This just in - @paneraicentral posted about the new release of two limited editions while Rolex and Tudor have decided to cancel all new releases this year. You can read more about that here. This means they may wait until next year’s Baselworld. Panerai is still releasing new models this spring as they just released the Pam1078 and Pam1144.
With only 232 pieces, the PAM1078 is a 45mm Radiomir 1940s Mediterraneo. Featuring a gradient blue sunburst dial, this limited edition retails for $11,200. It houses the P.4000 3 day micro rotor automatic movement. With a sapphire case back - with wave-like etchings, the movement is visible. Based on the imagery - it appears to feature a sandwich dial as well. You can read more about Panerai’s sandwich and sausage dials here.
The Pam1144 is a 42mm case. With only 245 pieces, this Radiomir 1940s Mediterraneo also features a gradient blue sunburst dial with gold colored dial markers. It also appears to be a sandwich dial. Both models have minute, hour and seconds hands with the seconds hand being at the 9 o’clock. The Pam1144 retails for $7,800 and is powered by the P.1000 3 day manual wind movement. It also has a sapphire case back with wave-like etchings on the back.
The feedback from the paneristi is controversial. One instagram noted the steel model - the Pam1144 will have rhodium hands while the titanium model - the Pam1078 will have gold hands. Additionally, many are comparing this to the PAM690 with its balanced dial, gold hands, manual wind and bubble crystal. Panerai is known to release countless new models. Will COVID-19 force them to slow down? We sure hope not. Sign up for our newsletter below to stay up to date on watch news and reviews.