The dial of the Panerai timepiece, the heart of the new Table Clock, is one of the most recognisable iconic elements in the history of mechanical watchmaking. The minimalism of the design, with linear hour markers alternating with large figures at the cardinal points, ensures excellent legibility which is further enhanced by the construction of the dial itself. Since the 1930s, the dials of Panerai watches have been made of two superimposed plates enclosing luminous material, the luminescence of which shines through openings in the upper plate corresponding to the hour markers. The result is a dial of great intensity, very legible under even the poorest lighting conditions, that is absolutely modern as only the classics of design can be. Through the mineral glass hemisphere, which protects the dial and at the same time enlarges it through its magnifying effect, it is also possible to admire other details of vintage inspiration, such as the inscription “Radiomir Panerai” and “8 Days” which are engraved, not printed, on the dial.
The Table Clock is the first such timepiece with a mechanical movement made by Panerai. This movement is the manufacture P.5000 calibre, hand wound with a power reserve of eight days, historically inspired by the Angelus movement used in Panerai watches in the 1940s. A long power reserve is particularly useful in a table clock, since the winding crown need not be touched for a week; this duration is achieved by two spring barrels connected in series. The solid construction of the calibre recalls that of certain period movements, the mechanism being enclosed between two plates which cover most of the wheelwork. A few details are exposed and visible, such as the balance wheel and the intermediate Wheel.
The large winding crown at 12 o’clock is enclosed by a stirrup of polished steel, the original design of which – in honour of Officine Panerai’s historic association with the world of the sea and of sailing – is inspired by that of the shackle, the accessory common on sailing yachts which enables ropes or steel cables to be fixed in a simple, secure way. The spherical clock is elegantly and securely supported on the table by a round base of brushed steel, personalised with the engraved “Officine Panerai” name.