At this year’s SIHH horology extravaganza Officine Panerai unveiled the technically mesmerizing “Lo Scienziato – Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio” model. “Lo Scienziato” is Italian for “The Scientist” a worthy name for a watch packed with so much innovation.
During SIHH 2018 we focused on several other Officine Panerai timepieces, but especially the complicated and alluring “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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While this “Lo Scienziato” model has a 47mm case made of titanium with a brushed finish and a transparent exhibition case back, which allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement. There is also a power reserve indicator with a blue hand indicator, visible on the case back.
Mounted to the case is a fixed titanium bezel with a polished finish, for a contrasting look against the case. Comes equipped with a setting crown, covered by the iconic Panerai lever crown guard in titanium with a brushed finish.
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.
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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, for an enhanced legibility. There is also a blue inner flange circling the dial with the inscription: “LUMINOR 1950 PANERAI” and “LO SCIENZIATO”.
Panerai Luminor Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titano
The “Panerai Luminor Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titano” (Ref#: PAM 767) 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 black or blue calf Ponte Vecchio strap with exposed blue stitching, secured to the wrist by a titanium buckle. This is a unique limited edition watch with only 100 manufactured pieces. For more up to date information visit the official Officine Panerai website here.
MSRP: $143,000.00 USD
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