Panerai is the king of oversized, cool watches and here comes another.
The Special Edition Radiomir Titanium 47mm. Based on a design from the 1930’s, the dial features what’s called a “California dial”, which is where the top half the numerals are Roman and the lower half are Arabic. It was in 1934 when the Radiomir collection, to which this particular model will belong, was crated. The dial itself, like many Panerai watches, is simple; there are no words, logos or partnership branding.
Panerai is only making twelve of these timepieces, which automatically means they will become collector’s items, especially among those that consider themselves Paneristi, cult-like fans and followers of Panerai watches.
This Italian luxury watch brand is pretty much solely responsible for creating and popularizing large, oversized watches and this limited edition Radiomir does not disappoint. At 47mm the case is made from titanium, which is the new, light-weight, cool material from which to craft a watch. The hands on the dial are made from rose gold and covered with lume, while the subsidiary hands are classic Panerai style. The lugs can be removed if the wearer wants to switch straps and on the turnip shaped crown you will notice a tiny bit of branding. The watch runs on a hand-wound the Panerai caliber OP XXVII that is visible through the caseback of the watch. With a grand price tag between $25,000 – $30,000 the watch will only be available at select Panerai boutiques; it can be assumed that the original store in Florence which was founded in 1900 and still stands will carry it.