A Fibrous First

In the world of watchmaking, the competition is fierce. Watch brands are constantly seeking to gain an edge on their competitors by using new and innovative materials. Panerai has been flying on the cusp of innovation for many years and their lineup now includes 11 different case materials. With a continuous thrust towards the future, Panerai was the very first company to begin using a substance called carbotech in the creation of their timepieces. A high-tech material that has been used in cars, bikes and even knives for decades has only recently made its way into the watch arena with Panerai’s introduction of the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech.

A New Composite Material

With its innovative structure, the physical properties of carbotech are much higher than those of other materials used in the world of watchmaking including ceramic and titanium. Panerai’s carbotech material is made from thin sheets of carbon fiber that are compressed under high pressure at controlled temperatures and bound with a high-end polymer to create an even stronger and more durable composite material. This process results in a lightweight, highly durable and hypoallergenic material with each watch case having its own unique pattern, much like a fingerprint. Nearly velvety to the touch, the case has a smooth and sleek feel that pairs well with the beautiful curves of the Luminor 1950 design. The crown protector and bezel are also produced from this material to maintain a striking yet consistent finish all around.

Technical Innovation, Historic Design

While the technology of this inventive material looks to the future, every other detail in the watch’s design was faithfully inspired by Panerai’s rich history. Complete with a unidirectional rotating timing bezel, the robust and substantial 47mm Luminor 1950 case was originally developed for commandos of the Italian Navy in the late 1940s. Its dial features vintage luminescence and rose colored hands coupled with a blue running seconds hand to create a beautiful play of color. The technological heart behind the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech is Panerai’s P.9000, an in-house automatic movement that is a proven workhorse in their lineup. The movement’s dual barrel system ensures that the watch runs consistently over its 72 hour power reserve. A true tool watch in the world of luxury, the Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech is made to withstand whatever life throws at it. With a water resistance of 300 meters and securely affixed by a supple rubber strap, this timepiece is made to go wherever man (or woman) can go.


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