The big gap between the previous model and this one is the different engraved case back. Inside this watch, the situation back has been engraved with the official logo of Softbank Team Japan. In addition, the strap, which can be black leather, has contrast stitching in red and white, the official colours of Japan. Price for your Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 Softbank Team Japan 3 Days Automatic Acciaio PAM 732 US $8,100. Next up, we’ve got three watches especially created by Panerai for Oracle Team USA. This watch includes a 44mm-wide Luminor 1950-style case made from black porcelain, and features Panerai’s P.9100 calibre. The P.9100 calibre includes a flyback chronograph mechanism and features a column-wheel with vertical clutch construction. Water resistance is 100 meters, and power reserve is 3 days.The Panerai Luminor 1950 Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Ceramica’s instance back features an engraving of the logo of Oracle Team USA, and in addition, it carries over the blue and red colour scheme located in the above Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 America’s Cup 3 Days Automatic Acciaio 44mm watch.The chronograph seconds and minutes hands are positioned to guarantee utmost legibility, and the chronograph seconds hand is blue while the moments hand is red. There are a further two sub-dials, one at 9 o’clock for the running seconds, which has a blue hand ; and the other at 3 o’clock that lists the elapsed hours, and this has a red hand.
For 2015, Panerai Marina Limited Edition Replica has a few interesting new watches, but my favorite is the Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio 47mm aka PAM00604 (PAM604). This is really a watch for collectors, and Panerai has made especially sure that the PAM604 very much fits into Panerai lore, being available for sale exclusively in the brand’s flagship boutique store in Florence, Italy, or Firenze in Italian – the city where the Panerai brand started. Hence the name of the watch “Radiomir Firenze.”
Visually, what makes the Panerai Limited Edition 2015 Replica Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio PAM604 unique is the lovely engraving all over the case and crown. This is really where the artistic value of the watch shines – but more on that in a moment. The Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio PAM604 really begins with the brand’s seminal case and dial design from the mid 1930s that it produced for timepieces in collaboration with Rolex. To this day, the Radiomir case is incredibly attractive, and personally, still my favorite Panerai case offering.
The gold-toned hands, matching the tan color lume, sandwiched between the black dial planes makes for an extremely classic look. Especially when the dial is wonderfully symmetrical with just the hour and minute hands. This is the dress equivalent of a sports watch. Panerai even uses their plexiglass crystal versus sapphire – which, while more delicate, is traditional, and does add a certain warmth absent from the pure clarity of sapphire crystals.
Even though the Radiomir case is 47mm wide, it does not wear as large as one might expect. This is mostly because of the bar-style lugs which do not really jut out (as they do on the Radiomir 1940 case style). That means the lug-to-lug length on the watch isn’t dramatically more than the case width. This, in addition to the flat caseback makes for an extremely comfortable fit on the wrist when it comes to the Radiomir 47mm case (which is water resistant to 100 meters).
Presented in a signature cushion-shaped stainless steel case 44 mm in diameter, the watch conveys that familiar sense of presence. This, of course, has its own drawbacks because, given its visual massiveness which is combined with relatively long lugs, the opinion may seem too enormous in case your wrist is below average in terms of girth.As you may have expected, the watch includes a fragment of the Statue of Liberty engraved on its solid case back. The engraving provides the familiar angle at the famous landmark and, being attracted against quite finely executed circular machine-brushing, makes a very fine impression.Fortunately, unlike the above “Fu” model for the Chinese market, Panerai’s designers did not deface the timepiece’s dial with the Bald Eagle or another emblem currently connected with the United States.Here, we nevertheless observe the familiar “sandwich”-style dial with a completely luminous layer visible through cutouts on the darkened front dial which form the usual for their “small seconds” models three Arabic numerals and eight narrow hour markers. The simple fact that luminous strips around the blacked-out hour and second hands match width of the indices is, too, nothing new, but it’s still quite nice to note.The watch is equipped with the Caliber OP II automatic motion, which can be based on ETA 6497-2 ebauche, is quite reliable and easy to service. Of course, given the timekeeper’s cost and, well, kind of exclusivity, an individual would rightfully expect an in-house caliber to tick inside its massive scenario, however, well, not that time.The boutique edition timekeeper is equipped with a brown leather strap with contrasting beige stitching.As usual, the watches come as limited edition versions. This particular variant is limited to 150 pieces.The MSRP is set at $5100: truth be told, it’s even lower than I have expected.
