Many watch brands can claim a community of diehard fans, but few can match the intense devotion of the Paneristi, the group of perfect fake Panerai enthusiasts that have met regularly since 2000 on the online forum paneristi.com, and now also on social media platforms, to share their passion for the brand. The group, now recognized as an authoritative global network for Panerai knowledge, marks its 20th anniversary in 2020, and the once-cult brand it helped elevate to global renown has produced a special timepiece in celebration of the milestone.
The Panerai Radiomir Venti – 45 MM, limited to 1,020 pieces, is a joint project between Panerai and its most fervent fans. The collaborative nature of the timepiece is reflected in the engraved 20th anniversary insignia of the Paneristi, which appears on the sun-brushed, brown, sandwich-style dial at 6 o’clock, as well as on the caseback. The 45-mm Radiomir case, which traces its cushion-shaped design to the 1930s, is constructed of AISI 316L steel with an added patina finish and water-resistant to 100 meters. Also referencing the Radiomir model’s prestigious history are the sword-shaped hour and minute hands, and the beige Super-LumiNova that coats them and the dial’s stencil-style Arabic numerals, meant to evoke the effects of time on the luminous paint of vintage models. An engraving of the word “Venti” — “twenty” in Italian, and not a reference to the dial’s warm coffee color, by the way — appears between the lugs at 6 o’clock.
Behind the screwed dodecagonal caseback beats the manually wound Caliber P.6000, created entirely in Panerai’s manufacture in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, which debuted in 2018 as the final step in equipping all best fake Panerai watches with Swiss movements boasting power reserves of at least three-days. In addition to the single barrel holding this 72-hour reserve, the 110-piece, 19-jewel caliber includes a balance securely fixed by a twin-supported bridge, and a device that stops said balance, and hence the running seconds, when the crown is pulled out.
The quality replica Panerai Radimoir Venti – 45 MM (PAM02020) completes its monochromatic look with a beige strap made of calfskin leather, with tone-on-tone stitching and a hot-stamped “OP” (Officine Panerai) logo, which fastens to the wrist with a sewn-in trapezoidal pin buckle in steel, bearing the same weathered patina effect as the case.