Panerai Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT
If you’ve got a spare £27k burning a hole in your pocket, Panerai is providing you with an opportune way to spend it: the Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT. The watch is as complicated as its name—in fact, it’s the brand’s most complicated piece to date.
The brand cites inspiration for the watch from its longstanding maritime ties, and the tradition of marking the passage of time with the ringing of a ship’s bell. Featuring two decimal minute repeaters, the Carillon is equipped with a GMT function that allows the chimes to sound at both a local and home time. The first and lowest gong indicates the hour, and the last and highest signifies the individual minutes. What sets this watch apart is the second gong; where traditional minute repeaters chime to the passage of 15 minutes, the Carillon’s triple chime second gong marks ten minutes instead.
But that’s not all that’s on offer; the watch also boasts a tourbillon, and the brand new calibre P.2005/MR. The movement, visible through the skeletonised case, is the result of several years of research and development at the Laboratorio di Idee in the Neuchâtel manufacture, and it features two spring barrels and a power reserve of four days.
In case you needed any more convincing, Panerai has further sweetened the deal by making the piece available by custom order only; buyers can personalise their watch with customisations to things like the strap and case material.