One of the most interesting timepieces that was unveiled by Panerai at SIHH 2011, aside from the Bronzo, was the Panerai Radiomir 8 Day Ceramica.
The Radiomir has the smallest diameter within the men’s collection. At 45 mm (Radiomors are also available in 42 mm), it features Panerai’s signature style, but with a few less millimeters in diameter and no oversized crown guard, making it one of the most comfortable Panerai’s.
The new Radiomir has a substantial 8-Day power-reserve. Powered by not two, but three barrels. The P2002/3 is a very impressive calibre in Panerai’s growing lineup of in-house manufacture movements. The mechanical hand-wound movement runs at 28,800 vph (4Hz), has 21 jewels, a monometallic Glucydur balance, KIF Parechoc anti-shock protection and a total of 225 components. The movement, which is not highly decorated, is still very nice looking when viewed through the sapphire caseback.
The case is made of a synthetic ceramic, made of zirconium oxide (ZrO2), a material obtained through a process of isostatic pressure on the material in powder form, which results in a uniform and even finish. Ceramic cases are very hard, with the benefit of high scratch and corrosion resistance. It is also resistance to high temperatures (although I’m not sure when it will ever be subjected to high temperatures while strapped to your wrist).
The dial is clean and very simple, with a prominent 8-Day linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock. The strap is made of soft black leather with a large titanium buckle, coated in black DLC. Water-resistance in 100 meters. Limited to 500 pieces worldwide. (Ref. PAM00384) The retail price is $14,700.