Watch of the Week: Panerai Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT

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This thrilling new timepiece marks a series of innovative firsts for the watchmaker—and the watch world at large.

Panerai makes history this month with the launch of its most complicated watch yet, the brand-new Radiomir 1940 Minute Repeater Carillon Tourbillon GMT, which makes its official debut in Florence on May 18 as part of the Marino Marini Museum exhibition Dive Into Time. Among the functions and features that make this watch so advanced is a skeletonized movement (wherein a good portion of the metal of the components is carved away to allow for visual beauty) that took four years to develop and holds at least one patent to date, for the technical composition of the tourbillon escapement (the device that compensates for errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity when the watch is in different positions). The other is the inclusion of two complete minute-repeater mechanisms that chime the time in two different time zones (local and home)—something that has never been done before. The repeater is also unusual in that instead of chiming the hours, quarter-hours, and minutes on demand as others do, this one chimes the hour, the 10-minute increments, and the minutes via two sets of tiny gongs and hammers in each mechanism. Because of its complexity and time-consuming construction—never mind its expense—the watch will be made on a made-to-order basis only, allowing buyers to customize strap choice, style of hands, and case material. As seen here, the 49mm case is crafted in 18-karat 5N rose gold. From $400,000; panerai.com.

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