At this year’s Watches & Wonders convention, Panerai presented the contemporary Radiomir Quaranta in Goldtech.
Giovanni Panerai opened his first shop in 1860 at “Ponte alle Grazie” in Florence, serving not only as a watch shop and workshop, but also as the city’s first watchmaking school. This is where the history of Panerai begins.
For over a century, the Panerai family legacy has been intertwined with Italian military – the family was commissioned to supply high-precision instruments to the Italian Navy. It was Guido Panerais Radiomir, a radium-based substance that illuminates in the dark, that began this legacy when it was patented in 1916.
An archival receipt shows that the Radiomir prototype was presented in 1935, and over the years, innovations have led to timepieces with distinctive characteristics, like the crown-protecting device and a new luminous substance, the Luminor.
The most versatile of Radiomir interpretations, Radiomir Quaranta, now comes in Panerai Goldtech material, matched with a white sun-brushed dial and a matt brown alligator strap. Panerai Goldtech is a gold material that includes a combination of platinum and copper giving an intense red appearance.