Officine Panerai again pays tribute to the genius of Galileo Galilei with a new Radiomir 1940 dedicated to “Lo Scienziato” (“The Scientist”) who, through his research, laid the foundations of the science of time measurement.
In honour of its own Florentine origins, Officine Panerai has for many years been promoting the genius of Galileo Galilei as a tribute to the great Tuscan scientist who, by formulating the law of isochronism of the small oscillations of the pendulum, revolutionised the history of time measurement.
Thanks to the sponsorship of Officine Panerai, in 2012 the Museo Galileo in Florence created a section where period exhibits and interactive multimedia devices illustrate Galileo’s decisive contribution to the history of time measurement.
At the same time, Officine Panerai created a range of exclusive timepieces of the highest quality named “Lo Scienzato”, which are a tribute to the memory and fundamental legacy of the great physicist, philosopher, mathematician and astronomer.
Officine Panerai’s most recent creation in the “Lo Scienzato” range is the new Radiomir 1940 Tourbillon GMT Oro Rosso 48mm, a timepiece with remarkable aesthetic impact and impressive technical features, developed by the “Laboratorio di Idee” of the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel.
What immediately stands out is the sophisticated work of skeletonising the P. 2005/S movement, the hand-wound calibre with a tourbillon regulator which brings this superb timepiece to life. Every component has been reduced to its essential structure and it is therefore possible to admire the arrangement, finish and action of the movement in great detail, both through the dial and the back.
The most fascinating attraction is undoubtedly the rotation of the tourbillon cage. The mechanism created by Officine Panerai is unusual in that a single rotation is completed in 30 seconds – instead of the traditional 60 – and it rotates on a perpendicular axis, instead of parallel to that of the balance wheel. This special construction compensates more effectively position errors caused by the force of gravity, thus ensuring more accurate time measurement.
The skeletonised bridges and plates not only reveal the fascinating interlacing of the gear wheels and components of the watch but also the unwinding of the springs inside the three barrels which give the timepiece a power reserve of six days. The power reserve remaining is indicated on the back of the movement.
“Lo Scienziato” is presented for the first time in a Radiomir 1940 case of 5NPT red gold, the diameter of which is an imposing 48 mm.
To enable the sophisticated skeletonising to be admired, the watch does not have a normal dial: the small seconds dial at 9 o’clock, with its indicator dot rotating simultaneously with the tourbillon cage, and the counter at three o’clock, with the AM/PM indication are integral with the movement.
On the other hand, the linear hour-markers and numbers, all coated in ecru Super-LumiNova® are directly fixed to the black flange on which the name “Lo Scienziato” is engraved.
The P.2005/S movement also has the GMT function with a central hand indicating a second time zone, day/night indication on an auxiliary dial at three o/clock and the system for quickly setting local time. This is done by means of a star wheel with 12 teeth and a small friction spring, which enables the single hour hand to be adjusted in jumps, without interfering with the movement of the minute hands or the running of the watch.
Produced in a limited edition of 30 units, the new Radiomir 1940 Tourbillon GMT (PAM00559) comes with a black alligator strap and a polished red gold folding buckle.
Like all Panerai watches, even the most valuable and sophisticated, the new model is water-resistant, in this case to 5 bar (equivalent to a depth of 50 metres).
Model: LO SCIENZIATO – RADIOMIR 1940 TOURBILLON GMT ORO ROSSO – 48mm
- Movement: Skeleton hand-wound mechanical, P.2005/S calibre
- Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, second time zone, 24h indicator, power reserve indicator on the back, tourbillon
- Case: 48 mm, 18 ct. polished red gold
- Power reserve: 144 hours
- Water-resistance: 5 bar (~50 metres)