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Radiomir Mediterraneo


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Across Panerai’s collections, its winning formula and iconic look is regularly tweaked to offer a seemingly endless range of variations and options. Now, the brand’s relatively conservative and retro-styled Radiomir is getting two new additions, both with gradient blue dials.

Both new models have the same “Mediterraneo” dial treatment and the familiar Radiomir look. At first glance they might be almost indistinguishable from one another, but Panerai wants you to look closer. In fact, they come in two case sizes and materials: one is 42mm wide in steel, and the other is a bold 45mm but in lightweight titanium. But that’s not where the differences end.

The 42mm PAM1144 has a hand-wound P.1000 movement, while the PAM1078 has the P.4000 automatic movement with a micro-rotor. Utilizing the same base calibre, these are in-house Panerai movements, both offering a solid three days of power reserve. They’re visible through sapphire crystal display case backs, partially obscured by a wave pattern.

All this Italian flare and Mediterranean vibes don’t come cheap, but as is always the case with Panerai, you’re buying serious quality: The Radiomir 42mm Mediterraneo Edition PAM1144 is priced at $7,900 while the titanium Radiomir 45mm Mediterraneo Edition PAM1078 is $11,200.

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Zen Love

Zen Love is Gear Patrol’s watch writer. He avoids the snooty side of the watch world, and seeks out food in NYC that resembles what he loved while living in Asia for over a decade.

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