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Panerai 2015 Radiomir 1940
KUWAIT
NOVEMBER 2015
 
Among The Classics of Modernity
 
“Some rare objects from the first part of the 20th century have survived the obsolescence of fashion. They are ones which were not only characteristic examples of the period but which were also active in defining them. They have become archetypes established in the collective conscience. […] This is now happening with the Florentine watches of Panerai. They are classics of modernity. They are timeless objects, even though they mark the time and indicate it with the absolute precision of their mechanics.”
- Philippe Daverio, historian and art critic.
 
With its timeless design and the sophisticated technical solutions created by the new Manufacture in Neuchâtel, the Radiomir 1940 is the main focus of the new Panerai collection presented at Watches & Wonders 2015. References to history, contemporary high-end watchmaking, Italian design and Swiss manufacture combine to create unique and immediately recognisable timepieces, to be presented to the public in an international preview at the main Asian exhibition of high-end watches, taking place in Hong Kong from 30 September to 3 October 2015.
 
The Radiomir 1940 is the watch which recalls a fundamental moment in the history of Panerai: the transformation of the traditional cushion case of the first Radiomir (1936) into the imposing Luminor 1950 case, fitted with the iconic crown protecting device. This transition came about to meet the needs of the Italian Navy, which wanted to provide its commandos with a water-resistant watch, that was extremely robust and mechanically reliable, with a dial that would be perfectly legible even under very poor lighting conditions in the dark and underwater: the characteristics which made the Panerai watch the first military diver’s watch in history.
 
The lines of the Radiomir 1940 illustrate the exemplary purity and simplicity of the Panerai design, a simplicity which is the result of a complex process of design and manufacture. The orderliness of the form and appearance of both the case and the dial is closely linked to the function which the watch was to fulfil. The equilibrium arises from a design in which high quality materials and technical perfection made any decorative details superfluous.
 
The design of the Panerai watch is an example of the international style in the Thirties and Forties. The emergence of the Modern Movement had already revolutionised architecture and design, and Italy’s significant contribution to this revolution was due to the architects and designers who took part in the remarkable phenomenon of Italian rationalism. Thanks to these masters, in the 1930s and 1940s timeless masterpieces were created in Italy, objects and buildings which communicate purity, knowledge and wisdom, in the best tradition of the Italian style and in perfect harmony with what was happening in the rest of the world. Like other icons of its time, the Radiomir 1940 is a classic of modernity which, many decades after its creation, continues to fascinate enthusiasts of watchmaking and design.
 
 
Officine Panerai Presents the New Radiomir 1940 In Steel or Red Gold, fitted with the P.1000 Calibre, hand-wound With A Power Reserve Of Three Days.
 
It is the calibre P.1000, a new hand-wound movement with a power reserve of three days, which powers the new Radiomir 1940 3 Days, available in steel or red gold with a diameter of 42 mm. Unmistakably Panerai in their design and respect for the company’s historic characteristics, the two new models have sizes and features which make them the ideal choice for all enthusiasts looking for a watch with pure lines but a strong personality, versatile and suitable to every situation.
 
The new P.1000 calibre – entirely made in the Panerai manufacture in Neuchatel – is a very solid, reliable movement with a large brush-finished bridge covering the major part of the wheelwork and a bridge with two supports firmly holding the balance, which oscillates at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour). Thanks to the two spring barrels connected in series, the calibre has a long power reserve (three days), a requirement which has been part of the identity of the brand since the 1940s, when the Florentine watchmakers Panerai decided to use Angelus calibres with a power reserve of eight days for the watches supplied to the Italian Navy. Its commandos had to be able to count on an instrument with reliable timekeeping which would not be subject to wear or leaking as a result of frequent rewinding.
 
The new Radiomir 1940 3 Days also has the system for stopping the balance which operates in conjunction with the device for zeroing the seconds hand: when the winding crown is pulled out, the balance wheel stops and the seconds hand, rotating in the classic subsidiary dial at 9 o’clock, is moved back to zero, so that the watch can be synchronised exactly with the reference time signal.
 
The watchmaking technical expertise of the P.1000 calibre is contained within a diameter of just 26.8 mm (12 lignes) and a thickness of 3,85 mm, so it is perfectly suited to the proportions of the Radiomir 1940 case, which is 42 mm in diameter. The case is water-resistant to 10 bar (a depth of about 100 metres) in the polished AISI 316L stainless steel version and to 5 bar (about 50 metres) in the gold version. The latter is made of 5NPT red gold, the special gold alloy used by Panerai, which has a high percentage of copper, as well as a small amount of platinum which helps to prevent the precious metal oxidising.
 
