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Panerai Radiomir GMT Alarm PAM 238 Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com Want a GMT? That's easy? Want an alarm? Still doable. Do you want all of the above in a rose gold Panerai Radiomir? That culls the heard considerably; you need the Panerai Radiomir GMT Alarm PAM 238. As one of only 200 pieces produced, it's more than all of the above; it's all that and *very* exclusive. For model years 2006, the renowned Firenze-based watchmaker graced the market with a bare handful of these full-featured upscale Panerai Radiomir GMT Alarm watches. The combination of "Officine Panerai" and "complicated watch" is something of an exception by definition, so the company called in a key ally: Girard-Perregaux. G-P's complications prowess needs no introduction, and the firm immediately modified a tried-and-true automatic A. Schild caliber to provide the motive force behind the refined Panerai Radiomir PAM 238. With a second time zone, a date, an alarm, and automatic winding, there's a tremendous amount of upscale horology packed into this 42mm 18-karat rose gold case. Speaking of *that* case, it's a stunner. Formal attire and Panerai are only slightly more accustomed than the latter and complications, so the sight of a no-holds-barred "black tie" companion from Firenze is enough to turn heads at your local Red Bar meet-up. But this Panerai Radiomir PAM 238 pulls it off. Consider the depth of the dial; the management of space from its polished rim down its dished rehaut into the indexes is a case study in visual tension. The captive eye glides downward across the structures and into the magnetic pull of the matching 18-karat gold hands. Despite the breadth of information available (alarm time, local time zone, date, reference time zone), the Panerai Radiomir GMT Alarm retains outstanding symmetry and visual balance. There is no sense of crowding or busy details; the classical simplicity of the underlying Panerai sports watch shines through undimmed. It's a sight to behold, but only a fortunate few will behold it on their own wrists. With only 200 in circulation and many permanently "retired" from the market as prized collector's pieces, the Panerai Radiomir GMT Alarm PAM 238 is a serious trophy for any watch box. See this outstanding Panerai Radiomir GMT Alarm PAM 238 and its factory accessories in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso.