Panerai have a new and unusual addition to their portfolio – not a cushion-cased, cuff-shredding manly wristwatch, rather something much more genteel – the Officine Panerai Table Clock.
A New Way to Indicate Time Panerai-Style
Earlier this year the Radiomir pocket watches were unveiled to much acclaim. They offered the option of a nautical-inspired chain, and also a hanging stand allowing the piece to be displayed as a table clock. They also unveiled a new key-wound mechanical pendulum clock – an homage to Galileo, with very classical design references. In the same genre, the Officine Panerai Table Clock gives fans of the brand a superb new way to indicate the time Panerai-style – well worth de-cluttering your desk for.
Panerai Table Clock – Italian Flair for Design
Although Panerai began life as a company which created functional timepieces, they have gone on to become style icons, symbolic of Italian flair for design. The luminosity of early models meant that they were the perfect requisite timepiece for use in extreme conditions and were used by Italy’s elite frogmen for covert missions. Traditionally presented in out-size cases, some with huge crown guards, Panerai models have a highly recognisable face-on plainness, with uncluttered dials topped with broad convex crystals – and if you own a Panerai, no doubt these are the features which got you hooked in the first place. The company have experimented with composites, ceramic and even bronze, but really – polished and satin-brushed steel is still the perfect metal with which to showcase their aesthetics.
Panerai Table Clock – Wholesome Roundness
The Officine Panerai Table Clock retains the synonymous highly recognisable dial but it shuns the cushion shape of the brands wristwatches for wholesome roundness and the whole thing comes presented in a mineral crystal sphere with just a hint of a bezel. This results in a visually stunning, tactile design, which at 65mm across will make quite an impact on any watch collector’s desk space. A caseband made from steel cradles the front and back crystal domes of the piece and is engraved with the Panerai branding. The case is beautifully crafted with some very tasteful contrasting finishes.
The piece is powered by the Swiss manual-wind Panerai in-house P.5000 movement whose twin barrels provide a generous power reserve of 8 days. The almost clinical beauty of the large unadorned movement is visible through rear sapphire. A large winding crown at 12 o’clock with a stirrup-shaped enclosure becomes the dominant feature and the highly distinctive curled numerals and decisive hour markers are entirely at home in their new broader environment.
Referenced as PAM00581, the Officine Panerai Table Clock rests on a round brushed steel engraved base, another meritorious feature. Price £3,800.00