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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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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).

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“Panerai Luminor Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titano” (Ref#: PAM 767) with power-reserve indicator on the case back.

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.

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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.

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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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Written by Mauro Az