It’s easy to forget that Panerai enjoys widespread recognition in the current watch market, a historic brand that spent decades in relative obscurity, with few enthusiasts spreading its story to its native Italy. After its revival in the 1990s, one of the initial drivers of Panerai’s growth was a thriving online viewing community, particularly dedicated Paneristi fan groups. 2020 marks the 20th anniversary of the online Paneristi community, and to commemorate the impact the group has had on the Panerai brand, Panerai has created a special limited edition of the traditional 45mm Radiomir. This limited edition Panerai Radiomir Venti incorporates some of the brand’s earliest classic names, as well as some highly recognizable references to the loyal Paneristi fan base.
The 45mm stainless steel case of the Panerai Radiomir Venti follows the traditional Radiomir formula with its square, unbuffered case design, wire lugs and large unattended crown, Panerai Luminor but with the addition of a satin, fine sandblasted matte finish. This contrasts with the bright shine of the smooth bezel and metal wire lugs, while also helping to bring home the vintage copper-green feel of the design. Where the Radiomir Venti really begins to establish its own personality is the sturdy caseback, which is engraved with an extensive inscription celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Paneristi community. A subtle inscription is also engraved between the lugs at six o’clock, adding the “Venti” nameplate to Panerai’s distinctive script. The Radiomir Venti is water-resistant to 100 metres.
For the dial of the Radiomir Venti, Panerai wanted to capture the feel of Radiomir’s early references with a tropical dial. To this end, the classic sandwich dial hour index and Arabic numerals are presented in light khaki and paired with the sunburst dial face in a faded hazelnut brown. The result looks to balance a sense of bronze and elegance in the initial image, while the gold hilt both adds warmth and provides a reference to the early Radiomir models. By far the most distinguishing element of the Venti dial, however, is the Paneristi logo engraved at 6 o’clock. While the engraving treatment does set the logo apart from more commonly applied or printed styles, the absolute size of this relatively complex logo (even larger than Panerai’s own logo at 12 o’clock) could interfere with, buy best replica watches undermine or even overpower it. Otherwise, it is an absolutely minimal design.
Panerai powers the Radiomir Venti through its in-house movement, the P.6000 hand-wound calibre. The P.6000 is a key component of Panerai’s two-handed offering and is solidly shock-resistant thanks to its balance bridge with two braces. The power reserve is also excellent, with the P.6000 providing 72 hours of power reserve at 72,600 bph from a single barrel. Panerai completes the Radiomir Venti with a khaki suede strap with contrasting white stitching, made from Panerai’s Assolutamente calfskin with a weathered pin buckle for an aged look and heat-embossed on the Officine Panerai logo.