Sunday, March 24, 2013
Originally developed for use by the Royal Italian Navy, Panerai watches exhibit exclusively patented designs able to support extreme environments such as underwater. The technical excellence of these watches springs from the company’s many years of supplying high-end precision instruments for the Navy. Panerai’s designs reveal their expertise in precision instrument manufacturing. The first of these designs, patented on 1916, is Radiomir. The model name is based on the radium-based powder used in measuring instruments that gives luminosity to the calibration dials and hands. It was prototyped in 1936 for use in First Submarine Group Command of the Navy, followed by an actual production two years later. The original features have been improved further and been added with additional features for maximum performance. And due to Panerai’s pursuit on superior performance, Radiomir was superseded by a new model patented on 1949, called Luminor. The name is signified by a Tritium-based compound that is a self-luminous substance. Today, you can have these historical designs as Radiomir 1940 and Luminor 1950 at Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco – an authorized dealer of Panerai.