The sapphire crystal of the porthole on the back of the new Radiomir 1940 3 Days enables the construction and finish of the P.1000 movement to be admired while the polished bezel frames the classic Panerai black dial, with large bar markers and figures. The dial has the sandwich structure invented at the end of the 1930s to maximise the visibility and legibility of the markings: two superimposed discs contain the luminous substance which shines through the holes in the upper one, which correspond to the dial markings. In the steel model (PAM00574) the alligator strap is coordinated with the light green of the Super-LumiNova®, while the model in red gold (PAM00575) is supplied with a black alligator strap.
 
RADIOMIR 1940 3 DAYS ACCIAIO – 42mm
 
 
MOVEMENT: Hand-wound mechanical, P.1000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai.
FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds.
CASE: 42 mm, AISI 316L polished steel.
DIAL: Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Seconds at 9 o’clock.
POWER RESERVE: 72H.
WATER-RESISTANCE: 10 bar (~100 metres).
 
RADIOMIR 1940 3 DAYS ORO ROSSO – 42mm
 
 
MOVEMENT: Hand-wound mechanical, P.1000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai.
FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds.
CASE: 42 mm, 18 ct. polished red gold.
DIAL: Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Seconds at 9 o’clock.
POWER RESERVE: 72H.
WATER-RESISTANCE: 5 bar (~50 metres).
 
Officine Panerai adds to its Collection of Movements with the New P.1000, hand-wound Calibre, with a Power Reserve of Three Days.
 
Ten years after the presentation of the first movements created in the company’s manufacture at Neuchâtel, which appeared in 2005, Officine Panerai is enhancing the range of its own calibres with the new P.1000 movement, handwound with a power reserve of three days.
 
The new movement has the fundamental functions – hours, minutes and the seconds counter at 9 o’clock – and it is 12 lignes (26.8 mm) in diameter with an overall thickness of 3.85 mm. Its size makes it an ideal movement for creating watches of smaller dimensions but with all the proportions and characteristics which are typical of Panerai designs.
 
Consisting of 152 components and with 21 jewels, the P.1000 calibre is solid, strong and reliable, and it is immediately recognisable as a Panerai calibre from both technical and aesthetic points of view. The structure is very neat, with a large brush-finished bridge, partly shaped, which covers the majority of the movement apart from the balance. To ensure maximum security and stability, the balance is held by a bridge with two supports, fixed by screws with threaded rings for micrometer adjustment of the height. The oscillation frequency is 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour).
 
With the small seconds dial at 9 o’clock – another of the distinctive characteristics of many contemporary Panerai watches, directly descended from the historic models – the new movement also contains the device which stops the balance and zeroes the seconds hand (seconds reset) when setting the time, for perfect synchronisation of the watch with the reference signal.
 
THE P.1000 MOVEMENT
 
 
FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds.
TECHNICAL FEATURES:
- Hand-wound mechanical
- 12 lignes
- 3,85 mm thickness
- 21 jewels
- 28,800 alternations/hour
- KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device
- Power reserve 3 days
- Two barrels
- Stop balance wheel
- Seconds reset
- 152 components
 
The New Radiomir 1940 With the P.4000 Automatic Movement Represents an Exceptional Marriage Between the Iconic Simplicity of the Italian Design of the 1940s And the Technical Expertise of High Quality Contemporary Watchmaking of The Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. All Reduced to Only 42 mm.
 
The Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic (PAM00620) is the first automatic watch in the Radiomir 1940 collection presented in the 42-mm size. Thanks to the Manufacture calibre P.4000, with its oscillating weight mounted off centre and integrated in the movement, the thickness of the case is only 10.93 mm and, in spite of the substantially reduced size, the proportions of the case are consistent with those of vintage Panerai watches, the source of inspiration of every new model of the brand. The result is a sports watch which is also very elegant, offering an exceptional combination of the Italian design of the 1940s with the technical expertise of high quality contemporary watchmaking: two aspects which enrich each other to offer enthusiasts a watch with a strong personality.
 
The case of the new Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic is made from AISI 316L stainless steel, a metal particularly resistant to corrosion, and it is consistently water-resistant to 10 bar (a depth of about 100 metres). Each element has a polished finish, including the wide bezel, the lugs integral with the case block and the cylindrical winding crown with the OP logo. On the back is a sapphire glass porthole which reveals the ingenious simplicity and beauty of the P.4000 calibre, the automatic movement with a power reserve of three days entirely designed and executed by the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. A wide bridge with brushed finish covers almost half the movement, making it particularly strong and reliable, but the tungsten microrotor is clearly visible; it winds the two spring barrels in both directions, ensuring a power reserve of three days. Tungsten is an ideal material for the oscillating weight, being bright and of high density: qualities which make it aesthetically pleasing and ideal for applications which require a mass of high specific weight. Another bridge, smaller than the main one, firmly holds both sides of the balance, which oscillates with a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz).
 
