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It is rather difficult for a watch lover to select their favorite watches. A clash of opinions and facts is inevitable when several watch enthusiasts get together. When passion takes over, the discussions can become heated. In the watch world, this usually means a lot of fun, laughter, and positive vibes. The Lifetime Awards Gala 2023 watch selection process was no different. I was honored to be part of the jury with a select group of nice people. For me, the struggle was not about fighting for my favorite piece but about the selection process. A fight is easy, but the reasons behind it are complicated… And we all know this from the world around us.


In 1915, the Radiomir, derived from “radio mire”, which is Italian for “radium sights”, was born in the hands of Guido Panerai. He invented gun sights that were illuminated by a radium-226/zinc sulphide powder enclosed in small, hermetically sealed containers. Radiomir was officially patented in 1916. Twenty years later, a 47mm prototype bearing the name Radiomir was designed to meet the need for excellent readability in muddy waters. The later sandwich dial is an improvement of the original models, driven by the military requirements for better legibility and luminosity.
This year Panerai continues an almost century-old story. The classic collection has received a lovely modern interpretation, with a brand-new finish where each timepiece has a unique character. Let’s dive into the details of the Panerai Radiomir Otto Giorni PAM01347 & PAM01348.


The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame. The Champs-Elysées? Versailles? Ask anyone coming to Paris what they would like to see, and most will name these world-famous sites. But if that person is a watch collector, or a person looking for a very special piece of jewelry, chances are that Place Vendôme will also be on - and maybe even at the top of - that list.


Ever since the early days of time measurement, humankind has felt the need to embellish time measuring devices. From the sundials of ancient Egypt and the water clocks of the New Kingdom (1500 BC) to the sandglasses (hourglasses - used to measure intervals) and the first mechanical devices that could be mounted in towers, the marine chronometers for ships and the smaller pocket watches, art and craftsmanship have embellished and even highlighted the display and reading of time.
And I am not talking about art objects that have the display of time as a secondary “function”. I am strictly referring to “classic” watches that were used as canvases to express images, ideas and concepts. That is why I chose as examples three pieces that are very different in style and price, the most affordable being the Maurice Lacroix AIKON #tide Benzilla, the most spectacular – the Corum Bubble X Aiiroh, and the most shining (and expensive of all three) – the Bulgari Octo Finissimo Sejima Edition.