The last few weeks we’ve seen a lot of new releases! We’ve shown you Peter Speake-Marin’s new Piccadilly HMS and Resilience, the new Romain Jerome DeLorean DNA, a larger Girard-Perregaux 1966 and a new collection for Hautlence called Avant-Garde, to name just a few.
And there were the two new Panerai Radiomir Composite models. Now Panerai again releases three new Radiomir Special Editions, all in precious metal and with the beautiful 10-days manual wind GMT movement with linear power reserve indicator. Let me introduce the Radiomir 10-Days GMT – PAM 00495, PAM 00496 and PAM 00497.
Like said, these three Radiomir models are Special Editions, meaning they are limited in production. From left to right there are the PAM 00495 (platinum, limited to 100 pieces), PAM 00496 (white gold, 250 pieces) and PAM 00497 (red gold, 250 pieces).
It looks like Panerai almost exclusively puts the P.2003 in-house movement in limited edition Radiomir models with a precious metal case. In 2007 they first released three similar Radiomir models, also in platinum, white gold and red gold, featuring the automatic caliber P.2003. The two other watches with this movement are the Luminor 1950 10-Days GMT PAM 00270 and the ceramic PAM 00335; both are available in the contemporary collection.
One of the lovely details that these three models share, are the applied hour markers for all hours except 12 and 6 o’clock. The applied numerals are made in a metal that matches with the case, except on the platinum version. Also visible is a part of the am/pm indicator and the power reserve indicator with linear scale.
The photo above also show the typical construction of the Panerai sandwich dial Besides the Arabic number 8 is a round hole in the dial. Through that hole a second, lower, dial with applied luminescent (SuperLuminova) material is visible.
The two models in white metal (platinum and white gold) feature a black dial, while the red gold version has a beautifully matching brown dial. Personally I’m very much impressed by the combination of the platinum case, black dial and beige SuperLuminova, although the word “Platinum” on the dial is something that isn’t necessary in my opinion. On the other hand, the red gold applied numerals and matching red gold hands are just stunning.
The three central hands indicate the hours, minutes and a second time zone. The seconds hand is at the 9 o’clock position, together with a small pointy hand that makes one full rotation once every 24 hours and thus functions as a am/pm indicator. This am/pm indicator is linked to the second time zone.
The remaining power reserve can be read from the linear scale above the 6 o’clock position.
The P.2003 calibre is 13¾ lignes in diameter and it consists of 296 components, with 25 jewels. It has all the technical characteristics which make up the DNA of the P.2000 calibre series (variable inertia balance, free-sprung balance spring, 28,800 vibrations per hour, three spring barrels, GMT function with 24-hour indication, rapid setting to local time, date, balance stop-seconds mechanism, seconds reset) but it differs in having automatic winding and a power reserve of ten days, operated by an oscillating weight mounted on ball bearings, which winds the spring barrels as it rotates in both directions.
The three versions of the Radiomir 10 Days GMT are water-resistant to about 5 atmospheres (50 metres) and they are supplied with an alligator strap, the colour of which, like that of the dial, varies according to the metal of the case.
Here are the list prices in Euro and including 21% VAT: PAM00495 € 49.000 – PAM00496 € 33.000 – PAM00497 € 31.000. Delivery to the boutiques starts in November. Find your nearest boutique on the Panerai website.
This article is written by Frank Geelen, executive editor for Monochrome Watches.