Officine Panerai pays tribute to the genius Galileo Galilei, considered to be the Father of Scientific Reason, by creating a planetarium-clock encased within a large transparent glass orb that represents the celestial skies (complete with stars picked out in Super-LumiNova®). Presented for the first time in Singapore, the Panerai Jupiterium shows the position of the sun, moon and Jupiter with his four satellites (Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto) from the geocentric viewpoint of Earth — no doubt a nod to Galileo and his perspective of Jupiter when he looked to the heavens with his newly invented telescope in January 1610.
The Jupiterium [see video below] also features a perpetual calendar at the base that tells the day, date, month and year without any need for manual regulation, even in leap years. A clock — complete with the typical black Panerai face, long stick hour markers, Arabic numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock, and a power reserve indicator — accompanies this ingenious machine.
This entire structure is powered mechanically and will require no calibration until the year 2100. The manually wound movement holds a 40-day power reserve that takes about ten minutes to wind.
The Panerai Jupiterium was first presented to the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, for the exhibition Galileo’s Telescope — The Instrument that Changed the World in December 2009. It later travelled to Florence and Shanghai, and was most recently displayed at the Officine Panerai — Tribute to Galileo: A genius of the Renaissance exhibition in Tokyo in June. It is now exhibiting in Singapore till February 14, 2014.
Officine Panerai, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn #01-18.