Although most timepieces from the major Italian watch brand tend to be rather all-alike-style, the new Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Platino (PAM 373) manual-wind watch stands out from the crowd with its rather unusual dial layout that pays homage to vintage watches of the pre-WWII era.
As you can see on the photos, the new watch comes with its usual sandwich-style dial, but has the signature Arabic numerals replaced with baton-shaped hour markers: three singles at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock, and a doubled one at 12 o’clock.
As usual, the bars and dots are neither printed, nor applied: they are cut through the top layer of the dial in order to make visible the second layer, which is covered with generous amounts of Superluminova substance. The design not only allows the Swiss-based Italian brand to further differentiate from other watchmakers, but also provides the dial with more depth while not ruining its deliberately simplistic beauty.
What is the most interesting about this layout is that it mimics a design study that has never been actually produced by Panerai as a production model: only one watch was ever made (there was a second version that also featured a subsidiary seconds sub-dial and it also never make it the production line.)
Very nice. Also, very fresh and unusual.
Like the Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days (PAM 372) model that was, too, revealed at SIHH 2011 even, the new watch is powered by the Calibre P.3000 hand-wound movement, which is made solely in-house, equipped with a pair of spring barrels and can run for as long as 72 hours after fully wound. Although the mechanism still can’t compete with double-barrel movements from such monsters as IWC that can go for a whole week and more, it still makes the hand-wound watch more practical for those who prefer to keep their collection of timekeepers in constant rotation: as long as you don’t forget it for more than three days, the watch will still be good the next time you get it out of the safe.
As the name implies, the watch is delivered in a huge cushion-shaped platinum case 47 mm wide. Predictably, on a normal wrist the extremely oversized case will take all available space (and probably then some,) however, thanks to its moderately short set of wire-style lugs that are welded to the case, the chocolate brown leather strap (it, by the way, features a very nice contrasting stitching of light-brown color) will probably still hug your wrist in a very comfortable way. Of course, it is recommended to first try this (or similar model with the same proportions) PAM 373 Platino model on your own wrist before ordering one online (although it may be not the best idea to buy online a watch that has an MSRP of $48,000.)
Photos: Officine Panerai
Panerai Radiomir 3 Days Platino (PAM 373) hand-wound watch specification
Price: $48,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Manual, Calibre P.3000, in-house, 160 parts, two spring barrels, 21 jewels, 21,600 vph, 37.22 mm in diameter, 5.30 mm thick, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 72 hours
Case material: Platinum
Bezel material: Platinum
Case shape: Cushion
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 47.00 mm
Lug width: 26 mm
Case height: No data
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Personalized alligator strap and large-size white gold buckle
Crystal: Plexiglas, 2.80 mm thick
Case back: Sapphire