Three historic cases. Three stellar watches. One green dial that marks them…HOT explores Officine Panerai’s new collection.
Officine Panerai presents three new creations which share one thing in common: the green dial. Watch lovers will be enamoured with the original combination of colours (green dial, a strong strap of natural brown leather with contrasting beige stitching, beige accents) with a powerful sporty appearance.
Three 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.
The Radiomir 8 Days Titanio – 45mm
This watch has the cushion case in brushed titanium, 45 mm in diameter. It also features the characteristic wire loop strap attachments and the conical winding crown which have been a part of the design of this model since it first appeared in 1936.
Some unique features: The dark green dial has a sandwich construction. The date at 3 o’clock is read through a small round lens integrated in the crystal and all the hands are gilded. 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 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.
Overall, the design of the case and dial is minimalist and harmonious, with balanced colours and all indications displayed with exemplary clarity.
Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio – 47mm
The case bears 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. This one has a diameter of 47 mm. More specifically, the timepiece alludes to historic Panerai models, a tribute to the watches specially made for the commando frogmen of the Royal Italian Navy. The sapphire crystal is slightly cambered.
This one has the P.3000 hand wound mechanical calibre which also has the device for rapidly adjusting the hour hand.
Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio – 44mm.
The brushed titanium case is 44 mm 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.
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 green dial is easy to read and it clearly displays the indications of the functions of the hand-wound P.2004 calibre. Functions include the linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock, seconds counter and am/pm indication relating to the central second time zone hand 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, is visible through the sapphire crystal porthole in the back of the movement.
All the models in this series are united by the beautiful green dial and presented in an elegant green cherry wood box. A perfect finish to a perfect timepiece!