With every run of Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong comes a gamut of new heroes. And for Panerai this year, it's the Radiomir 1940 3 Days timepiece with a new hand-wound movement created by their new manufacture in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
The Radiomir 1940 collection recalls the transformation of the original Radiomir case (created in 1936) to the grand Luminor 1950 case (fitted with the iconic crown protection device). Featuring pure and simple lines, with a touch of modernity, the new Radiomir 1940 collection continues to be a perennial classic even decades after its creation.
Measuring in a 42mm, the new Radiomir 1940 3 Days is available in either polished steel or 18ct red gold (crafted from a special gold alloy containing copper and platinum) and boasts a power reserve of three days (hence the name) driven by an in-house P.1000 movement visible through a sapphire crystal porthole on the back of the timepiece.
The sandwich structure of the black dial face (comprising of two superimposed discs with a luminous substance shining through the perferorations of the upper disc) was invented in the '30s and sports large and luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers to maximise visibility and legibility.
The timepiece is available in two variations: A steel model with a green alligator strap coordinated with the light green of the Super-LumiNova (water resistant to 100 metres); and a red gold model with a timeless black alligator strap (water resistant to 50 metres).