Officine Panerai have just announced the creation of their most complicated timepiece, The Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT which aims to honor their naval history. The brand is also very aware that it will become a grail piece for collectors, and as a result they are offering an extensive amount of customization.
Becoming the first timepiece to poses two minute repeaters for local time and a second time zone, the minute repeater also contains three hammers to achieve an oh so soothing chime. Most traditional manufacturers offer a triple chime in their minute repeaters, that usually allow for fifteen minute increments, but the Carillon utilizes a decimal repeater which plays its melody every 10 minutes. In regards to their decimal repeater Panerai said “the timepiece corresponds to customary ways in which time is now indicated by digital watches.” I believe Panerai is the first high quality manufacture to pay homage to an electric timepiece.
In line with the companies plans for the near future and upcoming “Dive Into Time” event which will be held in a former crypt at the Museo Marino Marini in Florence, Panerai clearly showcases this piece as a milestone achievement for Haute Horology. The Panerai Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT sits on the wrist at a massive 49mm wide and in 18k red gold with a platinum alloy which promises to ensure considerable wrist presence. The case is actually created from two separate pieces which have been soldered together. This unique construction allows each watch to have its own unique song. The hands and indexes coated with Super-LumiNova ensure high quality legibility, as we have come to expect from the brand. Water resistance for the Carillon is 30 meters.
The skeletonized dial allows for a one of a kind view of the hand-wound P.2005/MR which has taken Panerai nearly five years to craft. Panerai has also included a revolutionary Tourbillon design, rather than rotating on a parallel axis, this does so at a perpendicular axis and completes its full rotation every thirty seconds. The company has stated this allows for a more accurate experience while taking into effect changes in gravity. The P.2005/MR has a power reserve of 96 hours that is monitored with an indicator through the display back.
The Panerai Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT will be limited edition pieces that are made to order. Buyers will be able to customize multiple aspects of design to achieve a considerably personalization timepiece. Prices start at $400,000.
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