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Pan­erai’s Ra­diomir 1940 10 Days GMT Au­to­matic Oro Rosso PAM624 is birthed in one world, for an­other

World of Watches (Singapore) - - Contents - WORDS YEO SUAN FUTT

We gen­er­alise about ev­ery­thing, and stuff in­for­ma­tion into neat lit­tle boxes in our heads in or­der to cope with com­plex­ity in daily life. And we are gen­er­ally happy with things be­ing as sim­ple as we choose to think them, pay­ing no mind to the sub­tleties we miss – what we don’t per­ceive, we can­not ap­pre­ci­ate, and that’s that. We only re­alise some­thing is amiss when com­plex­ity pre­vi­ously un­ac­counted for, cre­ates con­se­quences that we were in too great a hurry to an­tic­i­pate. In other words, when re­al­ity bites us in the rear.

Bet­ter and safer to revel in com­plex­ity, then; to take more time to dis­cover the world around us, and the peo­ple who pop­u­late and move it. And com­plex­ity is a qual­ity that our cover watch em­bod­ies with such flair and poise.

At its root, a Pan­erai watch is a war ma­chine on one’s wrist. Not a gen­eral is­sue field watch that sol­diers can pur­chase from the gift shop on a mil­i­tary base, but in­stru­ments is­sued to elite navy com­man­dos who waged un­con­ven­tional war­fare un­der­lined by stealth and se­crecy. Gen­eral is­sue is not nec­es­sar­ily in­fe­rior, but spe­cial­ist equip­ment in­tended for com­bat ac­tion be­hind en­emy lines is nec­es­sar­ily tested to a higher level, mo­ti­vated at least by the wearer’s de­sire to stay alive. And then, there’s the ex­clu­siv­ity and nov­elty. It took a long time for Pan­erai to reach the gen­eral civil­ian con­sumer. Some six decades from when it first be­gan life on the wrists of men who fought from the shad­ows. What a story; so quaint, po­tent and mas­cu­line. A crys­talli­sa­tion of pur­pose, in­formed by the sen­su­ous­ness of Ital­ian de­sign.

But if Pan­erai had crept to­wards gen­eral mar­ket re­lease with the gen­tle pace of a hu­man tor­pedo, which its first wear­ers once rode to war, Pan­erai in re­cent years has blazed the path of a man­u­fac­ture with blitzkrieg speed, vi­sion and re­solve, creat­ing watches with in­no­va­tive ma­te­ri­als and fin­ish, and de­vel­op­ing in­house move­ments at a rate few com­pa­nies dare con­tem­plate.

The Ra­diomir 1940 on our cover doesn’t look very dif­fer­ent from the orig­i­nal of the 1930s. The hall­mark cush­ion case and sand­wich dial re­mains, as well as the lovely, loopy nu­mer­als. But in los­ing the wire lugs (a tweak Pan­erai in­tro­duced in 1940), and cas­ing it in rose gold with brown sun­burst dial, while shed­ding a few mil­lime­tres, Pan­erai has trans­formed the Ra­diomir from the grand­daddy of tool watches, to some­thing al­to­gether ur­bane, so­phis­ti­cated, and dare we say it, dressy.

In­side, the re­fine­ment con­tin­ues. Note that Pan­erai’s first in-house au­to­matic move­ment used here goes be­yond ba­sic func­tion­al­ity, but is a highly evolved cal­i­bre boast­ing GMT, sec­onds re­set, and 10 days of power re­serve; taste­fully skele­tonised to re­veal a lot of its in­nards.

A dress watch through and through, with tool watch un­der­pin­nings and deep tech­ni­cal so­phis­ti­ca­tion, PAM624 is beauty that frus­trates easy cat­e­gori­sa­tion.

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