PANERAI – LUMINOR SUBMERSIBLE 1950 BMG-TECHTM 3 DAYS
A GLASS AND METAL LADY
Two years of development were needed to perfect the new material from which the case is constructed in this timepiece from Panerai which was presented at Geneva at the SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie – International Fine Watchmaking Exhibition).
This year, the “think tank” used all its creative energy to develop highly technical products in the Luminor 1950 collection, and more particularly in the Luminor Submersible family of sports watches. One of these watches, called Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-TECHTM 3 Days, uses a material unprecedented in watchmaking: metallic glass. Its development at Panerai took two years, designing a complete case at the Neuchâtel factory – that is the body, bezel, crown and crown protection device – produced in BMG-TECHTM metallic glass.
The name BMG-TECHTM describes the technology: “Bulk Metallic Glass”, literally a metallic glass obtained by regrouping. This alloy, made up of zirconium, copper, aluminium, titanium and nickel, is subject to a high-pressure injection process at a high temperature. The process only lasts a few seconds, and is so short that it prevents the atoms becoming arranged in an ordered, regular formation, and so they adopt a chaotic structure. Patented by Panerai, this metallic glass is more resistant to the usual enemies of watches (external shocks, scratches, corrosion and magnetic fields), and is lighter in weight than steel or titanium. In addition, its silver-grey colour is much more intense than that of titanium. The case of this Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-TECHTM 3 Days is 47mm in diameter and is watertight to a depth of 300m. It has a rotating bezel which holds the engraved markers, and the dots in relief that correspond to the duration of the dive. This metallic glass case holds the P.9010 calibre, a self-winding movement manufactured by Panerai, which powers the time-keeping and date functions while providing a power reserve of 72 hours (3 days).
In the centre of the blue dial, whose brilliance offers the same kind of luminosity, depth and translucidity as enamel, two large, luminescent, regatta hands with cut-outs sweep past an hour rim made up of applied markers and dots. The seconds are counted down by a recessed counter at the 9 o’clock position that has a small blue hand, and the date is shown in a display at the 3 o’clock position.
Price: 9,900 EUR
By Sharmila Bertin