This past month in Geneva, Panerai unveiled a few new additions to their Historic Collection, the Radiomir 1940 Steel and Radiomir 1940 Oro Rosso. Both of these new models utilize the newer style Radiomir case style (launched last year) featuring thicker lugs and a cylindrical crown, designed to emulate cases designed in the 1940s. Unlike the monster 47 mm cases that Paneristi tend to favor, these two editions are much more wearable for most at 42 mm. The 3 Days models for the Historic Collection (PAM514 & PAM515) remain at 47 mm.
The power for these smaller models comes from the P.999 manual winding movement. This movement is manufactured in-house by Panerai, measures in at only 3.4 mm in thickness, and has a 60-hour power reserve.
Both models feature the traditional historic dial layouts you’ve come to expect from Panerai, with luminous stylized Arabic numerals at 12, 3, and 6 o’clock, and a seconds register at 9. Naturally they have sapphire crystals out front and on the display back.
The PAM512 is traditionally handsome with a polished steel case, and features a black dial with black alligator strap. We have no doubt this will be a strong seller for many who have been desiring a smaller, more elegant Panerai.
So what at about the PAM513 Oro Rosso? Well, it means “Red Gold” in Italiano. According to Panerai, Red Gold is an alloy composed of gold, copper, and other metals. Panerai found their perfect blend to create a red hue that they patented and call 5Npt. It is definitely a distinctive choice and looks excellent on the 18K polished case.
Finished with a distinctive brown luminous dial and supplied with a complimentary brown alligator strap with red gold buckle, this version is decidedly more luxurious, and brings a touch of elegance to a tool-watch heavy lineup.