Sandwich dials are entertaining and all, but your first Panerai more than likely had that previously, along with the PAM561 is similar to your second or third in the line, as I mentioned previously, in which you do need something new at the subtleties that leave you Panerai different from the other. The prominent “8 DAYS” marking preceding six o’clock refers to this P.5000 in-house grade — but until we move on to that, just one more word (and also my only gripe with the PAM561) on legibility.The black numerals and the black painted palms using their off-white (although not artificial vintage!) Centre contrast beautifully against the white dial — the lume pips and the middle of the hands turn noticeably green if it is bright outside, the famously excellent Panerai lume is indeed powerful. Stay inside for more, however, as the lume discharges (and doesn’t get much control from ambient lights), these components go back to being white.Everlastingly very good color comparison aside, but the only two hands on the PAM561 are simply way too short. I noticed this in official pictures but during the excitement of unpacking a freshly obtained review unit, they stood out to me too short — and, frankly, I really don’t see why this was essential. The minute hand falls way short of this track it is by definition supposed to reach, along with the hour occasionally just looks “lost” in the sea of white, coming in way too short to be even remotely near the outer edge of the dial (it hardly reaches halfway across).Perhaps more and heavier hands would have put additional strain on the movement, but if anything else, an 8-day power reserve movement ought to have enough torque to move them thin and light hands around. I goes so far as to say I would have exchanged a day or two of power reserve for longer hands.With that, onto the movement we go: dubbed the P.5000, it is but one of Panerai’s tirelessly expanding range of in-house moves and pretty much the most affordable 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 24mm Watch Strap 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.