Panerai returns once more to what they call “Our Ocean.” . .or a while after.Historically, Mare Nostrum stood for “Our Sea” in Latin and it was the Roman’s title for the Mediterranean Sea. However, if you are more on-point using the background of Panerai than that of this planet, you will know that Mare Nostrum has been the name of the organization’s very first chronograph, reportedly created for deck officers in the Italian Navy.As you would imagine, given the standing of mid-20th century Panerai, and the appalling conditions of World War II, the original Mare Nostrum prototype was a appropriate monstrum of a wristwatch. For starters, it measured some 52mm broad, and was named Mare Nostrum following the term first used by the Romans — and, well, later first revived by Italian nationalists following the 1861 unification of Italy and then from the fascists of World War II. As such, the origins of this name “Mare Nostrum” can be traced back into the age of the expanding Roman Empire, but you really need not look back that far in time to really have a clue as to why it was termed as such from the Italy of the early 1940s. Funnily enough, many sources state that the 1943 model of the Mare Nostrum never made it into production as a result of turmoils of the war — seems like a lazy explanation, because at what other time than through warfare would a watch designed specifically for the army function of any real use? Anyhow, Panerai also produced other apparatus under the name Mare Nostrum — so while they weren’t too excited about the opinion, they were keen on the title, it sounds. Additional Panerai Mare Nostrum items included delay and timing apparatus for torpedoes and some other explosives used by the Italian military during WWII — just check out that striking appearing Mare Nostrum chronograph boasting a Minerva quality and a few nifty anti-vibration apparatus.
Panerai has long offered watches with engraved hunter cases known as the Luminor Sealand, initially decorated by the gunmaker Purdey (its sister company in Richemont) and now by anonymous Italian craftsmen. Now it has extended the theme of an engraved case to the Radiomir with the PAM605, the most artisanal timepiece in its SIHH 2015 collection. The Radiomir Firenze has a 47 mm steel case entirely engraved, front and side, with a Florentine motif.
Found on the case front, four sides as well as the crown, the engraved decoration is in the Florentine style, with the Florentine lily (or fleur-de-lis) being the central theme. Engraving is usually done with lines or dots, in this case the motif is engraved with lines which are then filled with black lacquer for contrast.
On the other hand, traditional high-end engraving achieves contrast with varying the fineness of the engraved lines or dots, a technique evident in the early Panerai-Purdey Sealand watches. The same effect can be found on currency, which are printed with hand-engraved copper plates. Nonetheless, the case decoration of the Radiomir Firenze takes a week to complete.
Like most other hand-wound Panerai Watches In Films Replica watches with a 47mm case, this is equipped with the P.3000. Panerai’s in-house equivalent of a pocket watch movement, the P.3000 has a three day power reserve.
Though not evident in the photos, the dial is finished with a fine sun ray brushed pattern and is a deep, dark grey. It has a sandwich construction with ivory Super-Luminova.
The Radiomir Firenze is a limited edition of just 99 pieces, evidence of Panerai’s shifting strategy as the brand matures and the overall watch market slows. Smaller runs like this will become more prominent, rather than the 1000 or 1500 piece editions that were standard issue in the past.
Sold only at Panerai’s store in Florence, the Radiomir Firenze PAM00604 costs €17,000 before taxes.