Panerai Radiomir Eilean PAM01243

Panerai Radiomir Eilean: Even the most established legends have an origin story. The modern Panerai watch as it is recognized today began in 1936 with the Radiomir, an instrument devised to support marine missions and named for the material patented by Guido Panerai to illuminate dials and sights. Its outstanding features: a large, cushion-shaped steel case, luminescent numerals and indexes and welded wire lugs, have passed largely unchanged from one generation of the Radiomir collection to the next, a testament to the stature of the original.
In a stroke of fate, a yacht that would become a part of the Panerai story was also created in 1936. Eilean, designed by preeminent boat builder William Fife III of Scotland’s Fife boatyard, sailed the seas of Europe and the Caribbean for decades before falling into disrepair in the early 21st century. Panerai acquired the yacht in 2006 to fully restore its splendour.
The Panerai Radiomir Eilean couples the hallmark features of the historic Radiomir collection and the aesthetic lineage of Eilean. Its 45mm case, with proportions and features that have endured since the time of the first Radiomir, is composed of patina steel with a matte finish that reflects light with a softer, warmer luster than highly polished metal. Within the case, vintage-style golden finish hands mark the time on a signature sandwich dial featuring numerals and indices in beige SuperLumiNovaTM with a green glow, features that remain faithful to the appearance of early models.
Details that reveal the special nautical inheritance of the Radiomir Eilean are apparent from every vantage. The surface of the dial features striations and a variegated brown finish that evokes the teak deck of the yacht, while the caseback and strap bear an inscription that reads “Eilean 1936” and is identical to one located on the ship’s boom. Likewise, the dragon emblem that decorates the boat’s hull was reproduced in an engraving on the left-hand side of the case. Made from leather produced in Tuscany, the Italian region where Panerai was born, the watch strap features painstaking stitching inspired by lacing found on the sails of Eilean. Only able to be applied by hand, the technique produces a strap that will withstand the rigors of hard conditions while maintaining its integrity and beauty. The totality of elements celebrates the majesty of materials and techniques that only improve with the passage of time and the accumulation of history.
Faithful to the heritage of the Radiomir inside and out, the Radiomir Eilean features a hand-wound movement like its forebears and its case is water-resistant up to 10 bar (about 100 meters), while its calibre has a three-day power reserve and is designed and developed at the Panerai manufacture in Neuchatel.
Available in only 449 pieces per year, which reminds of the sail number of Eilean, the Radiomir Eilean will debut in July 2021 to coincide with the arrival of its namesake yacht in Portofino as part of a celebration of Italianità, a concept that describes the highest expression of distinctly Italian culture, style and identity.
The Radiomir Eilean is a brilliant representation of Italianità in the watchmaking sphere.
The Panerai Radiomir Eilean celebrates the yacht restored by the Manufacture. Both the original Radiomir and the Eilean were created in 1936, and Panerai took on the ship as it continued to deteriorate. In honour of this venerable ship, the Radiomir Eilean is presented with a brown teak dial. Engravings and inscriptions complement the watch. The brown strap made of Italian leather also refers to the yacht with its stitching, which is reminiscent of the lacing on the sails.
In the same year that the first Radiomir debuted, a yacht designed by the renowned boatbuilder William Fife III was also built in 1936. The Eilean was in service for decades before falling into disrepair at the beginning of the 21st century. The Panerai manufacture took on the ship in 2006 and restored it. Now the Eilean is sailing around the world again and will arrive in Portofino in July 2021, where the Italianità will be celebrated.
William Fife III (1857 –1944) was a 3rd generation yacht builder from Fairlie, in Scotland. His father and grandfather had themselves created an enviable reputation for the quality of their work. Building on this legacy, Fife surpassed their exacting standards and went on to become the premier yacht builder of his era. Renowned for their solid construction, speed and flamboyance, his yachts were highly sought after and were even commissioned for prestigious events, such as the America’s Cup. Fife’s achievements were well recognised, he was awarded an OBE in 1919 and a posthumous induction to the Americas Cup Hall of Fame in 2004.

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