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SIHH 2015: Officine Panerai - Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech

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Unveiled at the Salon de la Haute Horlogerie of Geneva, the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech  from Officine Panerai introduces a very innovative material named carbotech, a composite material based on carbon fibre, never before used in the world of watchmaking.


As well as providing exceptional technical performance, carbotech has an uneven, matt black appearance, which varies according the cutting of the material making each example of this watch a unique piece. It is used to make the case, the uni-directional rotating bezel and the lever bridge which protects the winding crown.


As Panerai explains, to form the plates of carbotech from which these components are made, thin sheets of carbon fibres are compressed at a controlled temperature under high pressure together with a high-end polymer, PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone), which binds the composite material, making it even stronger and more durable.  Compared to ceramics and titanium, carbotech is lighter and more resistant to external solicitations, as well as being hypoallergenic and not subject to corrosion.

The 47 mm Luminor 1950 case (47 mm in diameter), developed by Panerai in the late 1940s, is enhanced by a rotating bezel with markers consisting of small studs, inspired by the model created by Panerai or the Egyptian Navy in 1956.


The black dial of the new Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech has applied hour markers with the date window at three o’clock and the small seconds counter at nine o’clock.


The screw-in caseback, contributing to make the watch water resistant to 300 metres, is made of titanium with black treatment and it is engraved with elements characteristic of the Panerai brand: “Florence 1860”, the city and year of birth of Panerai watchmaking, and the image of a Slow Speed Torpedo (SLC), the so-called “pig” on which in the 1940s the commandos of the Italian Navy sailed through the depths of the sea on their missions while wearing instruments made by Panerai.


The new Carbotech is powered by the P.9000 calibre, a 4Hz (28,800 vph) automatic movement with two spring barrels giving a power reserve of three days.


Fitted with a black rubber strap personalised for the first time by the OP logo in Panerai blue, the new Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech (ref. PAM00616) will be available from October 2015 with a retail price of Euro 15,700. panerai.com



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