Panerai has chosen mid-May to mount an exhibition in Florence of its past and future, featuring historic objects from the Panerai family never seen before.
The show, being staged in the ancient crypt of the former church of San Pancrazio – a vault of almost 1000 square meters – includes a panorama of the models created for the Royal Italian Navy from the 1930s to the 1950s, and models created in the years since under Richemont ownership.
And the watch? A special hand engraved Radiomir Firenze model in steel measuring 47mm, the elaborate decoration distinguishing not just the case but also the movement.
The Radiomir Firenze carries Florentine motifs and will only be available to clients of Panerai’s Florence boutique – well, to the first 99 of them.
The decorated movement is a hitherto unreleased version of the hand-wound P3000 calibre, its bridges finely laser-engraved with the symbols reminiscent of those found on the marble facades of Florence’s churches. These include the lily, symbol of the Tuscan capital since the 11th century.
The iconic lily is also heat-stamped into the brown Italian leather strap which has beige stitching. The watch is water resistant to 100 meters, as befitting a Panerai. But you wouldn’t would you…
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