Officine Panerai has just released two new Radiomir models with vintage inspired looks. They are in no way what the brand has accustomed us to expect, but they will certainly be embraced by some horology aficionados. As the CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué has stated “Panerai is a masculine brand”, but they are always interested in new ventures. These two new “Panerai Radiomir 1940 Art Deco” models manage to innovate, while highlighting antique designs.
Design wise Panerai has stated that the inspiration for this timepiece came from an antique pendulum found at their “Piazza San Giovanni” storefront, which has been in operation since the 1860’s. During this initial era of the Panerai family history they sold many different kinds of watches and clocks to the upper classes of Florence, Italy.
Don’t forget all this took place way before Panerai even sold a single timepiece to the Italian Royal Navy, which is the typical backstory most consumers are more accustomed to hearing. Wrist watches weren’t even the sole focus of sales. In this era their shop was renowned for providing pocket watches, table clocks and pendulum clocks made by some of the best artisan watchmakers in the world.
The 47mm cushion-shaped 1940’s style case on these vintage-designed watches is made out of polished stainless-steel with a transparent case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement.
The Laboratorio di Idee at the Neuchâtel plant have crafted these watches without the iconic Panerai crown guard. But, they have fashioned them with short solid lugs that provide a comfortable wrist fit. All topped by a domed Plexiglass crystal that also adds to the vintage feel these models are going for, as well as assisting that water-resistance on these watches are able to reach up to 100 meters (328 feet).
Time is exhibited on either a black (PAM 790) or ivory (PAM 791) dial with art-deco style Arabic numerals, followed by a ring of railroad-track minute index markers. There is also a double inner ring circle which contains the inscription “RADIOMIR” and “PANERAI” on the upper half of the dial. Besides these previously mentioned details the dial is quite clean and legible. The central hands are crafted out of 18k rose gold.
Instead of the iconic Panerai sandwich dial with ample luminescence, what we have here is a flat dial with the aforementioned art Deco numerals and hands. A much dressier type of wristwatch than what Panerai is usually known for, but an undoubtedly unique, simple, sophisticated option for a more reserved clientele.
Panerai Radiomir 1940 Art Deco Dial
This “Panerai Radiomir 1940 Art Deco Dial” (References below) is powered by a hand-wound in-house mechanical movement, caliber P.3000 with 21, 160 components and 21,600 Vph. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 72 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watches is either a light or dark brown leather strap with exposed contrasting stitching, while secured to the wrist by a stainless-steel pin buckle. Each one of these two models is a limited edition of only 500 manufactured pieces per color version. For more up to date information please visit the official Officine Panerai website here.
MSRP: $9,200.00 USD
Officine Panerai Radiomir 1940 Art Deco – Black Dial (Ref#: PAM 790)
Officine Panerai Radiomir 1940 Art Deco – Black Dial (Ref#: PAM 791)
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