With the new self-winding Radiomir 10 Days GMT (PAM 323), Panerai brings you the familiar (perhaps, even too familiar) design of the signature cushion-shaped steel case and a multilayered dial, but adds into the mix their new P.2003/6 caliber, which is made exclusively at their manufacturing facilities.
What I particularly like about Panerai, is their naming convention. Anyone can guess that the 2010 Radiomir 10 Days GMT belongs to the Radiomir model range, sports 10 days (whopping 240 hours!) of power reserve, has a second time-zone indicator, and is powered by a version of their in-house P.2003 caliber.
The name is a lot more informative than some “Alpina Avalanche Extreme Chrono Double Digit”, a “Luminox BlackOut EVO F-117 Nighthawk Stealth” or some particularly difficult to read, and even more difficult to pronounce sentence in French (no offense intended, of course) that some brands often use to make the models they are especially proud of seem even more unique.
To be more precise, the PAM323 comes equipped with the P.2003/6 automatic movement that features a nice second time-zone display (it is indicated with a centrally positioned second arrowhead-shaped hours hand) and a power reserve indicator that looks more like a car’s fuel gauge, as well as a useful “am/pm” indicator for those frequent travelers among us.
Built of 296 components and using three mainspring barrels to store all the power needed to keep the mechanism ticking for no less than 10 days, the engine also features a native non-linear power reserve indicator, small seconds display at 9 hours and a small date window at 3 o’clock.
The movement can be seen through a sapphire crystal transparent case back, but, frankly speaking, there is nothing much to look at. Like most Panerai models, the decoration is so Spartan, it is virtually invisible although you can always tell that it is also refined in its own discreet kind of way.
As to the timekeeper’s appearance… Well, it is just another Radiomir model with an oversized cushion-shaped 47 mm case made of stainless steel and a traditional sandwiched dial. As usual, the brand is very careful when it comes to even subtle changes in general styling that became a sort of trademark during recent decades and prefers to play it as safe as possible.
Officially presented at SIHH 2010, the PAM323 will be produced in a limited lot of only 500 units and will sell at an impressive price of $15,000.
Panerai Radiomir 10 Days GMT PAM 323 specification
Price range: $15,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Panerai P.2003/6 Calibre, 296 parts, 31 mm in diameter, 8.00 mm thick, 25 jewels, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Main functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Complications: Power reserve indicator, second time-zone, day-night indicator, seconds reset
Power reserve: 240 hours (10 days)
Case: Stainless steel
Transparent back: Yes, sapphire crystal
Size: 47.00 mm
Dial: Black, sandwich-style
Hands: Stainless steel, luminous
Strap: Brown alligator strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Water resistance: 100 meters