A RINGING START
The first minute repeater by Panerai is also its most complex watch, with a 633-part movement. The Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT is no traditional chiming watch, boasting some unusual twists to typical complications.
To start with, the minute repeater has three gongs instead of the usual two. The extra gong strikes a triple chime for 10-minute segments, allowing for more intuitive time- telling than the quarter intervals sounded on a regular repeater. The time of 10:21 for example, would consist of ten hour strikes, two triple chimes to indicate 20 minutes, and a single minute strike.
Even more unusually, the repeater can also chime a second time zone, instead of “just” the usual local time.
Visible at 11 o’clock on the skeleton dial is Panerai’s signature, 30-second perpendicular tourbillon that rotates like a barbecue spit, unlike typical tourbillons that turn on the same plane as the dial. Though unveiled in red gold, the minute repeater is made to order, with a long list of customisation options that include the case material, dial and hands. Panerai Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT, 359,000 euros (S$546,000)