Panerai continued to impress this year, with a collection of novelties that displayed innovative materials such as the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech. But the brand also turned to stainless steel, its material par excellence, to introduce a new limited edition equation of time.
The equation of time complication is a rare, but wonderful sight, and Panerai’s linear sliding scale is perhaps the most recognizable and most practical interpretation of it. Displayed at 6 o’clock, it shows the difference between the mean time indicated by a watch and the true time indicated by the solar meridian – which can fluctuate during the course of the year between plus and minus 16 and 14 minutes. When the date and the month are set on the watch, this difference in time shows automatically on the equation of time display.
The watch also features running seconds at 9 o’clock, as well as a date and month indication at 3 o’clock set against a black dial. Note the unusual display of the months, which are cleverly set in a circular shape, from December (D) through March (M), June (J), September (S) and back to December.
Offered in “Acciaio,” Italian for stainless steel, this limited edition watch comes inside a vintage-inspired polished case. On the wrist, the 48mm Radiomir case will be familiar to paneristis – the brand’s most faithful group of collectors. And while it may sound rather large for those who are not part of that exclusive group yet, the sides sweep back gracefully to make it feel less imposing.
The Panerai Radiomir 1940 Equation of Time 8 Days Acciaio houses caliber P.2002/E, a new hand-wound mechanical movement based on the brand’s original P.2002 caliber presented in 2005. Made up of 328 parts, it beats at 28,000bph, and has a power reserve of 192 hours, or 8 days. The new in-house caliber can be admired through the sapphire case back, just as the watch’s power reserve indicator, located at 4 o’clock on the movement side. A limited edition of 200 pieces, the Radiomir 1940 Equation of Time 8 Days Acciaio comes with a black alligator strap.