#SIHH 2013 Live: Panerai
Last focus of this second day spent at the SIHH 2013. Panerai fans will probably envy us but we take the risk. Yes! We just saw and tried the most beautiful pieces by Officine Panerai this year and some may enter our Top 10 of the show. And you?
Still and always, Officine Panerai remains for many the brand that invented the Radiomir and a few years later, has created a collection of timepieces entered the history of watchmaking.
Nearly a century after the development of its first dedicated instruments to the Italian Navy, it is always in the sea that Officine Panerai draws its inspiration.
Panerai family of manufacture movements grow this year with two major innovations in the field of chronographs: P.9100 caliber, the first automatic winding chronograph movement with flyback function by Panerai (see here), and the subtle caliber P. 9100 / R, which combines the chronograph function to the regattas countdown.
The regatta countdown is an instrument of the highest technical content for all the sailors and navigators who take part each year in the international races of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge, the main international circuit for vintage and classic yachts.
Then, the new Panerai collection includes several fascinating versions of the historic Radiomir 1940 case. This represents the moment of transition, in about 1940, from the first cushion case that was characteristic of the Radiomir of 1936 and 1938 to the more massive Luminor, distinguished by the device protecting the winding crown, the definitive version of which was established in about 1950.
And here, we totally felt for the two 42mm models Radiomir 1940 steel and ORO ROSSO. More elegant and discreet than their older sisters 1940 3 Days 47mm (too big), they can be worn in all conditions and admire without moderation…
Finally, highlight of the show, the new and extraordinarily complex tourbillon squelette is a testimony to the skill and expertise of the master watchmakers of Neuchâtel and the research and development carried out by Officine Panerai’s Workshop of Ideas. It is used in the first Panerai pocket watch, a remarkable timepiece in ceramic reserved for collectors of the most exclusive and sophisticated Special Editions.
This watch is an original creation which brings together the P.2005/S movement and the Radiomir case in ceramic.