Once again, Panerai reinvented its past by creating a series of retro chronographs with original design which is however inspired by the brand’s historic models. Three new models, which were officially presented at the just finished SIHH 2014 in Geneva, feature characteristic robust Radiomir 1940 cases, made either of platinum, red gold or white gold. Even with its Minerva based chronograph movement, the renowned watchmaker recalls its historical ties. Depending on a version, there are three different color combinations, each of which has a high aesthetic value. New Panerai Radiomir 1940 Chronographs (PAM 518, PAM 519 and PAM 520) are true refreshments in the brand’s Special Edition range.
Each model comes with a characteristic cushion case with the diameter of 45 mm. Its simple and elegant architecture is a heritage of models from 1940s, which compared to earlier Radiomir cases, became more robust. Bezel, lugs, push-pieces and a crown, as well as the sides of the case are all beautifully polished, which looks especially impressive on the red gold model (PAM 519).
This stunning watch features a brown dial and a matching leather strap with prominent white stitching.
The platinum version (PAM 518) comes with a white dial and a light brown strap, while the third, white gold model (PAM 520) combines a black dial and a matching strap.
Very interesting, retro style dial combines graphic hour markers with Roman and Arabic numerals. It has a sandwich structure, which means that it is made of two superimposed plates with the luminous material between them, visible through apertures. The tachymeter scale on the outer rim, the railway style of the minute track, as well as the design of two chrono counters contribute to the vintage look of this cool looking interface.
Completely revealed through plexiglass crystal case-back, there is a high-end Panerai OP XXV Calibre. This hand-wound movement features a column wheel chronograph with horizontal coupling and a swan neck regulator. It is built on a Minerva 13-22 base, paying tribute to the historical links between the Swiss movement manufacturer and Panerai, which started in the 1920s. The movement has a low frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour and provides about 55 hours of power-reserve.
Besides its technological value, it is also a high-end creation in aesthetic terms, which is emphasized with Côtes de Genève decoration on its bridges.