Panerai has announced three additions to the Radiomir line. Information is a bit thin at this point, but here’s what we know (lots of pictures)…
Radiomir Black Seal 8 Days Acciaio – 45mm (PAM00609)
The 45mm case houses Panerai’s in-house P.5000 hand-wound movement with small seconds at 9 o’clock, made in the brand’s Neuchâtel manufacture. The movement features an eight-day power reserve, while the 316L stainless steel case offers 100-meter water resistance.
The new Radiomir 8 Days Acciaio is a simpler, dressier version of the PAM609 presented above. This model, also measuring 45mm, omits the small seconds for a cleaner look, and the black strap makes this the perfect Panerai for evening attire.
Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic Titanio – 45mm (PAM00619)
This Radiomir 1940 features traditional lugs, formed from the same block of material as the case, and in this case, we’re talking about titanium – indeed two types of titanium. The caseband – the center section of the case that includes the lugs – is grade 2 titanium, an especially light alloy (40% lighter than steel) that is highly resistant to corrosion and amenable to being machined into complex forms. The bezel and crown, on the other hand, are grade 5 titanium, which unlike the former, can be polished to provide a pleasingly contrasting finish.
The brown dial is the sandwich-construction variety, originally created by Panerai in the 1930s to ensure maximum legibility in low light. The ecru SuperLuminova gives the dial a tasty vintage patina.
The display back offers a view of the Panerai P.4000 caliber. Designed and made entirely in Panerai’s Neuchâtel manufacture, this is the brand’s first automatic movement with a decentralized rotor. This construction allows a thinner movement. To maintain its winding efficiency, the rotor is fashioned from tungsten, a material with a particularly high specific weight, and it winds in both directions. The heavy rotor winds two barrels that allow the movement to run for three days on a single wind.