This year at SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie) Panerai debuted a new Radiomir from their Historic Collection. Dubbed the Radiomir 8 Days Ceramica 45mm this new Radiomir features a couple big steps for Panerai, most notably a ceramic case and in-house handwound movement featuring an astounding 8 days of power reserve. The movement is the Panerai P2002/3 calibre and uses three spring barrels to achieve its awesome power reserve. The movement has been around since 2006 and is the same as the p.2002, but doesnt have the GMT complication. Most mechanical movements feature 38-50 hours of power reserve so this movement is definitely an example of high end watch making. Even better than the movement is how the flat black ceramic case and sandwhich dial combine to make one of the best looking Panerai in recent history. Measuring 45mm wide and featuring a 2mm thick sapphire crystal the Ceramica is not overly large for a Panerai but thanks to the ceramic material used to make the case it should be nearly impossible to scratch or corrode.
Ceramic has been very popular in watch making of late and its exciting to see a high end brand run with the concept while still keeping with Panerai's traditional additude and style. The end result is a stunningly beautiful watch that has been one of the most talked about pieces shown at SIHH this year. The beauty, high end materials, and in-house technology will not come cheap, the Ceramica has an approximate retail price of $14,700.