The saying 'an oldie but a goodie' has never rang truer than in every line of the new Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio timepieces. Two special editions that pay homage to a rare watch hailing from the '30s epoch of the maison's history, these reproduced classics are traditional masculine watches given a contemporary refresh that brings to light the fundamental attributes behind Panerai's DNA.
Retaining its vintage silhouette with the distinct 12-sided bezel perched upon a cushion frame, the Radiomir mimics its progenitor with this symmetrical construction and similarly sports the 'Officine Panerai — Brevettato' inscription on the back — an engraving that references its patented luminous dial that eventually saw the timepiece utilised by the Royal Italian Navy. Sized at the same 47mm, dials come in either a brand new, unique shaded brown or black to recall the appearance of the original model. Understated and minimalist, the watch faces are exemplary of Panerai aesthetics that favour sleek simplicity combined with maximum legibility. And the improved, cutting-edge complication ticking beneath this well-dressed façade? A P.3000 hand-wound mechanical movement fabricated from scratch by Panerai Manufacture at their workshop in Neuchâtel. Displayed in a transparent sapphire caseback window, even the calibre takes on a vintage fit, measuring the 161/2 lignes typical of watches from the '30s.
A history-inspired timepiece that stays true to its rich heritage, the Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio is classic elegance that loses not a single iota of its clout even 80 years down the line. Talk about a veritable blast from the past that looks right at home in 2016.
The Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Acciaio is available at the Officine Panerai boutique at Ion Orchard, #01-18.