Panerai Radiomir 42mm Watch Hands-On
I got physical with Panerai's new smaller watch collection with their in-house made P.999 manually-would movements and I liked it. With 44mm wide Panerai watches not looking too "large and in-charge" themselves these days, I speculated about the wisdom of them doing an even smaller model - even if it was just for the ladies. Well all that speculation is aside now, as I got a chance to play nice with the watches personally. There are three versions of this new Panerai Radiomir watch, the Ref. PAM336, PAM337, and PAM338. Differences? Pink gold, steel, and titanium - respectively. Oh, and the watches aren't just for the ladies (not that there are any dedicated women's Panerai watches, but lots of women enjoy their 44mm wide and under men's watches).
I first wrote about these new smaller Panerai watches here. Being placed in the Radiomir cases style gives the watches a more classic look than others with some of the other case styles. The thinner (though not thin) bezel helps that watch feel larger than it is. Plus, the watch isn't too thin (but is actually quite thin for Panerai standards). So what you have is a watch that feels more substantial due to its thickness and higher emphasis on the dial size. At the same time, it is important to note that this is a thin watch in Panerai terms. For me, wearing it was really comfortable. The loop style lugs help the watch look more substantial, and the flatter, smaller size of the case felt really nice on the wrist. You can see that this evolution on what it means to be a Panerai still looks good on the wrist without appearing petite. It really is a more formal and classy Panerai, the type of watch that most people aren't going to know even exists.
Gallery: Panerai Radiomir 42mm Watch
Inside the watch is Panerai's P.999 manually would movement with 60 hours of power reserve. The dial has the time and a subsidiary seconds dial, while the caseback of the watch has a sapphire crystal over it with a view to the nicely decorated movement. Sorry about all the finger prints in the images, I was getting too touchy-feely with the watches!
Overall the design is good, as well as is the finishing and the style. Nothing new really, but more of what people enjoy. Just shrunken down Panerai goodness with a nice set of alligator straps (and the iconic Panerai style buckle is gone). Prices range from about $8,000 - $17,500 for one of these 42mm wide Panerai Radiomir watches.
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch review site aBlogtoRead.com.