At SIHH, Panerai took pains to remind every journalist and retailer that it’s had a long and distinguished history with building precise, military-standard timepieces. CEO Jean-Marc Pontroué successfully achieved that by integrating the Marina Militaire into the new Submersible line, now separated from the Luminor. If you recall, the limited edition PAM00961 Marina Militaire Carbotech even comes with a 3-day training experience with the Italian Comsubin naval diving unit. New additions to the line include the Bronzo.
Today, the brand adds a new high watchmaking timepiece as well as two three-hand braceleted Luminors to its product line. Panerai started introducing high watchmaking watches in 2007 with the PAM00276 Luminor Tourbillon, and it’s averaged one haute horlogerie piece each year since. The P.2005 tourbillon caliber has a tourbillon cage that rotates every 30 seconds and runs perpendicular to the balance wheel, a rarity in the industry. The P.2005/T was released in 2016 with a Carbotech case.
Over the years, Panerai’s high watchmaking has also been used as a test lab for innovative materials technologies, from 3D printing to laser sintering. The Laboratorio di Idee has over 50 staff, who work with the design division to add new complications and technologies to the brand.
Summer 2019: The new Lo Scienzato
The Tourbillon GMT has seen many editions over the years, with one of the latest being the unique PAM00703 with bullino engraving on the case. The Lo Scienzato first appeared in 2010 to mark the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei’s celestial discoveries and made a notable transformation from the classic Panerai sandwich dial with a skeleton dial. 10 years on, the Lo Scienzato is adding new technology to the watch. According to the Laboratorio di Idee, this particular model is one of the most challenging the manufacture has ever created.
The 47mm watch comes in a grade 5 titanium case, that’s finely sandblasted with a Carbotech bezel, crown and crown-locking lever. The titanium case is formulated from DMLS or direct metal laser sintering with 3D printing. (Titanium power is heated by a high power laser into a solid that is printed layer by layer. The process allows them to create incredibly light cases, with an 18-gram caseband this time around.
The P.2005/T caliber is constructed in titanium as well, with three barrels that are connected in series for a 6-day power reserve and weights in at 23 grams. What’s new is the power reserve on the dial side, at the 7 o’clock, with a small seconds counter at ‘9’, 24-hour indication at ‘3’ and a central home time hour hand.
The PAM00768’s case brings a new profile that appears to be steeper than the usual Luminor case due to how the sandblasted case interacts with light, with military green details on the counters and inner bezel, which looks to be a reference to Panerai’s military past with a far more sophisticated design against the tool-style Panerai case design. The sandblasted case is a new development by the product development team, led by Alessandro Ficarelli, and we’re excited to see what new technologies he will be coming in the year ahead.
Skeleton manual-winding P.2005/T; hours, minutes and small seconds, second time zone, day/night display, power reserve, tourbillon; titanium movement; 6-day power reserve
47mm titanium case made with 3D printing and DMLS technology; water resistant to 100m
Gray alligator leather strap with sandblasted titanium clasp; second black Velcro strap with anthracite stitching included