The new Radiomir from Panerai
A mandatory matt look, discreet and intentionally elusive in its design. Rigorously monochrome, because it is specifically designed to merge into the surrounding background, whatever it is, blending with its shades. It is therefore strategic.
Tendencies of the dark green in its most powerful and material expression, historically strategic and immediately recognised. To the extent of throwing off the most general definition of its colour and assuming the very specific definition of military green.
Panerai has chosen this identifying colour for the dial of the four new Radiomir watches, reinforcing their strong historic identity.
Four interpretations, unequivocally individual in their functions, dimensions and the materials of which they are made, but conceptually connected by a common visual code of recognition as well as by the aesthetic language of the Radiomir case, with its characteristic cushion shape and integrated lugs, solidly constructed and representative of the “evolved” Radiomir of the 1940s. This was the period when Panerai came into prominence as the sole supplier of wristwatches to the Royal Italian Navy; timepieces which were specially developed with the essential functions required of the precision instruments designed to be used by its commandos. This latent military background, is now declined in a civilian context, with three models with cases 45 mm in diameter, made of AISI 316L steel, and one model with a black sandblasted ceramic case 48 mm in diameter. In these watches the dense, nonreflective green colour becomes an element that expresses both a connection and a unique quality, as do the sapphire glass with its marked convexity, the beige shade of the luminescence and the Italian tanned natural leather strap.
Sharing the same uniform, the new Radiomir with a green dial stand out from a mechanical point of view with a wide range of calibres, all entirely executed by the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. The Radiomir – 45 mm (PAM00995) is fitted with the P.4000 calibre, Panerai’s thinnest automatic movement, and it has two hands and a small seconds hand. Then there is the P. 4001, a model developed to supply additional information such as a second time zone, am/pm indication and the power reserve displayed on the back; this is the movement fitted to the Radiomir GMT – 45 mm (PAM00998). This mechanism was subsequently modified in the P.4002 version, which shows the power reserve indicator on the dial, a feature unique to the Radiomir GMT Power Reserve – 45 mm (PAM00999). Each of the three automatic movements has a bi-directional off-centred micro-rotor in tungsten alloy and a power reserve of three days. The only one to have a hand-wound mechanical movement is the Radiomir – 48 mm, which is fitted with a P.3000 calibre indicating hours, minutes and small seconds
Water-resistant to 10 bar (a depth of about 100 metres) and presented in a box of satin-finished green cherry wood, the new Radiomir watches are supplied with a spare strap as well as the original one. In beige for the steel versions or black for the ceramic version, with two loops and functional reinforcing inserts in each of the holes in the green leather lining.