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OFFICINE PANERAI & THE LEGACY OF THE RADIOMIR

From the 1930s to Modern Day


The history of the Panerai Radiomir traces back to the early 20th century when Officine Panerai, an Italian watch company, supplied precision instruments and timekeeping devices to the Italian Navy. The company's collaboration with the Navy led to the development of robust and highly legible watches that could withstand the demanding conditions of military operations. In the late 1930s, Panerai introduced the Radiomir watch, named after the luminous radium-based paint used on its dial. The Radiomir was designed to provide exceptional visibility in low-light conditions, making it ideal for military use. The distinctive features of the Radiomir included its cushion-shaped case, large Arabic numerals, and luminous markers and hands.


During World War II, the Radiomir gained further prominence as it became the timepiece of choice for the Italian frogmen commandos. These elite divers relied on the Radiomir's accuracy, robustness, and legibility for their covert underwater missions.

Over the years, Panerai continued to refine and improve the Radiomir, incorporating advancements in materials and technology. In the 1940s, the original Radiomir design was modified to enhance its water resistance, resulting in the creation of the patented crown-protecting device. This feature, known as the crown guard, became an iconic characteristic of Panerai watches.


While the Radiomir was initially designed for military use, its distinctive aesthetics and functional design soon attracted the attention of watch enthusiasts and collectors. In the 1990s, Panerai began producing civilian versions of the Radiomir, making these legendary timepieces available to a wider audience. Today, the Panerai Radiomir collection continues to pay homage to its rich heritage while incorporating contemporary elements and innovative features. The watches retain the classic cushion-shaped case, legible dials, and luminous accents, representing the enduring legacy of the Radiomir and its significant role in the history of Panerai.

Panerai Radiomir PAM00316 Tourbillon showing on wrist

Panerai Radiomir Tourbillon GMT Platino and the P.2005 Calibre


The Panerai P.2005 movement is a true testament to Panerai's commitment to technical excellence and innovation. It represents the brand's first in-house tourbillon movement in its original form, showcasing their mastery of horological craftsmanship.


At the heart of the P.2005 calibre is the sophisticated tourbillon regulator, a device initially designed for pocket watches but ingeniously reinterpreted by Panerai for wristwatches. The tourbillon serves to continuously rotate the balance wheel and escapement assembly, counteracting the negative effects of gravity and friction on timekeeping accuracy. What sets the Panerai tourbillon apart is its unique configuration – the cage housing the balance wheel and escapement rotates on an axis perpendicular to that of the balance wheel, rather than parallel.


One remarkable feature of the P.2005 movement is the increased speed of the tourbillon's rotation. While traditional tourbillons complete one rotation in one minute, the Panerai P.2005 calibre achieves a faster pace with the cage making one full rotation in just 30 seconds. This increased speed, combined with the precise arrangement of the balance wheel and escapement, enhances the watch's ability to compensate for positional errors that occur as the timepiece is worn on the wrist throughout the day.


The tourbillon itself is not visible from the dial side, preserving the clean aesthetic of the watch. However, it can be admired through the exhibition case back, offering a captivating view of this intricate and mesmerising complication. Adjacent to the tourbillon is the indicator for the impressive 6-day power reserve, displayed by a hand that moves in a circular arc.


To provide a discreet visual confirmation of the tourbillon's presence and operation, Panerai incorporates a small coloured disc in the auxiliary small-seconds dial on the dial side. Linked to the tourbillon cage, this disc moves at the same high speed, completing two rotations per minute and serving as a subtle reminder of the watch's exceptional horological engineering.


 

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The Radiomir Tourbillon GMT Platino PAM00316 is a true horological marvel, showcasing Panerai's technical prowess and dedication to pushing the boundaries of watchmaking. With its precision, innovation, and limited edition status, this 48mm Radiomir is a rare and highly sought-after gem for discerning collectors and enthusiasts alike. You can check out this phenomenal timepiece below:



Panerai P.2005 Tourbillon Movement

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