The Florentine watchmaker Panerai once supplied the Italian Royal Navy with precision instruments, which over time also inspired the brand’s passion for historic ships. The Eilean is a historic sailboat, designed and built by shipbuilder William Fife, and restored to its original state with the support of Panerai. In fact, Panerai produced the very first Radiomir prototype watch shortly after the completion of the sailing ship Eilean in 1936.
Today, Panerai has launched a new Radiomir Eilean Sailing Experience Edition watch (model: PAM01244), limited to 50 pieces. Customers who purchase the watch will receive a Mediterranean trip to the Amalfi Coast on the Eilean, as well as a digital wallet based on the latest Web3 blockchain technology, allowing the brand to create for customers through NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens). Unique digital works.
The new watch is made of antique stainless steel and bronze with a diameter of 45 mm. The shape of the case is inspired by the original Radiomir of the 1930s, but with a flatter profile. The bezel, crown and caseback are made of bronze, the same material used in the restoration of the sailing ship Eilean. The side of the case is decorated with the dragon’s head pattern usually found on the bow, while the case back is engraved with the words “Eilean 1936”. The watch comes with a dark brown calfskin strap with stitching inspired by nautical knots.
The dial features the iconic “sandwich” structure and is decorated in blue with a delicate texture reminiscent of the teak deck of a sailboat. The hour hand adopts a partition design, just like the original. Despite the choice of Super-LumiNova rather than Radiomir as the fluorescent material, the beige numerals and indexes still glow green as they did a century ago.
This watch is powered by the P.6000 hand-wound movement with a 3-day power reserve. The entire watch is water resistant to 10 bar (100 meters). 11.1940.679 / 53.C808