The dial of the new Radiomir 1940 is black and has all the classic characteristics of the Panerai dial: the sandwich structure, large bar hour markers and figures at the cardinal points, and the small seconds counter at 9 o’clock. Exceptional visibility at night is ensured by the use of the special “Grade A” Super-LumiNova®, the luminous substance applied to the markers, which provide legibility for about 35% longer than the standard type. The new Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic is supplied with a black alligator strap with contrasting ecru stitching.
 
RADIOMIR 1940 3 DAYS AUTOMATIC ACCIAIO – 42mm
 
 
MOVEMENT: Automatic mechanical, P.4000 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai.
FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds.
CASE: 42 mm, AISI 316L polished steel.
DIAL: Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Seconds at 9 o’clock.
POWER RESERVE: 72H.
WATER-RESISTANCE: 10 bar (~100 metres).
 
A Remarkable Synthesis of Watchmaking Technology and Art, of Function And Design, Of Form and Content: Making Its Debut in The New Radiomir 1940 is the P.2003/10 Calibre, A Movement with A Finely Skeletonised Oscillating Weight, Which Enables a Power Reserve of Ten Days to Be Stored.
 
Officine Panerai presents the Radiomir 1940 10 Days GMT Automatic in two new exclusive Special Editions where the beauty and simplicity of the Radiomir 1940 design is for the first time combined with the P.2003/10 manufacture movement, the automatic calibre with date, GMT function and a power reserve of a full ten days, which is presented for the first time in an elegantly skeletonised version.
 
Designed, made and beautifully engraved and decorated in the Panerai Manufacture at Neuchâtel, the P.2003/10 movement is the first skeletonised automatic movement from Officine Panerai, an impressive synthesis of technology and art, of form and content. The technology is revealed in the top-end characteristics of the calibre: with a diameter of 13¾ lignes (31 mm) and three spring barrels which give the watch a power reserve of ten days, the movement has 25 jewels and a balance which makes 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz). The main functions are hours, minutes, small seconds, date and linear indication of the remaining power reserve at 6 o’clock. Useful for travellers, there is also a central arrow hand enabling the time in a second time zone to be read, with the relative AM/PM indication on the counter at 9 o’clock. Finally, two very useful devices make setting the watch extremely simply and precise: the first is the mechanism which stops the balance and zeroes the seconds hand as soon as the winding crown is pulled out; the second enables the local time hand to be adjusted forward and backward in jumps of one hour at a time, without stopping the minute hand or interfering with the running of the watch, but automatically adjusting the date.
 
The artistic aspect consists of the delicately worked skeletonising, which reveals the complexity and sophistication of the movement. At first glance it is the rotor of the oscillating weight which catches the eye, grooved and with highly finished engraving embellishing the inscription “Officine Panerai” on the outer edge. The engraving operation is very delicate, not only on account of the technical expertise required to carry it out, but also because the rotor must not be lightened too much: beyond a certain limit it would lose too much weight to be able to wind the springs properly. Beneath the rotor, which rotates in both directions, the skeletonised bridges and barrels can be seen, which reveal the technical structure of the various components and their chamfered and polished edges. Such a high standard of finish is the mark of top class calibres and demonstrates the abilities and skills of the Officine Panerai Manufacture.
 
The Radiomir 1940 case is immediately recognisable by its lines of exemplary simplicity, a testimony to the purity of Italian design of the 1930s and 1940s. Made of 5NPT red gold, it is 45 mm in diameter. The dial has an elegant satiné soleil finish and an impeccable aesthetic balance which enables all the functions of the watch to be read immediately and clearly. The structure of the dial is the classic sandwich, invented by Panerai to provide the maximum visibility and legibility of its indications even in very low lighting conditions: two superimposed discs contain the luminous material which shines through the holes made in the upper disc, which correspond to the dial markings.
 
The new Radiomir 1940 10 Days GMT Automatic is available in two versions: with a brown dial and alligator strap in brown (PAM00624) or in black (PAM00625). Both models are water-resistant to 5 bar (a depth of about 50 metres).
 
