The Radiomir 1940 is presented for the first time with an automatic movement, the new P.4000 calibre.
Whether it is the fruit of the ingenuity of a maestro or whether it
is born almost spontaneously from the function for which it is intended,
a design classic is immediately recognizable for the strength and the
naturalness with which it imposes itself on the collective imagination.
Officine Panerai’s Radiomir 1940 has the authority of a classic of
modernity. Its simple, quintessential form tells the story of the years
in which it was designed while maintaining its unchanging up-to-date
character. Its design stands out for its functional rigour and the
simplicity of its lines, free of decorative excess: features which in
1940 were related to a new way of life and a world of evolving values
which in the following years would lead to the international recognition
of Italian industrial design.
Created to satisfy the demanding requirements of the specialist
underwater forces of the Royal Italian Navy, the Radiomir 1940 today
still has the characteristics of solidity, endurance and reliability
that are the hallmarks of a timekeeping instrument designed for military
use. The design of the case and dial have the same overall quality and
the identical iconic power as the original, demonstrating the great
versatility of a classic which is today enriched with the highest
technical content of luxury contemporary watchmaking from the Officine
Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel.
The new Radiomir 1940 3 Days Automatic models embody the
characteristics and qualities which make every Panerai watch unique but
at the same time immediately recognizable. The 45mm case represents that
of some of the historic models created by Panerai in around 1940. The
large polished bezel surrounds a classic dial providing excellent
legibility, with its minimalist design and its structure of superimposed
plates sandwiching the luminous substance between them. This
construction means that the hour figures and the baton markers cut in
the upper plates shine with great brilliance. The seconds hand rotates
in a small sub-dial at 9 o’clock on the dial, which is black in the
steel version and brown in the red gold version.
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