As far as background goes, in its earliest days Panerai Watch 000 Replica had used 8-day power book watches powered by Angelus movements. This was to fulfill military requirements in an effort to produce the watches more reliable within a longer period of time and, reportedly, not to demand constant adjustment of the time and rewinding of their movement, rescuing the crown gaskets from premature wear.Speaking of that, I entrusted it for you guys out of fascination: it takes about one minute and 45 minutes to fully end a stop motion – and boy, is that a good deal of winding! Winding is not one of those enjoyable experiences the PAM561 can offer, either. As the crown hardly extends over the airplane of the concave top of the crown guard, you have to go and grab hold of the crown innumerable times while the sharp edge of the shield itself and the coined border of the crown create matters a bit less comfortable.The motion itself is in accord with Panerai manufacture caliber aesthetics: it is rugged first, interesting second, and beautiful third. It is among the most rugged-looking calibers out there, with just one enormous plate covering the equipment train and the two barrels, and a single bridge that holds the balance wheel secure. Revealed is a huge – and I do mean huge – third wheel that’s fastened by a skeletonized bridge. Deep underneath it, close to the barrel, is the center wheel while nearer to the balance wheel, and again deep in the guts of this motion, is the fourth wheel and the escapement.The balance wheel itself is obviously a free-sprung structure, meaning its precision is adjusted via the old-school and clearly more elegant means of variable moment of inertia screws at the periphery of the balance wheel. Panerai clarifies the bridge supporting the equilibrium is fixed by two screws under which are threaded rings which turn in both directions. The objective of this is to correct the “end-shake” of the equilibrium staff pivots. This technical solution assists the escapement to keep on running more easily in case of shocks.
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.