Power reserve is, you guessed it, three times between two barrels. Another thing worth mentioning is that there’s a moments reset function, so when the time is being put the balance stops along with the seconds hand yields to zero.Moving on into the Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 dialup, Panerai coated it with carbon nanotubes. This has done is that it essentially allows the dial to absorb more light and decrease reflection while improving the blackness of dial up and making the blue Superluminova on the hands and markers look more vivid. Since they could not print or stamp on the dial, then the figures and text are applied straight onto the crystal that then gets the double-antireflective coating applied.The 49mm-wide case is water-resistant to 100M and is constructed of Carbotech, which can be a carbon-fibre based publication we’ve seen in a few Panerai watches in the recent past. Thin sheets of carbon fiber have been compressed at high pressures at a controlled temperature with a polymer called PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone), a process which binds both and leaves the resulting product stronger.Seeing the integration of innovative materials in watch moves is something I am looking forward to following carefully. Making the demand for lubrication superfluous whilst boasting a 50-year warranty is a good way for Panerai and their Liboratorio Di Idee, or LAB-ID, division to get attention, and I doubt it’s a claim they would make unless they felt safe that it is realistic.It includes just two series-coupled mainspring barrels that collectively supply 8 days worth of power reserve, though you do only get a 3 Hertz operating frequency.
Panerai continues its series of annual Sealand editions dedicated to the Chinese Zodiac with the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat (PAM00848), featuring a hunter case decorated with gold-inlaid hand-engraving.
Fitted with distinctive flip covers over the dial, the hunter cases of Panerai Luminor Sealand watches are a perfect canvas for engraving. To be officially unveiled at SIHH, the 2015 edition of the Luminor 1950 Sealand is dedicated to the Year of the Goat, the seventh in an annual edition for each year’s Chinese Zodiac and also the first in the Luminor 1950 case. While most of the earlier Sealand watches were engraved by Purdey, the maker of precious hunting rifles, Panerai now turns to Italian craftsman for the gold-inlaid engraving. The steel lid is first engraved by hand, and then fine gold wires are beaten into the grooves of the engraving until the image is formed in gold.
The inside of the lid has a little mirror, and beneath it is a steel grey dial that differs from the typical Panerai look. Minimalist with just a “12”, the dial has black baton indices with tiny luminous dots.
Unusually, the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat is the first Sealand watch to use the Luminor 1950 case as well as an in-house movement, the P.9000. Earlier Sealand editions used the standard 44 mm Luminor case which lacks the more complex form of the 1950. Those were also powered by a simple Unitas movement.
Available only at Panerai boutiques and produced in an edition of just 100 watches, the Luminor 1950 Sealand Year of the Goat is priced at 32,500 Singapore dollars, which is equivalent to about US$26,000. Panerai isn’t alone with a Chinese Zodiac-themed timepiece, Vacheron Constantin will also present a Year of the Goat edition at SIHH 2015.