Watches and Wonders 2014 features a piece that I personally have grown to love. The Panerai PAM598 3 Days GMT Oro Rosso (rose gold) 47m. Last year I fell in low with the PAM538 boutique edition with it’s rose gold Radiomir case and blue dial and with this release they have pleased a lot of fans with the same combo and a bit more simple dial.
The PAM598 uses the classic Radiomir case in a Rose Gold finish and 47mm size and features a contrasting blue sandwich dial that features a satiné soleil finish. This finish gives the dial an amazing reflective quality that really sets the piece apart. The dial also features the date function at the 3pm side, small seconds hand on the 9 side and a third hand which allows for a second time zone and GMT functionality. I would have loved to see a AM/PM indicator to use alongside the GMT function but it’s definitely not a deal break by any means.
The PAM598 features a gorgeous P.3001/10 in-house mechanically wound movement that was manufactured in Neuchâtel. This beautiful combination of design and function can be viewed through the display back crystal. You can also use the power reserve indicator on the back to see exactly how much time you have before you need to wind this work of art. In this new calibre the bridges and two spring barrels are sekeltonized and all the edges are chamfered and polished. The skeletonization reveals all the fine details and finishes that are part of this movement such as the perlage of the plate and gilded engraving. You will also be witness the actual operation of the watch including the winding and unwinding of the springs in the barrels.
This model is going to be a special edition limited to only 200 units worldwide.
MOVEMENT: Hand-wound mechanical with skeletonised bridges, Panerai P.3001/10 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai, 16ó lignes, 6.3 mm thick, 21 jewels, Glucydur® balance, 21,600 alternations/hour. Incabloc® anti-shock device. Power reserve 3 days, two barrels. 207 components.
FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, second time zone, power reserve indicator on the back.
CASE: Diameter 47 mm, 18 ct. polished red gold with removable wire loop strap attachments (patented). Screw-down winding crown personalized OP.
BEZEL: 18 ct. polished red gold. BACK: Seethrough sapphire crystal.
DIAL: Blue with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock.
CRYSTAL: Sapphire, formed of corundum, 1.4 mm thick. Anti-reflective coating.
WATER-RESISTANCE: 5 bar (~ 50 metres).
STRAP: PANERAI personalised alligator strap and 18 ct. polished red gold buckle.