Watches: Panerai Radiomir 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso PAM598 (+live pics)
By Thierry Ané on November 20, 2014
The many Paneristi around the wold will be very pleased to learn that Officine Panerai did not go to Watches & Wonders solely to meet its Asian aficionados. Indeed, the Neuchâtel-based manufacture brought some very special models to complement the superb timepieces already unveiled in January during the SIHH.
The reference I would like to discuss today is arguably not the most innovative model on display in the Watches & Wonders’ windows of this renowned brand. It is merely a relooking of a timepiece presented in 2012 but I am sure that if you love this “Laboratorio di Idee” as much as I do, you will find this new version limited to 200 units extremely exciting!
The beauty in question is the so called Radiomir 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso PAM598. As always with Panerai, the name says almost everything you need to know about the watch but this “Special Edition” model is worth discussing in details.
Part of the Radiomir line, this stunning timepiece boasts an imposing 47 mm cushion-shaped case characteristic of the first watches created by Officine Panerai for the commandos of the royal Italian Navy in 1936. In this luxurious version it is crafted in 5N red gold with an intense and lasting hue due to its high proportion of copper and the presence of a small percentage of platinum. Polished to perfection, it offers the unmistakable simplicity of all Panerai’s watches with slim sides, circular bezel, removable wire loop strap attachments and a fluted screw-down winding crown personalised with the “OP” inscription.
This elegant frame despite its size houses the manually-wound P.3001/10 calibre entirely developed and made by the Officine Panerai manufacture. Equipped with a small seconds, date window, central second time zone indication and a sectorial power reserve on the back (3 days as the name implies), this impressive movement beating at the frequency of 21,600 alternations per hour can be admired through the large sapphire window on the case back. The bridges and two spring barrels have been skeletonised to allow a deep view of all the elements from the chamfered and polished edges, to the perlage of the plate, the wheelwork and the gilded engraving.
Aesthetically, what sets the Radiomir 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso PAM421 presented in 2012 apart from this year’s interpretation is the choice of colour for the dial and strap. Whereas the former elegantly married the rich hues of the case with subtle shades of brown, this year the design team opted for a deep blue that also goes admirably with the colour of red gold. The now famous sandwich-shaped dial with a lower layer of cream-coloured SuperLuminova visible through the cut-out hour markers and “6” and 12” Arabic numerals is covered by a magnificent blue surface with a satiné soleil finish.
As much as I loved the 2012 version, the deep blue truly enhances the luxurious case and the Radiomir 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso PAM598 is at the same time extremely refined and sufficiently sturdy to have its place in Panerai’s range. In a nutshell, the design team did wonders as usual! A fascinating timepiece that any watch lover would be glad to add to his collection…
For more information please visit the Officine Panerai web site.