RADIOMIR 1940 10 DAYS GMT AUTOMATIC ORO ROSSO – 45mm
 
 
MOVEMENT: Skeleton automatic mechanical, P.2003/10 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai.
FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, second time zone, 24h indicator, linear power reserve indicator, seconds reset.
CASE: 45mm, 18 ct. polished red gold.
DIAL: Brown with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds and 24h indicator at 9 o’clock, linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock.
POWER RESERVE: 240H.
WATER RESISTANCE: 5 bar (~50 metres).
 
RADIOMIR 1940 10 DAYS GMT AUTOMATIC ORO ROSSO – 45mm
 
 
MOVEMENT: Skeleton automatic mechanical, P.2003/10 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai.
FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, second time zone, 24h indicator, linear power reserve indicator, seconds reset.
CASE: 45mm, 18 ct. polished red gold.
DIAL: Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds and 24h indicator at 9 o’clock, linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock.
POWER RESERVE: 240H.
WATER RESISTANCE: 5 bar (~50 metres).
 
Officine Panerai Again Pays Tribute to The Genius of Galileo Galilei with a New Radiomir 1940 Dedicated To “Lo Scienziato” (“The Scientist”) Who, Through His Research, Laid the Foundations of The Science of Time Measurement.
 
In honour of its own Florentine origins, Officine Panerai has for many years been promoting the genius of Galileo Galilei as a tribute to the great Tuscan scientist who, by formulating the law of isochronism of the small oscillations of the pendulum, revolutionised the history of time measurement. Thanks to the sponsorship of Officine Panerai, in 2012 the Museo Galileo in Florence created a section where period exhibits and interactive multimedia devices illustrate Galileo’s decisive contribution to the history of time measurement. At the same time, Officine Panerai created a range of exclusive timepieces of the highest quality named “Lo Scienziato”, which are a tribute to the memory and fundamental legacy of the great physicist, philosopher, mathematician and astronomer.
 
Officine Panerai’s most recent creation in the “Lo Scienziato” range is the new Radiomir 1940 Tourbillon GMT Oro Rosso – 48mm, a timepiece with remarkable aesthetic impact and impressive technical features, developed by the “Laboratorio di Idee” of the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. What immediately stands out is the sophisticated work of skeletonising the P. 2005/S movement, the hand-wound calibre with a tourbillon regulator which brings this superb timepiece to life. Every component has been reduced to its essential structure and it is therefore possible to admire the arrangement, finish and action of the movement in great detail, both through the dial and the back.
 
The most fascinating attraction is undoubtedly the rotation of the tourbillon cage. The mechanism created by Officine Panerai is unusual in that a single rotation is completed in 30 seconds – instead of the traditional 60 – and it rotates on a perpendicular axis, instead of parallel to that of the balance wheel. This special construction compensates more effectively position errors caused by the force of gravity, thus ensuring more accurate time measurement.
 
The skeletonised bridges and plates not only reveal the fascinating interlacing of the gear wheels and components of the watch but also the unwinding of the springs inside the three barrels which give the timepiece a power reserve of six days. The power reserve remaining is indicated on the back of the movement. “Lo Scienziato” is presented for the first time in a Radiomir 1940 case of 5NPT red gold, the diameter of which is an imposing 48 mm. To enable the sophisticated skeletonising to be admired, the watch does not have a normal dial: the small seconds dial at 9 o’clock, with its indicator dot rotating simultaneously with the tourbillon cage, and the counter at three o’clock, with the AM/PM indication are integral with the movement. On the other hand, the linear hour-markers and numbers, all coated in ecru Super-LumiNova® are directly fixed to the black flange on which the name “Lo Scienziato” is engraved.
 
The P.2005/S movement also has the GMT function with a central hand indicating a second time zone, day/night indication on an auxiliary dial at three o/clock and the system for quickly setting local time. This is done by means of a star wheel with 12 teeth and a small friction spring, which enables the single hour hand to be adjusted in jumps, without interfering with the movement of the minute hands or the running of the watch.
 
Produced in a limited edition of 30 units, the new Radiomir 1940 Tourbillon GMT (PAM00559) comes with a black alligator strap and a polished red gold folding buckle. Like all Panerai watches, even the most valuable and sophisticated, the new model is water-resistant, in this case to 5 bar (equivalent to a depth of 50 metres).
 
LO SCIENZIATO - RADIOMIR 1940 TOURBILLON GMT ORO ROSSO – 48mm
 
 
MOVEMENT: Skeleton hand-wound mechanical, P.2005/S calibre, executed entirely by Panerai.
FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds, second time zone, 24h indicator, power reserve indicator on the back, tourbillon.
CASE: 48 mm, 18 ct. polished red gold.
POWER RESERVE: 144H.
WATER RESISTANCE: 5 bar (~50 metres).
 
 
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