Few watches boast the same level of impact as a Panerai timepiece. The thickness of the case, the sandwich dial and that signature crown guard give off the unmistakable vibe of a naval tool watch – hardly a surprise given the brand’s history in developing and producing timepieces for various naval forces around the world, most notably the Italian Marina Militare. Despite its roots in producing early dive watches, Panerai has always managed to remain relevant to modern tastes. The recent announcement of new references in the Radiomir 1940 sporting matte green dials is a strong indicator of the watchmaker’s dedication to keeping up with the times in a tasteful fashion.
The first Panerai to sport a green dial was the original 2011 Bronzo, followed by a Special Edition for Harrod’s and a trio of Limited Editions. These new references will, however, be part of Panerai’s core line. The four watches will also be exclusive to Panerai boutiques worldwide to further differentiate Panerai boutiques’ offerings from the brand’s retail partners.
The new timepieces share several design and movement features. All four come with 1940-style cushion cases and thick lugs. Three of them utilise 45mm steel cases while the fourth carries a punchy 48mm black sandblasted ceramic case. The dials keep with Panerai’s minimalistic aesthetic for maximum legibility. The stainless steel Radiomirs (PAM995, PAM998, PAM999) are fitted with self-winding calibres; only the 48mm ceramic model employs the hand-wound P.3000 mechanical movement.
One other defining characteristic of the Radiomir 1940 is its domed sapphire crystal. This feature gives the watch an illusion of thinness, as it allows a slimmer case to be constructed without compromising the timepiece’s internal volume. The design of the domed crystal itself harks back to the past, all to create a more wearable watch with a vintage vibe.
The green dial truly takes on a character of its own with the 48mm PAM997. The larger case design coupled with the all-black hardware creates a stronger contrast, making it easier to appreciate the dial’s depth of colour. The fact that the PAM997 is strictly dedicated to telling time only sweetens the overall aesthetic.
The Panerai boutique is at the Ion Orchard, if you’re interested in trying on these beauties for size.