Officine Panerai chose one of the most beautiful cities to be the highlight of its newest Special Editions which will be available only in the brand’s boutique in Lisbon, located in Avenida da Liberdade. Two new models – Lisbon Luminor Marina (PAM541) watch and Lisbon Radiomir (PAM 550) 10 Days GMT – display the famous “Padrão dos Descobrimentos” monument on their case-backs, a Portuguese tribute to a glorious era marked by great discoveries of the new continents. Both powered by in-house mechanical movements, these beautiful commemorative pieces from Lisbons’ Boutique Special Editions bring together the high-end horological performaces and an exquisite vintage look that strictly follows design codes of the brand’s iconic lines.
The Radiomir 10 Days GMT Watch (PAM 550) is a very robust stainless steel case with the diameter of 47 mm. It incorporates a removable wire loop strap attachments and a round, brilliantly polished bezel. Finally, there is a screw-down winding crown with an interesting classical ‘jewellery style” design. As I have already said, the screw-down case-back features the engraved image of the famous monument located on the northern bank of the Tagus River estuary in Lisbon. The polished frame of this engraving has very interesting 12-sided shape which Panerai has recreantly presented on the front side of another Special Edition (PAM 521). The engraving is emphasized by mirror polishing which makes a great contrast with a circular satin-finished background.
A wide, black dial presents a great arrangement, definitely one of the most appealing when it comes to Panerai’s timepieces. Luminous Arabic numerals come in different sizes, providing a nice aesthetic touch. At the 9 o’clock position, there is a second time-zone and small seconds sub-dial, while the date window takes the 3 o’clock position. Finally, there is a linear power-reserve indicator at the 6 o’clock position. The GMT hand has an interesting arrow shape with the tip covered with luminescent material. The dial is protected with a sapphire crystal, made from corundum which is just 1.9 mm thick and has anti-reflective coating. An elegant, vintage looking, brow leather strap with white stitching and a large-size polished steel buckle goes perfectly with the robust, cushion shaped Radiomir case.
Inside the case, there is a P.2003 Calibre self-winding mechanism. Executed completely by Panerai, it comprises 296 components, including 25 jewels and beats at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Thanks to three barrels, it provides extraordinary power-reserve of 10 days. This great watch has solid water-resistance of up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Lisbon Luminor Marina (PAM 541) Watch
This masculine diving timepiece features a 44 mm case made of AISI 316L polished stainless steel. It comes with a round polished bezel and the crown covered by the brand’s characteristic protective device in brushed steel. The case-back is the same as the one of the previously reviewed model, except of the inscription on the outer rim that informs us about the superb water-resistance of up to 300 meters (990 feet).
A 3.5 mm thick sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating covers a black dial with the characteristic Panerai design. Arabic numerals and markers are highly legible, as well as hour and minute hands. The small-sconds sub-dial is located at the 9 o’clock position. Finally, there is a drawing of the human torpedo which Panerai often uses as the logo on its timepieces.
The Lisbon Luminor Marina watch is powered by OP II Calibre hand-winding mechanism which is certified by C.O.S.C. as the chronometer. It oscillates at the frequency of 21’600 beats per hour and ensures 56 hours of power-reserve. The watch is presented with both a personalized leather strap and an interchangeable stainless steel bracelet for diving operations.
Lisbons’ Boutique Special Editions will be presented at an exhibition to be held in the Torreão Nascente, located on the historical square Terreiro do Paço. Along with these interesting watches, Panerai will exhibit its 2013 novelties.