Watches: Panerai Mumbai Boutique Edition Models
By Thierry Ané on December 16, 2013
Don’t worry if your knowledge of geography is limited: you can count on Panerai to refresh your memory on the world’s most iconic landmarks. With boutiques mushrooming all over the world, the brand keeps on releasing dedicated limited editions with a case back engraved with one of the city’s or country’s most famous view or monument.
Until now, each boutique has been eligible for two limited models: a customized version of the simple Luminor Marina and a variation on a more sophisticated timepiece, the Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT, the Radiomir 8 Days, or the Radiomir 10 Days GMT depending on the boutique.
In 2010, the brand presented limited editions for Beverly Hills, Firenze, Geneva, Hong Kong, Madrid, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo. In 2011 it was the turn of Bangkok, Milan, Munich, and Singapore to be honoured. In 2012 Beijing, Beirut, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, La Jolla, Las Vegas, Macau, Manila, Miami, Moscow, Nagoya, Palm Beach, Sao Paulo, Saudi and Shenyang all received limited editions. This year, Abu Dhabi, Lisbon, Portofino, Venice, and now Mumbai were added to the list. Are you ready for you geography quiz now?
With so many “limited” versions of these two timepieces, I am afraid to offend you by going through their specifications again. I will thus comment them very briefly in case, by some extraordinary circumstances, one of my readers managed to miss all of the above mentioned models!
Known as PAM00544, the Luminor Marina Mumbai features a 44 mm stainless steel case. Its black dial is adorned with the slow-speed torpedo that sailors from the Royal Italian Navy used to conduct their missions in the 1940s. The hour markers, Arabic numerals and hands are covered with beige SuperLuminova that gives a vintage look to the piece. It is enhanced by the brown rugged leather strap. Inside ticks the manual OP II calibre (ETA 6497/2) with a power reserve of 56 hours.
More upscale, the Radiomir 10 Days GMT Mumbai houses the in-house P.2003 mechanical calibre. This automatic movement showcases an impressive 10-day power reserve. Beyond the time and date, this 296-component movement boasts a linear power reserve display and a second time zone by central hand with a day-night indicator. The extremely legible black dial uses Panerai’s iconic sandwich structure and features the same beige SuperLuminova as the Luminor Marina Mumbai. This watch is fitted with a vintage brown leather strap secured by Panerai’s extra-large pin buckle.
Both models feature an engraving of the Gateway of India on the case back. Built during the British Raj, this monument commemorates the landing of their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary at Apollo Bunder, when they visited India in 1911. It is widely recognised as a symbol of the "power and majesty" of the British Empire.