First shown at Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong last year, The Radiomir 1940 10 Days GMT Automatic from Officine Panerai comes in two new exclusive Special Editions. The Radiomir 1940 design combined for the first time with the P.2003/10 manufacture movement, the automatic caliber with date, GMT function and a power reserve of no less than ten days, in a new skeletonized version. The end result is rather like a best of the best of Radiomir and Luminor.
The 45 mm Radiomir 1940 case is made of 5NPT red gold and is water-resistant to 50m. The dial, which is available either in black or brown, features an elegant satiné soleil finish and the famous sandwich structure invented by Panerai to provide the maximum visibility and legibility of its indications even in low lighting conditions.
Entirely designed, made and decorated in the Panerai Manufacture at Neuchâtel, the P.2003/10 movement is the first skeletonized automatic movement from Officine Panerai. Its functions include hours, minutes, small seconds, date as well as a linear indication of the remaining power reserve at 6 o’clock, and a second time zone displayed by an arrow hand, with the AM/PM indication on the counter at 9 o’clock.
The mechanism can stop the balance and zeroes the seconds hand as soon as the winding crown is pulled out; the local time hand can 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 delicately worked skeletonizing reveals the complexity and sophistication of the movement. The rotor of the oscillating weight is grooved and embellished with the engraving inscription “Officine Panerai” on the outer edge. Beneath the rotor, which rotates in both directions, the skeletonized bridges and barrels can be seen, revealing the structure of the various components with their chamfered and polished edges.
Fitted with a dial-matching alligator leather strap, the 1940 10 Days GMT oro rosso comes in at a rather hefty US$35,900.
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