Panerai PAM 700, “LAB-ID” Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days (SIHH 2017)

March 5, 2017

Panerai brought it’s A-game to 2017. Unveiling a small lineup of new watches in its 2017, Panerai has departed from prior years with a more focused collection launch with an emphasis on materials innovation, rather rolling out a long list of new references. Not that Panerai doesn’t always make nice watches, but this year seems much more a focus on “quality” over “quantity.” Let’s start with the impressive new “LAB-ID” technology, which Panerai has introduced with its new Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days piece. This watch is loaded with carbon, silicon, and innovation. Operating without traditional liquid lubrication, this watches headlines with an unheard of “50 year Guarantee.” But how exactly does Panerai get to such a backstop? An innovative watch using advanced technology through the use of carbon and silicon.

The skillful use of different materials and coatings based on carbon have enabled friction between the components of the movement to be reduced to a minimum. There are only four jewels and no external lubrication is needed. It’s as simple as that. Which is not to say that creating a caliber such as the Panerai P.3001/C with such impressive performance is an easy feat – this is a first of its kind caliber.

The 49mm case is made of what Panerai’s trademark “CARBOTECH”, a composite material obtained from very thin sheets of carbon fibre compressed together with a special polymer at a controlled temperature. Not the first Panerai to use this material, the technique of making Carbotech makes each case unique and different from all others. Carbotech is light in weight, hypo-allergenic and not subject to corrosion, as well as having exceptional mechanical properties.

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