The extravaganza of the Officine Panerai “Lo Scienziato – Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio” model returns modified dial and new color scheme. A true “Scientist” is all about evolving, and so it naturally returns this years in tones of green and a more well thought-out layout for PAM.
Every time I come across this timepiece my mind recalls one of the most unnecessary, yet intriguing complications developed by Officine Panerai for their unique “L’Astronomo Luminor Equation of Time GMT” (Ref#: PAM 920). An open-worked dial jam packed with complications such as a: tourbillion, an exquisitely detailed Moonphase and the rigorous “Equation of Time” indicator, among other horology features. Get a closer look at this impressive watch and read a review here.
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The “Lo Scienziato” model has a 47mm case made of titanium with a sandblasted finish and a transparent exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement.
Mounted to the case is a carbotech bezel providing a more distinguished framing center dial, compared to the fixed titanium we saw on the previous . But, then this version continues to come equipped with a setting crown, covered by the iconic Panerai lever crown guard made in a shiny contrasting titanium, as seen before on PAM 767.
This titanium case has been 3D-printed using a “Direct Metal Laser Sintering” technique, which is a process that builds up a 3D object layer by layer via a fiber optic laser using powered titanium. Resulting in a contoured and unique layout that would be quite difficult to achieve otherwise. Plus the use of titanium is corrosion resistant, which is 40% lighter than steel, further enhanced by utilizing this innovative technology to create complex geometrical shapes. Water-resistance on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a titanium skeletonized dial that was mostly crafted using the aforementioned “Direct Metal Laser Sintering” technique, using powered titanium. It displays hour index markers, plus the Arabic numerals 3, 6, 9 and 12.
Among all the visible turning gears on the overall dial there are two sub-dials: an AM/PM indicator to distinguish between two distinct time-zones at the 3 o’clock position; and a sub-seconds dial at the 9 o’clock position. Also includes a tourbillon visible between the 10 and 11 o’clock positions.
The sword-style central hands, arrow-tipped GMT hand, sub-dial hands, Arabic numerals and hour index markers have all undergone a luminescent coating, plus the now frontal power-reserve indicator have all undergone a luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a green inner flange circling the dial with the inscription: “LUMINOR 1950 PANERAI” and “LO SCIENZIATO”.
Unlike the previous SIHH 2018 release “Panerai Luminor Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titano” (Ref#: PAM 767), which had a power reserve indicator with a blue hand indicator, visibility case back (as you can see and learn more about here).
This updated 2019 edition has opted to flip this complication over, significantly increasing is usability and daily consultation; by placing it between the 7 and 8 o’clock positions of the dial. A simple enough yet appreciated alteration, which didn’t even require any caliber swap or any significant alteration.
Panerai Luminor ‘Lo Scienziato’ Tourbillon GMT
The “Panerai Luminor ‘Lo Scienziato’ Tourbillon GMT Titano” (Ref#: PAM 768) is powered by a hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber P.2005/T with 31 jewels, 16¼ lignes, 277 components and 28,800 Vph. Equipped with a Glucydur® balance, Incabloc® anti-shock device and three barrels. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 144 hours (6 Days), when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a grey strap with exposed matching stitching, secured to the wrist by a titanium buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Officine Panerai website here.
MSRP: $149,000.00 USD
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