You may have noticed that in the past decade or so, watches have begun to become larger. In fact, a lot of watches today are absolutely huge.
Sometimes, this is done simply as a fashion statement. On other occasions, it’s done in order to allow some additional complications be be squeezed into the case.
The last is certainly the case with the awkwardly-named Panerai Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon.
That’s a lot of name, but on the other hand, it’s also a lot of watch. It ought to be; the price starts at $400,000, though they are all made to order and you can have some additional features added, if you like, for some additional money.
So, what do you get for your $400,000? For starters, you’re going to get a gold case and sapphire crystal, but you’d likely expect that. You’ll also get a dual time zone watch.
This one’s a bit odd, though, as the form factor of the watch is a skeleton model. This allows you to see what’s going on inside, and that’s nice in this case, because there’s a lot going on inside.
There is only one pair of hands, but there’s a small inset indicator for either “home time” or “local time” so we assume that there’s a button that one can activate that will change the display to reflect the time in the time zone that you’re interested in seeing. A small red indicator will show you which one you’re currently seeing.
Oh, and there’s also a tourbillon. Because why not? A tourbillon isn’t quite the showstopper that it used to be, seeing as though even the Chinese have started making watches with them, but among certain segments of the watch-buying public, it’s still a feature that buyers like to see.
And see you will, as the works of the entire movement are visible through the watch face.
Another amazing feature, and the one that makes the Panerai Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon truly unique, is the minute repeater feature. A minute repeater is still a relatively rare and somewhat difficult complication to make, so there aren’t too many on the market, and those that are available are quite expensive.
This one is truly unique, however, as it’s a dual minute repeater that will chime the time for each of the time zones that you’re tracking, and it will do so using a separate mechanism for each time zone.
That means that the chimes that you hear for the time in your home time zone will be different from those from your local time zone, which will allow you to keep track of which is which.
The Panerai Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon is a limited edition, though we have no word as exactly how “limited” it might be. It may be limited to the number of people who have $400,000 to order and pay for one.
Regardless, if you have a need for a dual time zone watch with a tourbillon and a dual minute repeater, Panerai has your back and they’d likely be delighted to sell one to you.