Panerai Launches Limited Edition Radiomir Venti Watch Celebrating Paneristi’s 20th Anniversary

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.

Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm

While 2020 may be a relatively quiet year in the world of yacht racing, with the cancellation of numerous races around the world, the sport has been a notable year for establishing partnerships for high-end luxury watches. The latest of these comes from Panerai, which has renewed its partnership with the famous Italian sailing team (Luna Rossa) ahead of the 2021 America’s Cup. To commemorate this ongoing partnership, Panerai has unveiled a new limited edition Luminor replica Panerai GMT model, decorated in the team’s signature colours and featuring dramatic material changes. The new limited edition Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm offers a true look and feel for every buyer, incorporating the team’s state-of-the-art yacht into the architecture.

Brand: Panerai
Ref: Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm
Size: 42mm
Water depth: 100 meters
Case material: Titanium case / Carbotech carbon composite bezel
Movement: Manufacture P.9010 / GMT: Automatic GMT with small seconds and date
Strap/bracelet: black alligator leather

The 42mm case of the Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm features the iconic Luminor cushion case shape, short straight lugs and a striking locking crown, while departing from tradition in terms of materials. The main body of the case is made of sandblasted titanium for a dark matte look, while the smooth bezel is made of Panerai’s proprietary Carbotech carbon composite. This rotating cross-grained material is discreet enough not to attract attention at first glance, but upon closer inspection adds a purposeful high-tech spirit to the design. Panerai has completed the case with a specially engraved titanium caseback, engraved with the America’s Cup trophy and an etching of Luna Rossa’s innovative AC75 racing yacht. If the Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm case is quiet about its use of carbon fibre composites, it can shout about the dial. Panerai’s iconic sandwich dial face is made of a material the brand calls Scafotech, a carbon-fiber composite made from the hull and hydrofoils of the Luna Rossa AC75 yacht. The result is a marbled random black pattern reminiscent of the carbon fiber brakes of modern racing cars, whose dynamic and masculine appearance is displayed differently on each example dial. In addition to this innovative material, the Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm’s dial design is roughly the same as the standard Luminor GMT model, with the only difference being some special dial text at the 6 o’clock position. Here, the Luna Rossa’s signature distinctive red hue is subtly used as an accent, creating a visual highlight for the small seconds hand at 9 o’clock and the 12-hour GMT hand, while the black and grey of the dial clearly play a role. Inside the Panerai Luminor Luna Rossa GMT 42mm is the brand’s in-house automatic P9010 / GMT movement, with a beat rate of 28,800 bph and a robust 72-hour power reserve. Panerai ends this watch with a clean black alligator strap. While it’s a good choice, it’s a touch too stylish for the technical presentation of the case and dial, and a rubber strap might be more appropriate.