The Panerai Radiomir Paneristi

by Lewis Jordan
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Few brands of any description, let alone a luxury watch manufacturer, achieve a level of popularity grand enough to bolster a fervent community of loyalists. For a brand to have such a dedicated sector of their fanbase, devoted to the traditions of the Maison they revere, traditions dating back more than a century for Panerai Firenze.

This is a task gladly taken up by the fervent ‘Paneristi’, the dedicated core of collectors at the heart of the Panerai brands popularity. In the year 2000, during the rise of the internet era, and at the dawn of what would become peak Panerai passion, was founded.

The website served as a dedicated hub for all those interested in Panerai’s offerings and legacy. So to mark the 20 years since its inception, Panerai joins forces with their Paneristi in creating the new Radiomir Paneristi 45mm.

The new 45mm Radiomir (PAM02020) will release in limited supply of 1020 pieces worldwide, and showcases the intense creative process involving close collaboration between the Laboratorio di-Idee, Panerai’s technical and creative team, and the Paneristi themselves. 

The model reinterprets the distinctive design of the first Radiomir, which dates to the second half of the 1930s and is a quintessential Italian design that retains its appeal after almost a century. Elements of the revamped model include gorgeous beige Super-LumiNova and a brown dial, with a finish that simulates the effects of time on original specimens that have survived to this day.

The Radiomir Paneristi 45mm also stands out for the use of sword-shaped gold colour hands, a typical element of the original models, and a design element being embraced by the brand more of late. Additionally, the presence of AISI 316L steel finished with a matte, almost weathered patina on the bezel and case, and the word “VENTI” engraved between the lugs at 6 o’clock further pays tribute to the community.

The Radiomir 45mm conforms to the mechanical specifications of models dating back to the dawn of the Firenze based manufacturer. It features a manually wound mechanical movement, entirely conceived, designed, and developed by the Panerai Manufacturer in Neuchâtel.

Resilient and stable thanks to the presence of a bridge with dual supports, Calibre P.6000 is equipped with a device that stops the balance wheel when the crown is pulled out and features a three-day power reserve provided by a single barrel. The watch is to be water resistant up to 10 bar (about 100 meters), and is accompanied by a beige strap in calfskin suede with tone-on-tone stitching and a hot-stamped “OP” logo. In vintage style, it features a trapezoidal pin buckle in steel with an aged patina effect.

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