16 December, 2012THE REMARKABLE CHARISMA OF THE 6154: THE ”SMALL EGIZIANO” BY OFFICINE PANERAI, A STAR OF CHRISTIE’S AUCTION
On 14 December 2012, at the Rockfeller Center in New York, Officine Panerai was one of the undisputed stars of Christie’s “Important Watches” auction, an important event attracting the greatest watch collectors from all over the world. At the auction the 6154, renowned for its rare beauty and known by enthusiasts of the Florentine brand as the “Egiziano Piccolo” or “Small Egiziano”, was knocked down for the figure of $326,500, three times its pre-sale estimate of $80,000 to $120,000: a record price never before achieved by a Panerai watch.
This exceptional watch created by Officine Panerai for the Egyptian Navy has a stainless steel case and its characteristic Panerai Radiomir brass dial was originally black. The copper colour which is so admired today is the result of the corrosive action of the Radiomir, the radium paste used to make the dial luminous, which having been in contact with the brass for many years has radically changed its colour. The remarkable result achieved in this auction is a confirmation of the fascination and power commanded by the history of Officine Panerai, a brand which looks forward to the future while always remaining true to its past.