5/18/2011

Upcoming Panerai Time and Space Exhibition in Shanghai

To show the excellent tradition and history of its extraordinary fine watch-making technology, and in recognition of Galileo's achievements in science and technology, the Italian advanced watchmaker Panerai came back to its birthplace Florence and held an exhibition named "Time and Space: A Tribute to Galileo Galilei". The exhibition would be held in modern art center Ex3, date was between September 27 and October 2. In this exhibition, Panerai carefully selected the most representative watches and instruments from its HISTORIC and CONTEMPORARY series, three of them were produced to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Galileo's first astronomical discovery and the astronomy-related exhibits became the focus of this exhibition.

Exhibition was divided into three sections. The first section focused on history, the exhibits were selected from Panerai museum, mainly introduced on how Panerai developed from a workshop in Florence to a preferred supplier of the Italian Royal Navy, and provided sophisticated professional equipments for them. The second area was displaying the achievements which Panerai reached in the international market after being acquired by Richemont Group in 1997.

Panerai held a "Time and Space: A Tribute to Galileo Galilei" exhibition in Florence, the exhibition area was located in modern art center Ex3 in Florence.

The newest type P.3000 manual winding movement developed by Panerai also first appeared in this exhibition. The third area was exclusively set to pay tribute to Galileo Galilei, to commemorate this creative genius who came from Italy and loved science very much. Panerai made three outstanding products with complicated functions in 2010: L'Astronomo (Luminor 1950 Equation of Time Tourbillon Titanium - 50mm), Lo Scienziato (Radiomir Tourbillon GMT Ceramic - 48mm) and Panerai Jupiterium.


This exhibition would be moved to Shanghai, China and held there in May 2011 for two weeks. At the appointed time, watch fans from China would have the chance to appreciate these special products (L'Astronomo, Lo Scienziato and Panerai Jupiterium) up close and experience the highest-level integration of Italian design and Swiss watch-making technology.

P.3000 manual winding movement, hours, minutes, small seconds, 3-day power reserve 160 components, 21 jewels, 16½ lignes, 5.3mm thick, two barrels, 3 Hz frequency, Incabloc® shock absorber.

P.3000 was the movement that was entirely designed, developed and produced by Panerai factory, which was located in Neuch√Ętel, Switzerland. This manual winding movement shown the ultimate watch-making technology of Panerai, it was extremely outstanding in function, stability, accuracy and long-time power reserve. P.3000 movement was 5.3mm thick, had a diameter of 16½ lignes, was imitated from the size of Panerai's traditional movement. People who were familiar with watches wouldn't difficult to find that P.3000 had the similar structure with the 3/4-plate movement: a big bridge covered most surface of the movement and there was a small bridge beside, the bridges were fixed on the base with thick screws, formed a particularly strong structure. This 21-jeweled movement had two barrels, which was more convenient to use a longer barrel spring, so the intensity could be shared more evenly and making a longer operating hours, the movement therefore had a 3-day power reserve capacity. The balance wheel of the movement was large (13.2mm), it belonged to variable inertia, there were four screws outside the circle to be used as micro-adjusting device to correct the timing frequency. The balance wheel was supported by a bridge with two fixed ends, this design was more stable than the cantilevered single bridge, its vibration frequency was 21,600 times per hour. There was an Incabloc® shock absorber near the balance wheel, free-sprung hairspring.

Panerai Jupiterium

Another two features of P.3000 movement were the polished bridges with rounded edges and the device for quickly adjusting the time: including the star wheel system with twelve adjusting points and a small spring clutch, which allowed the wearer to adjust the hour hand without affecting the activity of minute hand and the normal operation of the watch.

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