50 pieces, 50 years guarantee, 50.000 Euro. Let me present you this Luminor 1950. I have also added the prices of all Panerai 2017 novelties. Click on “Read More” …
The Panerai Luminor 1950 LAB-ID Carbotech 3 Days – 49 mm is not a concept watch. We have seen a few of these all-in-one-non-destructible-high-tech-watches recently, but they were only meant to be a concept watch and not a watch that is sold to the public.
Panerai offers from its Luminor 1950 LAB-ID Carbotech 3 Days – 49 mm at least 50 pieces. We will see how quickly they are sold and what happens with the price of the Luminor later.
Is this a new way to create a hype or simply a new way of selling expensive watches?
Let me introduce you the Luminor and than please tell me what you think…
To start I want you to remember my articles I have already published showing all the other novelties of Panerai.
Here now, to complete my presentation, are the prices of all the novelties in Euro including 20 % VAT. To get a net price please deduct 16,66 %.
Panerai Luminor 1950 LAB-ID Carbotech 3 Days – 49 mm
The Luminor 1950 case – 49 mm in diameter – is made of carbotech, a composite material based on carbon fibre, which was introduced by Panerai some years ago. As well as ensuring exceptional technical performance, carbotech has a dense, uneven blackness which varies with the cut of the material, making each individual example different from all the rest, and unrepeatable. To form the sheets of carbotech from which these components are made, very thin sheets of carbon fibre are pressed together at a controlled temperature under very high pressure with the organic polymer PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone), which links the composite material, making it yet more resistant and reliable. Carbotech is actually lighter and more resistant to external stresses, as well as being hypoallergenic and not subject to corrosion.
The Luminor 1950 LAB-ID Carbotech 3 Days is powered by a P.3001/C hand-wound calibre with a power reserve of three days. It is presented for the very first time in an extraordinarily innovative version, semi-skeletonised, completely without additional lubrication and with only four jewels. By using a wide range of solutions, specially devised for the individual parts of the movement and associated with the unique properties of carbon, the plates, bridges, barrels, escapement and anti-shock device use self-lubricating and dry lubricating materials, and are hence exempt from any liquid lubrication.
Panerai says, that these solutions have revolutionised the need for maintaining and overhauling the calibre, enabling the company to guarantee it for no less than 50 years.
To remove the need for further lubricating the main bridges and the plate, these components are made of a completely new material: a low friction composite which integrates a Tantalum based ceramic. This new generation of composite is notable for its high percentage of carbon which minimises pivot friction, making jewels and their related lubrication unnecessary.
Also eliminated is the need to lubricate the escapement, as a result of making the main components from silicon and applying a special coating of DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) to the wheelwork.
A good two years of testing by the Laboratorio di Idee in the Panerai Manufacture identified the best type of coating – based on carbon – with which to treat the components of the two spring barrels of the P. 3001 calibre, so as to make conventional lubrication superfluous. The solution was to use a series of layers and sub-layers of coating, the surface one being coated with DLC.
Last but not least, a surface coating of DLC on the four jewels means that there is no need to further lubricate the Incabloc anti-shock device.
Panerai uses for the movement a balance wheel which is no less than 13.2 mm in diameter, fixed by a bridge with twin supports. The balance wheel is oscillating at a frequency of 3 Hz (21.600 A/h). The calibre features a device which stops the balance and returns the seconds hand to zero (seconds reset) when setting the time, so that the watch can be perfectly synchronised with a reference signal.
The only thing missing today is a silicon hairspring. Panerai – Richemont – today has no access to Silicon hairsprings. Only after 2020, when patent issues which no longer apply, the Richemont Group will be able to fit silicon hairsprings in its movements.
I learned from Panerai that customers who own the Luminor 1950 LAB-ID Carbotech 3 Days will then be able to upgrade their watches.
MOVEMENT Hand-wound mechanical, P.3001/C calibre, executed entirely by Panerai.
FUNCTIONS Hours, minutes, small seconds, power reserve indicator on the back, seconds reset.
CASE 49 mm, carbotech.
DIAL Deep black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Small seconds at 9 o’clock.
WATER-RESISTANCE 10 bar (~100 metres).
PRICE 50.000 Euro including 20 % VAT
LIMITATION 50 pieces