Aside from the motion, the case silhouette, which sandwich dial, the other signature element of this Luminor family of watches is that lever-operated security system for dogging the crown down. This system is simple, robust, and smart. The curved locking lever has a small roller on the end of it which, when you lock it down, presses on the wafer-shaped crown against a gasket in the tube, sealing the watch. It’s more complicated than the usual screw-down crown, but it also offers an extremely positive system for ensuring water remains out of this situation and it is an excellent alternative to the slightly neater sense of a screwed-down crown (and there is no probability of cross-threading either, as sometimes happens with watches whose crowns are screwed into position). The other big benefit of this locking lever is that it’s just plain fun to play with, and although to do so too much is sort of against the spirit of this watch (the entire point of the eight day movement was supposed to reduce to a minimum the period of time the crown is in an unlocked position) at precisely the same time you will likely discover the urge to play with it irresistible.Despite the dimensions, this is only one of the easiest-to-wear watches I have ever had on. As a result of this thick but still pliable strap, which tapers in thickness in the lugs into the tip, it seems really secure and it’s a joy to get on. The very best thing about it, other than the opportunity to play with the locking lever, is the dial; this item glows like a crop moon.This is a tiny private note; my very first memory of a watch was my Dad’s Benrus, shining like crazy in 1968, therefore any watch that lights up the night the way PAM 560 does is fine by me. The motion is a far better piece of work than that I gave it credit for initially. It is honest, it appears bulletproof and it’s a ton of really nice chronometric features hard to find at this cost, and if you would like something with the total amount of design the PAM 560 has that also has a totally free balance and 8 times of gasoline at the tank it has a really small list. I am a late convert to the Panerai loyal and I’m not saying there are other watches out there for this price point that don’t offer you a wonderful value too — but then again, they aren’t Panerais.
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 Straps 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.