Panerai Radiomir and Luminor models go green
Panerai has just announced three new watches, each with a dark green dial, luminous beige markers and gilded hands. They will be sold exclusively in Panerai boutiques around the world. The models getting the green dial treatment are the Radiomir 8 Days Titanio, Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio and the Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio.
Panerai chose these particular watches as they represent the three most historic Panerai cases – Radiomir, Radiomir 1940 and Luminor 1950. Combined, they represent an impressive combination of different functions for each model but only now do each of them share an intense green dial.
Each timepiece is handcrafted from the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchatel. Along with a green dial, each dial gets new luminous beige hour marks with gilded hands that elegantly stand out. There's also a natural brown leather strap, with contrasting beige stitching stamped with the OP logo.
Radiomir 8 Days Titanio
The new Radiomir 8 Days has a 45mm brushed titanium cushion case, along with its characteristic wire loop strap attachments and the conical winding crown. You might recognize the design, as it's the same one the brand has been using since the first model appeared in 1936.
The polished bezel surrounds the dark green dial. The green dial is set on top of a beige one (they call this sandwich construction) which sets off the large luminous beige hour markers and small seconds dial at the 9 o'clock position. The case is minimalist, with balanced colours. Just as you'd expect from a Radiomir.
Inside the case, the watch is powered by a hand-wound P.2002 calibre, developed in-house. There is a sapphire crystal case back, where wearers can admire the three spring barrels that give the watch a power reserve of 8 days (hence the name).
The P.2002 calibre also has a device for zeroing the seconds hand, allowing for very precise synchronisation – you can move the hour hand forwards or backwards without affecting the movement of the minute hand. It's also water-resistant to depths of 100 metres.
Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio
The case of the new Radiomir has simple, clean lines, and the lugs have been integrated with the case to form a single, solid block of stainless steel. It's rather large – coming in at 47mm – but stays true to the model's heritage; historically given to commando frogmen of the Royal Italian Navy.
This model's indications are in classic Panerai style and painted with beige Super-LumiNova. That makes the watch easily readably even at the darkest depths. The Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio is powered by the P.3000, a hand-wound mechanical calibre.
Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio
The new Monopulsante has a brushed titanium case that's 44mm in diameter, along with Panerai's classic bridge lever device. The lever was patented by Panerai in the 1950s, to protect the winding crown and better ensure water resistance (this watch can dive to depths of 100-metres).
At the 8 o'clock position is the push-button which controls the start, stop and reset function sof this chronograph. It's powered by the hand-wound P.2004 calibre, which has a power reserve of 9 days. There is a linear power reserve indication at the 8 o'clock positing, along with a seconds counter and an am/pm indicator at the 9 o'clock.
All hands – apart from the GMT function – have been gilded, meaning they colour coordinate with the green sandwich dial.
Unlike other models in this series, the Luminor 1950 Chrono Monopulsante 8 Days GMT Titanio is presented in an elegant green cherry wood box. Inside there's a replacement black rubber strap and a tool for replacing it along with a screwdriver.