PAM 309 Panerai Radiomir Titanium 47mm
Based on Minerva Movement
Tracking from memory or exploring the design elements that were associated with history was an essential development direction in modern watch-making industry, so was Panerai. Every detail of each series, the streak of the case, even the design of the new models, Panerai put emphasis on the historical origin of their own. In 2008, Panerai introduced a Radiomir watch that was equipped with Minerva movement, in fact, the combination like this has appeared in the past, including Rolex movement, Lemania single-pusher movement and Angelus SF 240 8 Days movement. This time, the new Radiomir Titanium 47mm was not a re-edition of Panerai, and Minerva has not been incorporated into the Richemont Group, so, it was not surprised that its movement would be equipped by the watch brand in the Richemont Group. Panerai emphasized the relation between history and design, and Minerva indeed supplied some movement parts to Panerai during the 1930s and 40s, so, the collaboration of this time was natural and logical.
Large geared wheel was Minerva's feature, its frequency was 18,000 vph. Special bridge shape, although there was no "Minerva" word engraved on, after being modified by Panerai, it was obviously the Minerva's design in appearance.
Collaboration Related to History
OP XXVI, which was modified from Minerva Cal. 16-17, kept the original feature of Minerva, like the large geared balance wheel, 18,000, although the bifurcated bridge has been improved, you could recognize it was the Minerva's design. In appearance, Panerai CEO Angelo Bonati expected to use simple material to show the movement's value, so they first adopted Titanium on Radiomir, the bezel is polished.
The Pink Gold Ring around the inner bezel was a new decoration which Panerai added, it was to imitate the past spiral that was used to fix the bezel. The Pink Gold Ring on the Sandwich Dial was a newly added detail, whose design concept came from the spiral that was invented in the 1940s, it was used in those 8-days models and its role was to fixed the bezel. The new Radiomir watch that was equipped with the discontinued Minerva movement was published in a limited number of 150, 100 pieces for black dial and 50 for coffee dial. Besides, Panerai also assembled 50 pieces of vintage Minerva chronograph movements into Ferrari, which was based on the different attribute of the two brands.