In celebration of the inauguration of its grandiose flagship boutique on the illustrious Madison Avenue, New York City, Panerai, the venerable Italian watchmaker, has unveiled an exclusive rendition of the Radiomir–the Radiomir Tourbillon Bronzo PAM01284, a symbol of horological sophistication and a tribute to the brand’s rich maritime heritage.
Bronze, the material of bygone eras, was first embraced by Panerai in 2011 with the debut of the original Bronzo. Yet, it remained a rare gem in Panerai’s collection, selectively gracing the Submersible platform models. In a shift of focus to the Radiomir collection for 2023, the classic 45mm wire-lug Radiomir receives the coveted bronze rendition, culminating in the meticulously crafted PAM01284. The bronze case, featuring a brushed finish, harmoniously pairs with sapphire crystals on both sides and a screw-down titanium caseback, ensuring the timepiece’s 100 meters of water resistance.
In true Panerai fashion, the dial boasts a unique military green tone, complementing the partially skeletonized display. The open-worked bridges, coated in dark olive green through an aluminum oxide atomic layer deposition (ALD) process, give life to the dial. Large luminous hour markers lend the PAM01284 the classic Radiomir appearance, seemingly floating above the surface, while a trio of luminous hands, accompanied by an additional hour hand, offer a secondary time zone display, enriched by a 24-hour hand with a day/night indicator.
At the heart of the PAM01284 beats the Panerai Cal. P.2015/T manual-wind tourbillon movement, a symphony of 256 components and 27 jewels, running at a frequency of 28,800vph (4 Hz). Crafted entirely from green-finished titanium, the movement weighs a mere 15.30 grams, contrasting with the robust bronze case measuring a significant 45mm in diameter. The juxtaposition between the lightweight movement and the substantial case offers a unique presence on the wrist, bridging the gap between tradition and modernity.
The PAM01284 showcases an impressive four-day power reserve, a testament to Panerai’s commitment to horological advancement. A power reserve indicator, visible through the sapphire display window on the caseback, allows the wearer to monitor the watch’s autonomy. Furthermore, the Cal. P.2015/T movement features a 30-second tourbillon, rotating along an axis perpendicular to the balance wheel, creating a dynamic visual experience visible through both the dial and caseback.
Priced at CHF 160,200, the Radiomir Tourbillon Bronzo stands as a premium addition to Panerai’s lineup, only surpassed by the Goldtech Minute Repeater Tourbillon GMT PAM00600, retailing north of $400K. The PAM01284, with its classic wire-lug profile and bronze case, presents a traditional form. However, its skeletonized display and green-finished titanium tourbillon movement position it as a contemporary, tech-forward masterpiece.
Casa Panerai, nestled on Madison Avenue, now serves as the gateway to the world of Panerai, inviting enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the brand’s storied history and explore its horological masterpieces, including the newly launched Radiomir Tourbillon Bronzo.