The PAM 538 brings together several developments in the history of the Radiomir models. The blue dial channels a late 1930’s-designed, minimalist design variant and the movement also builds on an important further development from the 1940’s, in that it offers an eight-day power reserve. The Minerva base calibre shines in the Radiomir 8 Days GMT Oro Rosso through additional functions and provides a particularly graceful and elaborate expression of the Swiss passion for watchmaking.
The cushion-shaped case, the cylindrical crown, the fluorescent hour markers on a dark dial as well as the patented kick loops are unmistakable design features of the Radiomir. The Special Edition PAM00538 builds on the classic model, setting new yardsticks in terms of elegance and precision.
The dial on the Radiomir 8 Days GMT Oro Rosso is of sandwich construction and expresses a rare variant structure with point and index markers. The date display is in the 3 o’clock position. Opposite this, the PAM 538 has a small second with the GMT function’s 24-hour display integrated into the dial. In the bottom half and at the 6 o’clock-position, the progress of the power reserve is displayed in a linear manner. Although the blue dial with its satin sun finish offers a variety of functions, PANERAI has achieved a typically uncluttered design. This further highlights the focus on excellent visibility, which is essential for use as a diving watch.
The PAM 538’s 45mm housing protects the high-quality movement up to a depth of 50 meters. With a high copper content, the polished case, which is made out of 18K red gold, has exceptional colour depth. To protect against adverse conditions during wear, both on land and in the water, the alloy contains platinum. The contrast of the cool blues and warm gold tones is emphasised by the blue alligator strap with a buckle made from red gold.
The heart of the PAM 538 is revealed to the viewer through the sapphire crystal caseback. With its skeletonised bridges and spring barrels the P.2002/10 calibre offers insights into the fine art of watchmaking that would otherwise remain hidden. The design of the hand-wound calibre, with 28,800 alternations/hour, corresponds to a movement by the traditional Swiss watch manufacturer Minerva, which was acquired by Richemont in 2006. The skills of the watch manufacturer from Villeret are evident in all of the finest details. For the P.2002/10 OFFICINE PANERAI, revised the base calibre and made further refinements according to the manufacturer's own high standards. The result is presented as a fascinating work of art, which also impressed with its precision and its eight-day long power reserve. Facilities include the Glucydur® balance and the KIF-Parechoc® shock protection. Being strictly limited to only 300 pieces, this model will be sold out quickly. This is a good value investment for those looking for something special.