In January 2011, the Swiss-based Italian watchmaker will exhibit its new Panerai Limited Edition 2013 Replica Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days (PAM 422) hand-wound wrist watch, which is going to be limited to 2000 pieces and will be powered by their new Panerai P.3001 in-house caliber. Featuring the exact same easily familiar outdoors, the watch will get much better power reserve thus getting a more interesting choice for those who prefer to keep their set of watches in continuous rotation in their wrists.Judging from the motion’s specs that I was able to discover, it has very much in common with all the Panerai P.3000/1 caliber that we’ve observed last year ticking within the Panerai Luminor Composite 1950 3 Days (PAM 375) and in a number of other watches in the Italian brand.Sporting exactly the exact same double-barrel winding system, the movement remains great for the same 72 hours prior to the mainspring will lose it juice impacting the timekeeper’s accuracy.As you may see on the photograph below, the brand new watch is equipped with an easy to read power reserve indicator that, probably, so as to maintain the PAM 422’s face wash, is only visible through the gadget’s transparent case back.By the way, the classic dial of this watch with the familiar small seconds indicator at 9 o’clock is shielded from the elements not with the usual in this price segment sapphire crystal, but with a hardened Plexiglas substance, which is simpler to scratch, but is a lot more difficult to shutter.As usual, the movement sports a very high level level of decoration. On the other hand, the brushed surfaces successfully underline the very large degree of execution of all its 207 components.At 161/2 (more than 32 millimeters) in diameter, so the movement is big and therefore is the instance that steps entire 47 mm in diameter. The piece will surely appear good on the mighty wrist of Mr.
Inside the watch is one of Panerai’s first in-house movements known as the calibre P.3000. Manually wound, this 3Hz frequency manually would movement has a power reserve of three days (72 hours). With just the time displayed in hours and minutes, the dial of the Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio PAM604 is about as simple as you can expect – and with that simplicity comes a large degree of elegance. The movement is also very nicely designed and finished being visible through the sapphire crystal caseback window on the rear of the watch.
The full name of the PAM604 is Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio. For those who aren’t familiar with Italian, “acciaio” simply translates into steel – which is the case material. I really don’t know why this term needed to be added to the name of the watch, but perhaps there is a reason I am not familiar with – though it does seem a bit unnecessary.
The instance rear features an engraving of this logo of Oracle Team USA, and the strap is black untreated leather with contrasting red and blue stitching. The following watch is that the Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio 47mm (PAM726). Again, the name tells you much of everything you want to know about the watch. Otherwise, you can read our coverage of the original version. It comes from Panerai’s larger 47mm Luminor 1950 style case, constructed from titanium, and contains a flyback chronograph fitted using a Regatta countdown mechanism. Water resistance is also 100 meters.The movement is that the P.9100/R along with the Regatta countdown mechanism could be activated from the pusher at 4 o’clock. Pressing on it induces the fundamental chronograph second hand to return into one-minute jumps, letting it be put to the right countdown place for the race.Like the other watches found up to now, the Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta Oracle Team USA 3 Days Chrono Flyback Automatic Titanio 47mm has an appealing reddish and blue colour scheme. To guarantee legibility, the central chronograph seconds hand is rendered in blue whereas the central moments hand is red. At 9 o’clock is a sub-dial for its running seconds, which has a blue hand ; and now at 3 o’clock we possess the sub-dial documenting the elapsed hours, and this has a red hand. The ring is black untreated leather and contains contrasting blue and red stitching.
There are many people who are far more educated when it comes to each and every limited edition Limited Edition Panerai Luminor Gmt Replica watch out there, but I am rather sure that this watch has been produced in the recent past by Panerai already. What is unique for 2015 is the engravings on the case. While not new, engraved-case Panerai watches are very uncommon – though you do see them show up as limited edition or piece unique models once in a while.
