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As a watch enthusiast and journalist, I am often asked: “Which one is your favorite?“. With my face blushing at the sight of the pieces that I love the most, my heart pounding at the sight of horological complications, and my mouth drooling over exceptional finishes, it is hard to pinpoint my favorite every year. As a (sometimes) pragmatist, I understand why certain watches are loved, desired or bought more than others. It is like asking the mom or dad of a family with several children which is their favorite child – in theory, all of them are, but they might still recognize that they have a favorite.


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.