All the finishing appears to be machine-produced, but the edges of these plates and the countersinks are well beveled and polished nevertheless — adding a bit of flair to an otherwise very technical looking motion. The P.5000 additionally includes an impressively low number of components at only 127 in total.A power reserve indicator arguably could have been a nice component but would definitely have driven up the cost and added sophistication. So, in this case and paired with all the 192-hour power book, I didn’t miss it much.Price for its Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is CHF 5,700, that is CHF 1,200 dearer than the PAM630, which has essentially the same dial (different lume colour and base emblem at 6) but the OP I (ETA 6497) hand-wound movement instead of this P.5000. To put it differently, the P.5000 with its 8-day power book will run you an extra CHF 1,200 which, for anyone comfortable with Swiss luxury watch pricing practices, really is not that big of a jump.Sticking with the P.5000, Panerai has a wide range of choices to the PAM561 including the same watch with a black dial (PAM560) in addition to a titanium-clad model (PAM562) for CHF 600 more.
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.