PANERAI – LAB-IDTM LUMINOR 1950 CARBOTECHTM 3 DAYS
50 – THE LUCKY NUMBER
The “laboratory of ideas“ has deployed all its innovative energy to design a watch that is full of contrasts, between the coal black case and the blue turquoise display.
50 as in Luminor 1950, as in a limited edition of 50 pieces, as in a 50-year guarantee and as in 50 000 euros. 50 is Panerai’s new magic number with the release this year of a completely new timepiece developed in its Neuchâtel workshops, and which comes as a surprise in terms of look and technology. With a design revisiting the famous Luminor 1950 collection, the LAB-IDTM Luminor 1950 CarbotechTM 3 Days model (PAM 00700) is what might be called innovation in a concentrated form, both inside and out.
Its large cushion case measures 49mm in diameter and is made of carbotech, a composite material produced using fine layers of compressed carbon fibres. The result is a slightly veined, matt black look, with improved resistance and less weight. The crown-guard features a locking lever and is also made of carbotech.
This solid case contains a manual wind movement that is partially on display. The P.3001/C (C as in “carbon“) calibre provides three days of power reserve – the indicator is on the back of the watch – and drives the hour/minute/second functions. Some parts of the mechanism, such as the plate, the bridges, the double barrel, the escapement and the anti-shock system (Incabloc®) are made from a composite material including carbon or are coated in DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon), thus limiting friction and rubbing, and eliminating the need for additional lubrication. This technical-technological innovation means Panerai can exceptionally guarantee the LAB-IDTM Luminor 1950 CarbotechTM 3 Days for 50 years.
The intense black colour on the dial with its famous sandwich structure is obtained using a light-absorbing carbon nanotube coating. The markers and hour numbers, the seconds dial at 9 o’clock, as well as the edges and tips of the hands are all highlighted in electric blue turquoise Super-LumiNova®. As for the Panerai logo, and the collection name, they are both engraved directly on the sapphire crystal that protects the dial.
Price: 50 000 EUR
By Sharmila Bertin