A innovative watch that demonstrates the ability of panerai’s laboratorio di idee to invent. Thanks to a brilliant development tapping into the infinite potential of carbon, the new creation is a case with high-tech characteristics, a completely new deep black dial and a movement needing no lubrication, guaranteed for 50 years*.
To create a watch with remarkable performance and innovative characteristics, the Panerai Laboratorio di Idee has sought inspiration in the world of high technology, exploring the most creative international developments, and it has found the answer in the infinite potential of carbon. Every component of the new PANERAI LAB-IDTM demonstrates the ability of this chemical element to create materials with exceptional properties: the case, made of a composite material based on carbon fibre; the dial, covered with carbon nanotubes; and the movement that, thanks to the mechanical properties of carbon composites, works without any lubrication. It is a remarkable glimpse into the future of mechanical watchmaking, demonstrating the infinite development potential of a supremely traditional and appealing area of craftsmanship.
THE CARBOTECH CASE: HIGH PERFORMANCE AND EVERY EXAMPLE UNIQUE The Luminor 1950 case – 49 mm in diameter – is made of carbotech, a composite material based on carbon fibre, which was introduced into the world of watchmaking by Panerai. As well as ensuring exceptional technical performance, carbotech has a dense, uneven blackness which varies with the cut of the material, making each individual example different from all the rest, and unrepeatable. The dial has the classic sandwich structure invented by Panerai, in which the luminous substance – in this case blue-coloured Super-LumiNova® – emerges through the openings made in the dial corresponding to the hour markers and the small seconds dial, ensuring excellent visibility and legibility. In the PANERAI LAB-IDTM these characteristics are further enhanced by the innovative materials used: the dial has a coating of carbon nanotubes, used for the first time by Panerai for the display dial. The optical properties of this special coating have been specially developed to absorb light, reducing reflection to a minimum and giving the dial a particularly deep black appearance, forming a spectacular contrast with the blue of the hour markers and hands, which follow the classic Panerai design. Because it is not possible to print or stamp a dial with these characteristics, all the figures are formed directly on the dial crystal, to which a double anti-reflective treatment has been applied Most of the P.3001/C movement of the new PANERAI LAB-IDTM can be seen through the large porthole protected by a sapphire crystal which is set in the back of the watch, enabling the power reserve indicator to be read. The skeletonising of the bridges and the barrels makes it even easier to admire the technical excellence and finish of a calibre of GREAT reliability and precision. The movement’s distinctive features include a balance wheel which is no less than 13.2 mm in diameter, fixed by a bridge with twin supports and oscillating at a frequency of 3 Hz, and the device which stops the balance and returns the seconds hand to zero (seconds reset) when setting the time, so that the watch can be perfectly synchronised with a reference signal. *Please refer to the Guarantee booklet accompanying the watch for further details regarding the guarantee scope.