Our favourite timepiece from Panerai's 'Dive into Time' exhibition
Under the sea
Delve into the world of Panerai with their 'Dive into Time' exhibition running from 18 to 21 May. Held in the crypt of the former Basilica of San Pancrazio — home of the Marino Marini Museum in the centre of Florence — the exhibition showcases the Italian brand's rich heritage and also unveils remarkable new timepieces, including the Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon PAM 600 (Special Edition); Radiomir Firenze PAM00672 (Special Edition); Luminor Due timepiece; and Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic with a P.9010 movement.
But what caught out attention was the hero piece: The Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater PAM 600. A natural blend of Italian design, Swiss technology, and a passion for the sea has resulted in a new P.2005/MR Manufacture movement — a hand-wound skeleton calibre fitted with a high-end minute repeater mechanism that can be utilised for two time zones. The watch is fitted with three hammers so that the carillon mechanism can play a melody; similar to a bell. The first gong is the lowest and identifies the hour, while the highest gong indicates individual minutes. What sets this minute repeater apart from traditional models, is that the second gong creates triple chimes; with each triple chime corresponding to ten minute intervals instead of fifteen.
The timepiece also features a tourbillon that rotates on an axis perpendicular to the balance. Unlike traditoinal tourbillons that take 60 seconds to complete one rotation, the Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater PAM 600 only takes 30 seconds. The added speed and particular arrangement of the mechanism compensates for rates of change; and, as such, ensures greater accuracy and precision. With skelotonisation, the acoustics of the watch is improved and the wearer can also admire the intricacies of the watch.
As with all Panerai watches, the hand-wound mechanical watch is water-resistant and exhibits Panerai identity with the historic Radiomir 1940 49mm case, characteristic bar markers, and figures covered with Super-LumiNova; all encased in 18 carat red gold. The timepiece has a power reserve of 96 hours and is also optimisable: Be it with the choice of strap, hands, or crafting the case in a different material.