This is the first pocket watch introduced by Officine Panerai, yet it reminds us of the period in the brand’s history relevant to the end of the 19th century, when Orologeria Panerai established by Giovanni Panerai in Florence featured on its shelves a variety of pocket watches produced by the major Swiss watchmakers.
The new Panerai watch demonstrates a Radiomir case that measures 59 mm in diameter and is sculptured from ceramic made from zirconium oxide. The case accommodates the P.2005/S hand-wound movement with tourbillon regulator. The 277-component, 31-jewel movement has a balance frequency of 28,800 alternations per hour.
The movement is linked to the case with help of 12 rods, so the mechanism looks as if it is suspended in the centre of the skeletonised dial. The same rods, coated with ecru Super-LumiNova, are used as linear hour markers.
The skeletonised dial allows us to admire the sophisticated nature of the movement executed independently in the Officine Panerai manufacture in Neuchatel. The mechanism incorporates three spring barrels offering a 6-day power reserve. The power reserve indicator is mounted on the back of the timepiece. The majority of the movement components are blackened by galvanic treatment.
The Panerai tourbillon cage performs two rotations per minute on an axis positioned perpendicular to that of the balance, this way compensating better for running errors caused by gravity. You will notice a small ecru disc that mirrors the tourbillon rotation, performing two turns per minute in the small seconds sub-dial positioned at 6 o’clock.
The chain is composed of single links, featuring the shape inspired by that of a nautical chain, and universal joints providing great resistance and at the same time maximum flexibility. When you remove the chain, the Panerai watch can be transformed into a table clock with help of the special support, the look of which was also suggested by the shape of the bridge. The support holds the case and you can put the removed chain inside it.
The new Officine Panerai Pocket Watch Tourbillon GMT Ceramica is issued in a limited edition of just 50 units.
The timepiece is 30-meter water-resistant.
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