This is the most stripped-down view in Panerai’s present collection and additionally, it represents the entry level price into the world of Panerai Watches San Francisco Replica in-house movements. It is really a rather new movement — that the caliber P.5000 was introduced just a couple of years back back in 2013, HODINKEE founder Ben Clymer have a look at the opinion in which it was released: the PAM 510, that has a moments sub-dial at the 9:00 position. The PAM 560 is newer than the motion — we watched it for the very first time at the 2014 variant of the SIHH, and the feeling we have is that it is a part of a general movement across the board to make all Panerai watches powered by at-home movements. We haven’t spent a tremendous quantity of time together with Panerais really on the wrist at HODINKEE, however the firm’s increasing reliance on Panerai-made moves made us curious to find out what sort of an impression that the PAM 560 makes in person.It is not the biggest Panerai (after all, there’s the 52 millimeter Mare Nostrum) at 44 mm in diameter. It is water resistant to 300 meters, and there is sapphire front and back so that you can watch caliber P.5000 at work. The very thick strap is kept in place by screwed-in bars and the buckle is very much a no-nonsense affair, using a curved, broad pin that only happens to echo the form of the lever that holds the crown set up (whether deliberate, or serendipitous, it’s a very nice touch). That mix crown-guard/locking system, in addition to the utterly uncluttered “sandwich” dial, is exactly what makes the Luminor instantly identifiable.
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.