Panerai’s Summer Blues

Panerai’s Summer Blues

Blue is the new black, at least for Panerai and their recent introduction of four new deep blue dials in the Luminor and Radiomir lines. The fantastic four employ the same movements as their black or white dial counterparts.

The Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio features the PAM 3000 hand-wound movement with 3 day power reserve. A seconds subdial at 9 o’clock is integrated into the otherwise clean dial with a polished sunray finish. The sandwich structure of the dial (a full circle of Superluminova is layered below the dial) enhances the luminosity in low light conditions.

The Luminor 1950 3 Days GMT Automatic Accaio adds the useful function of a dual time display. Powered by the P.9001 automatic movement, the watch displays the date at 3 o’clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock, and the second time zone indicator. The back of the movement, visible through a sapphire crystal caseback, also features a power reserve indicator. The iconic Panerai crown protector adds visual interest to the stainless steel 42mm case.

The Radiomir 1940 10 Days GMT in both a stainless steel and a rose gold version top the list of the new blues with the most complicated movement and a staggering 10 days of power reserve. The P. 2003/10 movement in all its glory is visible through the caseback. Its oscillating weight with Officine Panerai engraved enhances the beautifully skeletonized movement. Three barrels allow the movement to store power for 10 days. The dial displays the functions of hours, minutes, small seconds, GMT, and a linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock. Wow.