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


It has an expectedly measly 42-hour energy reserve — no fancy Panerai 24mm Watch Strap Replica in-house movement here, arguably since it would not have made much sense for Panerai to expensively develop an in-house chronograph movement that fits to a 42mm case.The km/h bezel is, to put it kindly, a mysterious inclusion on a wristwatch allegedly created for ship commanders. Add to this the reality that this being a regular tachymeter scale, any other unit of speed would work just the same. Just take this as a hint on how many individuals really use the tachymeter scales on their luxury watches.On a positive note, the Mare Nostrum Chronograph is one exceedingly unusual Panerai. This could fire back however – the Mare Nostrum has a malevolent history, with barely any documentation or real pieces remaining from whichever era it actually belongs — and this will raise a few flags for the cautious, super-nerdy collector who really is pretty much entirely aimed for.All this mentioned, it’s very good to see Panerai do something out of the normal, leaving the Luminors and Radiomirs on the side for an instant and introducing a look so scarcely encountered from them — I would not be surprised (actually I hope) that Panerai is actually testing the waters here, because I’d really like to see more refreshing and strange designs.

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.