September 30, 2015
by James Stacey
This week at Watches & Wonders, Panerai has announced a considerable update to their Radiomir 1940 line-up. Alongside new 42 mm models featuring 3 Day movements, the brand has also launched the brand new Panerai 1940 10 Days GMT Automatic Oro Rosso. Featuring a sort of greatest hits of Panerai styling, this new 1940 offers the classy appeal of a Radiomir mixed with the confident presence of the Luminor and a healthy injection of useful complications.
With a 45 mm red gold case and your choice of either a brown (PAM624) or black (PAM625) “sun brushed” dial, the 1940 10 Days GMT looks stunning. The 1940 case is really a mix of the Radiomir and Luminor cases and it offers a masculine, but classic, appeal that works well even in larger proportions and various case metals.
As lovely as this new GMT may look, the real magic is in the movement. The P.2003/10 calibre ticks at 4Hz, uses 25 jewels and thanks to three barrels, can offer a power reserve of 10 days (240 hours). The movement, which is essentially a fully skeletonized version of Panerai’s P.2003, can be viewed via the display case back. Indeed, while the P.2003 has been seen in similar pieces like the 44 mm Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic, the additional effort of skeletonization seems fitting for a somewhat more dressy piece like this Radiomir.
This feature-packed movement offers not only time, date, a second timezone, a 24 hour indication, linear power reserve and date display, but also manages a rather elegant interface. In the format of a true GMT, the local hour hand can be jump set independently, forward and backward, from the standard timekeeping and the date will also update to reflect the progression or regression of local time. Additionally, the seconds display is automatically set to 0 when hacking the movement, allowing for a simple method of syncing the watch with an accurate reference time.
As with other Panerai GMT models, the GMT hand can be neatly tucked behind the local hours hand for a simplified look when the feature is not needed. Despite its rather complex nature, Panerai manages to integrate all of these complications into a legible and compelling package.
I’ve long been an admirer of complicated Radiomirs and I really dig the 1940 10 Days GMT Automatic Oro Rosso. Fitted with a dial-matching alligator leather strap, the 1940 10 Days GMT commands a $35,900 USD price tag that may leave you begging Panerai for a steel version. Fingers crossed. panerai.com