Panerai’s Radiomir is the diving brand’s most dressy offering, lacking some of the heft — as well as the crown guard — of its Luminor and Submersible brethren. But it’s still every inch (or should that be millimetre) a Panerai. That super-distinctive case, those hands and, of course, those numerals.
This time around, we’ve been treated to a brace of new references: PAM00995, PAM00998, PAM00999 and PAM00997, running the gamut of 45mm three-hand to GMT models and a beefy 48mm ceramic model, with new dial treatments. And what a dial — glorious (not-so-glossy) matt green.
Visually, the look is strong; the dark tone amplified by the golden handset and warm, creamy Arabic numerals and carefully worn leather straps. And while the dial in and of itself isn’t an earth-shattering innovation, it’s certainly attractive. And while the 48mm ceramic is impressive, I think the 45mm GMT on the suede strap is the winning combination. Be warned, though, these are boutique-only pieces.