In recent years the trend of luxury jewelry being made in rose or red gold has been trending upwards and becoming a hot commodity. Look no further then Apple coming out with a rose gold version of their new technological breakthrough, the iWatch.
Rose gold started long before anyone could ever imagine what the future held. Rose gold which is just a variation of common yellow gold, gets it color by a precise mixture of gold, silver and copper. As early as the the 19th century Russia, rose gold often referred to as “Russian Gold became very fashionable. The trend continued and grew stronger all the way into the 1940’s. In the past few years we have seen a huge resurgence of the precious metal in fine jewelry.
Panerai has taken this surge to heart and has released a number of new red gold pieces in the last couple of years. Just this week Panerai released details of it’s newest addition to the red gold or Oro Rosso family, the Panerai PAM570 Radiomir 1940’s GMT.
This 47mm piece is forged in 18kt 5nPT polished red gold, which is an alloy that has a higher percentage of copper that is normally used in rose gold and a bit of platinum to help minimize the oxidation of the case. The polished bezel houses a dial style that I have grown to love. I first saw this dial in the PAM538 in blue and now they have adapted the Satin Soleil finish in brown to compliment the watch. The finish on this dial catches and reflects the light in a stunning way that needs to be seen in person to fully appreciate. The dial features a sub second dial, date and third hand to track a second time zone. The Radiomir case comes together to hold the heartbeat of this timepiece, the P3001/10 in house movement, which is so easy on the eyes.
This version of the in-house movement created completely in house and their manufacture in Neuchâtel. The P.3001/10 Calibre 3 Days movement has a power reserve indicator that is connected directly to the spring of one of the two barrels, both of which are skeletonized to bring out the true beauty of this work of art. I for one and a big fan of being able to see the movement of a time piece and even more so when they time and workmanship has been taken to this level to showcase the details of the movement through the case back crystal.
The exact release date of this particular piece has not been released yet but it has been stated that this piece is going to be a special edition and limited to only 300 pieces world wide.
MOVEMENT: Hand-wound mechanical, P3001/10 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai.
FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, second time zone, power reserve indicator on the back, seconds reset.
CASE: 47 mm, 18 ct. polished red gold. DIAL: Brown, with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9o’clock.
POWER RESERVE: 72H.
WATER-RESISTANCE: 5 bar (~ 50 metres).