Tuesday, January 22, 2013

SIHH 2013 - Panerai Radiomir 1940

Is it just me or are Panerais really getting  a bit same old same old these days?

Granted there really isn't much else they could do unless they decide to completely stray away from the classic Panerai looks… I suppose they are holding back the Egiziano cases and the Mare Nostrum cases so far and only using them for very limited models. Perhaps they'll start to expand into these 2 cases once they've exhausted their “fourth” case after Luminor, Radiomir and ‘fiddy’ (although some might lump the fiddy case with the Luminor since... well... they ARE very similar.)

Regardless I'm still a big fan, but maybe with a more refined taste in what I like from their collection.

PAM 514

This fourth case that I speak of is the Radiomir 1940. It’s like the transitional case between the complete cushion case and wired lugs of the Radiomir and the chunky, squarer case with the crown bridge of the Luminor. In a way, to me anyway, it’s the best of both worlds. Yes I know some people say that a Panerai is not a Panerai without the crown bridge, but there are plenty other distinctive features that sets the Panerai apart from everyone else.

PAM 512

This year at SIHH 2013 Panerai released a few more models utilising the Radiomir 1940 case, in 2 sizes, 42mm and 47mm. (I guess these 2 sizes are their ‘new’ 40mm and 44mm) I'm really liking these models and personally would definitely go for the 47mm (the cushion case wears small) so the 47mm will feel more like a 45mm on the wrist. Both models come with Panerai’s inhouse manual wind movement


PAM512 Radiomir 1940 - 42mm

Movement: Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.999/1  calibre, 21,600 beats per hour
Power reserve 60 hours. 144 components.

Back: See-through sapphire crystal.

Dial: Black  with  luminous Arabic  numerals and hour markers. Seconds at 9 o’clock.

Crystal: Sapphire 1.6 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.

PAM514 Radiomir 1940 3 Days – 47mm

Movement: Hand-wound mechanical, Panerai P.3000  calibre, 21,600 beats per hour.   Power reserve 3  days,  two barrels. 162 components.

Functions:   Hours, minutes, small   seconds, date.

Back: See-through sapphire crystal.

Dial: Black  with  luminous Arabic  numerals and hour  markers. Date  at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock.

Crystal: Sapphire 1.8 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.

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