Officine Panerai have long proven that their timepieces can stand the test of time from a humble design.
After two years of development, the luxury Swiss watchmaker can finally unveil its most significant achievement to date, the Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT (PAM00600). The watch is unlike any other Panerai that came before it, featuring an ultra-complicated tourbillon movement crafted in the company’s state-of-the-art manufacture in Neuchâtel.
What is truly unique about this timepiece is the addition of the carillon, a bronze instrument which can play melodies and gongs based on the minute repeater. When the repeater signals, a low tone is given to indicate hours and a high tone for minutes. A third tone provides a melody in 10-minute intervals.
The intricate sounds are not lost to inefficient acoustics with a red gold case providing optimum resonation of the repeater sounds. The watch also features two different time zones and can chime sounds according to each one. To determine which time zone the use is in, a red dial sits at the 9 o’clock mark which indicates ‘HT’ or ‘LT’ – Home Time/Local Time.
On the precision front, Panerai have employed its patented technology of a perpendicularly mounted cage in the tourbillon. This ensures a more accurate timekeeping standard. A skeletnoised dial with a clear caseback shows off the internal mechanics whilst being housed in a large 49mm case attached to an alligator leather strap. Power reserve for the watch is set at 4 days alongside a water resistant rating of 30 metres.
As the brand’s flagship piece, getting your hands on one will be no easy feat. PAM00600 will only be made to order starting from an eye-watering US$395,000.