The look of Panerai’s Radiomir 1940 Chronographs which are part of the brand’s 2014 product line-up carries strong accents of vintage design.
This is especially so with the tachymetre scale on the dial and the two sub-dial counters; one for the continuous sweep seconds at the nine o’clock position and the other for the 30-minute chronograph counter at the three o’clock position.
According to Panerai, the look of the dial was inspired by the history of the brand and the function of the watch.
In fact, Panerai’s 1940 Chronographs bring back fond memories of timepieces such as Patek Philippe’s Ref. 5070 and Vacheron Constantin’s Malte Chronograph, both of which have the vintage look.
There are three limited versions of Panerai’s Radiomir 1940 Chronograph: it is being offered in platinum (PAM 518) with an ivory dial (50 pieces), in red gold (PAM 519) with a brown “California” dial (100 pieces) and in white gold (PAM 520) with a black sandwich dial (100 pieces).
The PAM 519 Radiomir 1940 Chronograph in red gold has what is known as the “California” dial of 1936 whereby the top half of the hour indexes on the dial are in Roman numerals and the lower half are in Arabic numerals.
The 45mm case of Panerai’s Radiomir 1940 Chronograph has what the brand describes as “the simple elegant lines developed in around 1940.”
All three versions are powered by the manual-winding Calibre OP XXV which is developed on a Minerva 13-22 base movement. Worth noting is Minerva’s relationship with Panerai as a supplier of movements which dates back to the 1920s.
The PAM 520 Radiomir 1940 Chronograph in white gold has a similar design to that of the PAM 0518 in platinum. Apart from the difference in dial colours where the white gold version has a black dial and the platinum has an ivory-coloured dial, the PAM 520 features the sandwich-type dial with the luminescence of the hour indexes seen through apertures.
As a fan of timepieces like Patek Philippe’s Ref. 5070 and Vacheron Constantin’s Malte Chronograph, the look of the Radiomir 1940 Chronograph is well appreciated in a Panerai case, not to mention the use of the Minerva base calibre.