There are prehistoric rules in all cultures where the passage of time is represented by the sounds of bells and the hour and minute repeater mechanism, which allows the watch to chime by pressing down on a push-piece, embodies the legacy of these interesting doctrines in Haute Horlogerie. Panerai took cues for the newest Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT from its heritage, which has been inextricably tied to the world of the ocean for over a century, and from the maritime practice of noting the aging process with a ship’s bell.
The sounding of a bell was especially important on sailing ships because it functioned to awaken the crew in the morning, welcome the sailors for meals, and signal the end of each day. The distinctive tones of the chimes of this unique new Special Edition made by the Panerai Haute Horlogerie Manufacture in Neuchâtel revive this historic heritage.
Minute Repeater Mechanism
The minute repeater mechanism is among the most exquisite complexities of high-grade watch manufacturing, captivating for its unique feature of using sounds to indicate time. No exception to this is the revolutionary Panerai Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT. The existence of three gongs, which bring power to the carillon’s melodious sequence, makes listening to the time more apparent. The ability to choose whether to trigger the sounding of the local time or a second time zone with a simple motion and the ten-minute intermediate stroke make the feature more modern and futuristic.
Above all, Panerai never stops provoking emotions to maintain the enthusiasm of its ardent enthusiasts. In this case, it has done so not only because of the configuration, which instantly elicits the brand’s background but also because of the crystal clarity of a carillon, which arouses voyages into time and space for those who understand how to fantasize, even on deck a marvelous vintage yacht on which a ship’s bell makes it sound.
Meet The Panerai Carillon
The Panerai Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT Oro Rosso marks a remarkable achievement for the brand, which is unveiling a fully mechanical system of enormous complexity that chimes the hours, minutes, and ten-minute periods on request. These varied indicators are achieved by striking three different notes with three different hammers, the conjunction of which produces a highly harmonic sound, comparable to the chiming of a bell. Panerai distinguishes itself by streamlining and bringing time computation more quickly by creating a minute repeater watch that chimes ten-minute periods rather than fifteen-minute ones, as is generally the case.
One of the most notable characteristics of this high-end wristwatch is the ability to choose the time to be chimed by choosing between local and international time. The revolutionary P.2005/MR caliber, totally created and precisely skeletonized by the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, can be viewed due to sapphire crystals positioned on both the front and back of the case. This movement features a tourbillon escapement, whose cage spins on an axis perpendicular to the axis of the balance wheel and produces two rotations every minute: this rotation guarantees improved accuracy by compensating for the uneven rate induced by the action of gravity.
The Double Hour Mechanism
One of the most notable mainstream characteristics of the Panerai Minute Repeater Carillon is the ability to operate the repeater function for both local time and a second time zone, as shown on the dial by the AM/PM indicator on the counter at 3 o’clock and the center arrow hand.
In this instance, the ease of selection and activation of what is essentially a double hour and minute repeater mechanism is excellent, and the gadget is built to safeguard the movement from any potential damage. When the winding crown push-button is pressed, the indication at 8 o’clock (red dot) rotates to indicate which time zone will be chimed. The red dot denotes the time zone wherein the chimes will be heard. The pushbutton on the winding crown allows you to alter the time zone emitted by the Minute Repeater. To hear the chime for the Local Time, first, connect the 3 on the dial with the black dot on the winding crown.
The tourbillon regulator, one of the most exciting ideas in mechanics used for watchmaking, is found in the hand-wound P.2005/MR caliber. The amazing Panerai tourbillon can be seen from both the front and rear of the Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT, due to the meticulous process of skeletonization. The rotation of the tourbillon in Panerai’s proprietary technology differs from that of the standard tourbillon. The balancing cage in the classic design spins continually on itself, minimizing the changes induced by gravity.
The tourbillon cage revolves on an axis that is perpendicular to, rather than parallel to, that of the balance in the unique Panerai mechanism. In addition, whereas a standard tourbillon spins once per minute, the P.2005/MR takes 30 seconds, as indicated by the indicator that revolves in the little seconds counter at 9 o’clock. The faster speed and unique layout of the mechanism allow it to adjust for any possible rate variations very efficiently, guaranteeing exceptionally accurate timekeeping reliability. The two spring barrels and the hammers of the minute repeaters that contain a power reserve of at least four days, are viewable through the open back, which also allows you to see the power reserve indication positioned on the movement.
The minute repeater mechanism and hand-wound P.2005/MR caliber are the outcomes of four years of intensive research and development at the Neuchâtel Manufacture by the Laboratorio di Idee. Panerai truly made an exceptional and unprecedented technical masterpiece with its Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT.
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