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

Typical Panerai treats include the reassuringly snappy crown shield lever — which I needed to fiddle with whenever I had a brief moment to spare in a queue or on public transportation. It’s something that I find myself reaching and disappointedly not finding after strapping on other watches. Also appreciated was that the 24mm lug width which opens up a nearly infinite supply of strap options.Panerai will market you calf and buffalo leather straps from CHF 220 heading up to CHF 360 to get alligator ones. But honestly, at this point, there’s such a vast choice of aftermarket straps that you would be tremendously encouraged to shop around there (and support those guys, too). If anything, this black-on-black option I think is somewhat safe and dull, particularly because this white dial version is all about more vivid colors and forcing regular, secure aesthetics to the side a little. Aside from looks, wearability is as great as it always is with a Panerai, as the watch is held firm and secure as a result of its ample width, thickness, and rigidity of the strap along with its enormous, Panerai-marked pin buckle.The dial is more peculiar not simply in its colour but also in its markings, together with Arabic numerals around (unlike your more typical Panerai dials that only have numerals for 12, 3, 6, and 9 with baton markers everywhere else) plus an additional and, again, sexier 60-minute track on the periphery.

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.