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An adventure in Florence, and a timepiece, from Panerai
Before the advent of electricity, bells and chimes were the only ways to tell time once darkness falls. It was for this reason the minute repeater mechanism was invented, but it is because of its technical significance that keeps it interesting to collectors today. The complication is particularly important to Panerai due to the brand’s association with the Italian navy. On ships, the striking of the bell marks meal times, rouses the crew in the morning, and indicates the end of each watch.
Panerai pays tribute to its maritime legacy with the Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT PAM600. Housing the manufacture movement P.2005/MR, the watch strikes the time with three hammers instead of the more traditional two, so the resultant chime has more of a melody. Perhaps most remarkable is the fact that the repeater function can be used for both the local time and the second time zone, effectively making it a double hour and minute repeater mechanism.
Purchase the abovementioned timepiece (or another watch, subjected to agreement with the brand) and experience the best way to understand Panerai and its legacy - with a private tour of the brand’s manufacture, and a comprehensive tour of Florence, its birth city.Read More