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


Power reserve is, you guessed it, three days involving two barrels. Another thing worth mentioning is that there is a seconds reset purpose, so when the time has been set the equilibrium stops along with the seconds hand returns to zero.Moving into the Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 dialup, Panerai coated it with carbon nanotubes. What this has done is that it basically allows the dial to consume more light and reduce reflection when enhancing the blackness of dial and making the gloomy Superluminova on the hands and markers seem more vivid. Because they couldn’t publish or stamp on the dial, the figures and text are applied directly onto the crystal which has the double-antireflective coating applied.The 49mm-wide instance is water-resistant to 100M and is made of Carbotech, which is a carbon-fibre based publication we have seen within a few Panerai watches in yesteryear. Thin sheets of carbon fiber are compressed at high pressures at a controlled temperature using a polymer named PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone), a process which binds both and makes the resulting product stronger.Seeing the integration of innovative materials in watch movements is something I am looking forward to following closely. Making the need for lubrication superfluous whilst boasting a 50-year warranty is a good way for both Panerai and their Liboratorio Di Idee, or LAB-ID, division to get attention, and that I doubt it’s a claim they would make unless they believed secure that it’s realistic.It includes just two series-coupled mainspring barrels that collectively supply 8 days worth of electricity reserve, although you do only get a 3 Hertz operating frequency.

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.