TRUSTED COM­PAN­IONS

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style | Watches -

PAN­ERAI’S FAS­CI­NA­TION WITH THE STARS CON­TIN­UES WITH THE IN­TRO­DUC­TION OF THE RA­DIOMIR 1940 EQUA­TION OF TIME 8 DAYS. WE THINK OF THE DAY IN 24-HOUR PE­RI­ODS, BUT THIS IS AC­TU­ALLY AN AV­ER­AGE DIC­TATED BY THE FACT THAT EARTH’S OR­BIT AROUND THE SUN IS EL­LIP­TI­CAL, AND THAT ITS AXIS IS SLIGHTLY IN­CLINED, LEAD­ING TO A SMALL DIF­FER­ENCE BE­TWEEN THE TIME IN­DI­CATED BY THE SO­LAR MERID­IAN AND THE MEAN TIME DIS­PLAYED ON THE WATCH. THIS CAN BE ROUGHLY PLUS OR MI­NUS 15 MIN­UTES, DEPEND­ING ON THE DAY OF THE YEAR. THE RA­DIOMIR 1940 EQUA­TION OF TIME SHOWS THIS DIF­FER­ENCE ON THE DIAL THROUGH A LIN­EAR SCALE. ON OC­CA­SION, PAN­ERAI RE­VIS­ITS MOD­ELS FROM THE PE­RIOD WHEN IT MADE WATCHES FOR THE ITAL­IAN MIL­I­TARY, CRAFT­ING MOD­ERN VER­SIONS WITH UP­DATES TO THE ME­CHAN­ICS MADE POS­SI­BLE BY TO­DAY’S TECH­NOL­OGY. SUCH A WATCH IS THE NEW MARE NOSTRUM TI­TANIO, A 52MM BE­HE­MOTH, WHICH FAITH­FULLY RE­PRO­DUCES THE DE­SIGN OF A CHRONO­GRAPH PRO­DUCED FOR THE ROYAL ITAL­IAN NAVY IN 1943, BASED ON PRO­TO­TYPES TO WHICH THE BRAND STILL HAS AC­CESS. THE LARGE SIZE IS MADE MORE WEAR­ABLE BY THE USE OF TI­TA­NIUM, WHICH NO­TICE­ABLY RE­DUCES ITS WEIGHT. THE ME­CHAN­I­CAL OP XXV MOVE­MENT IS DE­VEL­OPED ON A MIN­ERVA BASE. IT’S IM­PEC­CA­BLY HAND FIN­ISHED BUT UN­FOR­TU­NATELY HID­DEN FROM VIEW AS THE CASE­BACK RE­MAINS SOLID, AS PER THE ORIG­I­NAL MARE NOSTRUM WATCH.

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