What do you get when you give a Panerai a white dial? A cool and stylish watch, moving towards the unisex feel that has become a significant trend. The case is 42mm across, made in AISI 316L polished steel, and it is slimmer than most Panerai pieces by virtue of the P.4000 movement with microrotor. The calibre’s thickness of just 3.95mm helps keep the case to a total thickness of 10.93mm. With the cushion-shaped case and signature numerals, it has enough Panerai DNA to give it its unmistakable 1940s looks translated into a modern aesthetic. Seen from the side, the line of the lenticular case flows smoothly into the lugs. Night-time visibility is provided by luminous hands and hour-marker dots.
The display caseback with sapphire crystal reveals the in-house P.4000 movement, attractive with its brushed plate taking up most of the space, and the balance running at 28,800 vph (4 Hertz) in full view. The gold balance and the pink ruby jewels add notes of colour. Power transfer from oscillating weight to the dual mainsprings takes place in both directions of rotation, and the power reserve is three days, 72 hours, the new minimum standard for in-house Panerai movements.
Natural leather strap
A vintage touch is provided by the untreated leather strap with contrasting stitching. It has an aged look. The brand’s nautical origins can also be found in the water resistance, 10 bar, corresponding to 100 metres depth of water.
Reference and price
The Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatico Acciaio is reference PAM00655, and it is a limited edition of 1,000 pieces. Price €9,700, available in boutiques from March 2016.