Panerai claims that a single artist must work for about a week to produce the decoration on the steel case – which is extra tough because the case is in fact in steel. Most metals which are engraved in the world of watch making are brass or 18k gold, because they are softer. The hardness of steel makes it more difficult to engrave and requires special tools. Such tools make for a less forgiving engraving experience, so the artists need to be very careful, because mistakes can mean they need to start over again.
Inside you’ll find the mechanical Panerai Limited Edition 2014 Replica OP XXV calibre, a column-wheel chronograph with 55-hour power reserve based on the Minerva 13-22. As we mentioned just a few days ago, Minerva movements are highly-regarded due to their technical arts and Panerai has been associated with the brand as the 1920s. Minerva moves are especially good looking — on the Radiomir 1940 Chronograph, you are able to view everything on the job through the crystal case back. Rather than just changing the situation metal, you will find subtle design differences among each of three versions, developing a different identity for each limited version piece.The Oro Rosso (red gold) version comes with a chocolate-brown dial having an unusual mixture of both Roman and Arabic luminous numeral hour markers, a combination called a “California Dial.” A matching brown alligator strap with contrast stitching brings a more casual feel to this one.On the Platino (platinum) version above, an ivory dial and luminous dot hour markers result in a more vintage design. A blued centre seconds hand and matching minute-register hand add a subtle hint of color to an otherwise tonal dial.Finally, the Oro Blanco could be our favorite of this bunch. There is clean contrast one of the polished white gold case, deep black dial, and sand-colored dial markers. Most interestingly, the dial is a so-called “sandwich dial” using its two-layer construction. Instead of applying luminous material into a solid dial, the main dial features precision-cut holes to the hour markers. It lies along with another plate with luminous material on it, allowing the lume to shine through the holes.
The movement inside the PAM 737 is your Calibre P.2004, an in-house, hand-wound motion that is one Panerai’s more complex calibers. Visible through a sapphire display caseback, the motion is completed in Panerai’s unique industrial fashion and owners can definitely find the column wheel mechanism. The P.2004 also comes with a zero-reset platform for simple and exact setting of this time.As a fan of Panerai, I’ve mixed feelings about these three new pieces. I do think that the matte green dials are extremely attractive, but I am somewhat disappointed that these watches are essentially green dial versions of existing bits. I think it is a missed opportunity for Panerai to create more important changes. For example, the PAM 736 Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio could do without a date display to make it stand out more from the PAM 514 where it is based. Still, contemplating Panerai’s sizable base of dedicated devotees, I am sure these watches will have their own fans.Apart from being made in limited amounts, another thing to note about these new bits is they’re exclusive to Panerai boutiques. The PAM 735 Panerai Radiomir 8 Days Titanio is priced at $12,100 and is limited to 250 units.
The tactile experience of the engraving is very fine. Running your finger over the work doesn’t allow you to really feel the engravings, which is nice. They are filled in with a black material which not only adds a welcome contrast to seeing the work, but also protects the engravings over time. The overall presentation is very good and akin to what you’d find on high-end engraved blades and guns.
From a design perspective, the engravings are a nice mixture of the traditional, yet appropriate for the design of such a masculine watch. There is a floral motif – but just a little bit. I do find the designs to be extremely tasteful and like how Panerai was able to find space all over the dial surface as well as the crown. The only place I felt engravings were lacking was on the strap buckle. This would have been a really nice touch to help round-out the experience. Perhaps Panerai will remedy this before the limited edition pieces are delivered.
Panerai has limited the PAM00604 Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio watch to 99 pieces, and again they are exclusively available in the Panerai boutique in Florence, Italy. Collectors who make the trip to Florence to pick one of these up will have a treat which combines the elegantly traditional experience of the bare-bones Radiomir with the decorative appeal of the case engravings. Again, there isn’t inherently anything new, but rather a new flavor – which is exactly how Panerai prefers it. Price for the Panerai Radiomir Firenze 3 Days Acciaio PAM604 watch is about 17,000 euros. panerai.com