SIHH 2015: Panerai Unveils Its First Carbon Fibre Watch, The Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech Japanese Movement Replica


Each of the finishing seems to be machine-produced, but the borders of the plates and the countersinks are nicely beveled and polished nevertheless — adding a little flair to an otherwise very technical looking motion. Texts are in blue and are very tastefully performed in relatively small, discreet letters — and this still contrasts well against the subtle, horizontal brushed finishing of this plates.Overall, the P.5000 is a taste that is developed in the meaning that it doesn’t at all want to be the prettiest, most strikingly handsome movement out there — however, on a personal note, part of me is happy about that and I love that Panerai seems to have thought this through and proceeded with something that matches their army styling and legacy more. The P.5000 also includes an impressively low variety of elements at only 127 in total.A power reserve indicator arguably would have been a wonderful element but would certainly have driven up the cost and added sophistication. Therefore, in this case and paired with the 192-hour power reserve, I didn’t overlook it much.Price for the the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561 is CHF 5,700, that is CHF 1,200 dearer than the PAM630, which has essentially the same dial (different lume colour and base logo at 6) but the OP that I (ETA 6497) hand-wound motion instead of the P.5000. In other words, the P.5000 using its 8-day power reserve will run you an additional CHF 1,200 that, for anybody comfortable with all Swiss luxury watch pricing practices, really is not that large of a jump.Sticking with all the P.5000, Panerai has a wide range of alternatives to the PAM561 including the same watch with a black dial (PAM560) as well as a titanium-clad version (PAM562) for CHF 600 more.

For the new Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM616, Panerai has turned to a carbon fibre reinforced polymer known as Carbotech for the case, bezel and crown lever bridge, the first time Panerai has used a carbon fibre composite.

Long popular with brands like Hublot and Richard Mille, it is now Panerai‘s turn to use carbon fibre composite for a watch case. The new Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic (PAM00616) is named after the carbon fibre reinforced polymer used for make the case, bezel and crown lock bridge. Carbon fibre composites like Carbotech have a characteristic wave-like pattern due to the layering process used to make the material. Sheets of carbon fibre are laid on top of each other, with a polymer resin in between to hold it together. It is then put in an autoclave, a sort of high pressure oven, resulting in a light and strong composite. The distinctive striped appearance is due to the layers of carbon fibre inside.

Rated to 300 m, like most of the other Panerai Submersible watches, the case is 47 mm in diameter, with blue accents on the dial as well as parchment coloured Super-Luminova.

While the case is carbon composite, the screw-down back is titanium due to the fact that carbon fibre composite not reacting well to torsional (or twisting) forces. The PAM616 is equipped with the P.9000 automatic movement and a rubber strap. The Submersible Carbotech is part of the regular collection, with pricing yet to be announced.