Sandwich dials are entertaining and all, but your first Panerai Watches Second Hand Replica more than probably had that already, and the PAM561 is more like your second or third at line, as I mentioned above, where you do need something fresh in the subtleties that leave you Panerai different from another. The prominent “8 DAYS” indicating above six o’clock describes this P.5000 in-house grade — but until we move on to that, only one more word (and also my only gripe with the PAM561) on legibility.The black numerals along with the black painted hands using their off-white (but not faux classic!) Centre contrast beautifully against the sharp white dial — the lume pips and the middle of the palms turn clearly green if it’s bright out, the superbly excellent Panerai lume is so strong. Stay indoors for more, however, as the lume discharges (and doesn’t get much charge from ambient lights), these components return to being white.Everlastingly good colour contrast aside, however, the only two hands on the PAM561 are simply way too short. I noticed this in official images but during the delight of unpacking a newly obtained inspection unit, they stood out for me as too short — and, frankly, I don’t see why this was necessary. The minute hand falls way short of the trail it is by definition assumed to achieve, and the hour hand sometimes just looks “missing” from the sea of white, coming in way too short to become even remotely near the outer edge of the dial (it hardly reaches halfway across).Perhaps more and heavier palms could have put additional strain on the motion, but if anything else, an 8-day power reserve movement ought to have sufficient torque to move these thin and light hands round. I personally will go so far as to say I would have exchanged a day or two of electricity book for more hands.With that, on the motion we proceed: dubbed the P.5000, it is one of Panerai’s tirelessly expanding array of in-house movements and pretty much the most economical among them.
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 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.