Pre-SIHH 2016 - Officine Panerai Radiomir 1940 Acciaio 42mm
This watch is the new Officine Panerai Radiomir 1940 Acciaio 42mm and it is the first novelty watch released by Panerai, ahead of the opening of the SIHH 2016 where we will also be present. This is the very first time that a Radiomir watch has been fitted with a white dial (and features a 42mm wide case) and it also the very first time that a Radiomir watch has featured luminous dot indexes; a specific type of style that we usually associate with the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio (the PAM523) only. If you like this particular dial and if you are a Radiomir fan, this is definitely the perfect Panerai watch for you.
The Officine Panerai Radiomir 1940 Acciaio 42mm is equipped with the P4000 caliber, one of the latest automatic in-house built calibers crafted by Panerai. The caliber features a microrotor; a very interesting yet exclusive technical solution that very few manufacturers usually adopt and that, both from an aesthetic point of view, dramatically improves the look and feel of the automatic movement, making it similar to that of a hand-wound calibre.
The microrotor is made of tungsten and it recharges the two barrels through a bi-directional movement, the P4000 caliber is 3,95mm thick while the case measures less than 11mm (10,93mm to be more precise). At first sight, this timepiece's neat style, its white dial sporting luminous dots and the vintage-like hands are among the pros that I can list, while a crowded dial featuring too many Arabic numerals is among the cons. I am really looking forward to getting my hands on this watch next January while in Geneva so that I can finally get a better idea of what it really looks like and confirm to you whether my idea of it is either wrong or right.
(Photo credit: courtesy of Panerai)
Gaetano C @Horbiter