tribute to the watches specially made for the commando frogmen of the Royal Italian Navy, and the sapphire crystal is slightly cambered.
In this model too, the indications on the green sandwich dial are luminous with beige Super-LumiNova® and they are in the classic Panerai style: large figures and linear hour markers, small seconds counter, and date window at 3 o’clock. The P.3000 hand wound mechanical calibre of the Radiomir 1940 3 Days, with a power reserve of three days, is 16½ lignes in diameter, a dimension which originates from that of the movements fitted in the historic Panerai models. Solid and reliable, the movement has three brushed-finish bridges protecting the mechanism and a bridge with twin supports for the balance wheel 13.2 mm in diameter, which oscillates at a frequency of 3 Hz. Entirely developed and produced in the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, the P.3000 calibre also has the device for rapidly adjusting the hour hand. It is water-resistant to 10 bar (a depth of about 100 metres).
The new Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio (PAM00737 – above) has a brushed titanium case 44mm in diameter with the classic bridge lever device, patented by Panerai in the 1950s, to protect the winding crown and to help ensure the water-resistance of the watch (10 bar, a depth of about 100 metres). The bezel has a polished finish and on the caseband at 8 o’clock is the push-button which controls the start, stop, and reset operations of this chronograph with its many functions and advanced technical features.
The dial is easy to read and it clearly displays the indications of the functions of the hand-wound P.2004 calibre with a power reserve of eight days, achieved by having three spring barrels in series. The linear power reserve indicator is at 6 o’clock, while the seconds counter and am/pm indication relating to the central second time zone hand is positioned at 9 o’clock. The minutes of the chronograph are measured by the small counter at 3 o’clock and there is a central seconds hand. All the hands, apart from the GMT function, are gilded and they coordinate harmoniously with the beige markers on the green sandwich dial.
The P.2004 calibre, entirely developed and realised in the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, employs high-end technical solutions such as the column wheel, visible through the sapphire crystal porthole in the back of the movement, and the vertical clutch. The chronograph minute hand moves in jumps, making it easier to read, and the watch can be synchronised with great accuracy thanks to the device which
stops the balance wheel and zeroes the seconds hand when the winding crown is pulled out to make the relevant adjustment. Like the other models of this series, the Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio is presented in an elegant green cherry wood box. Inside the box are a replacement black rubber strap, the tool for replacing it and a screwdriver.