The lastest Panerai special edition is an update of a 3D-printed timepiece launched two years ago.
Initially launched in 2016, Panerai’s Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio 47mm was one of the first examples in high-end mechanical watchmaking of a timepiece’s case being made with a method of 3D printing called direct metal laser sintering. Two years later, Panerai is presenting a revised edition of this watch, which still offers a wide open look at its tourbillon GMT movement. The difference between the model from 2016 and the one you see here is purely aesthetic: the blue of the hands is now matched by a blue flange and blue stitching of the leather strap.
Why This Watch Matters
Lots of things these days are made with 3D printing, and the technique in fact enjoys widespread use in among high-end watch marques, but mainly for modeling and prototyping. Creating a finished luxury timepiece with this method was a provocative move. Panerai has had an in-house tourbillon escapement for several years now, and it’s mechanism continues to be one of the more interesting escapements in contemporary watchmaking. The P.2005 caliber’s balance wheel rotates perpendicular to the axis on which it vibrates, and does so in half the time it takes a standard one-minute tourbillon. You might think that such a mechanism would be fragile to the extreme, but it’s not. It’s one of the more robust tourbillons being made today. And if you think about it, since the escapement’s motion is indexed across two axes, this does, in a way, make it a kind of multi-axis tourbillon.
No doubt about it, this watch is really large at 47mm in diameter, a size that harkens back to the earliest Rolex-manufactured Panerai military watches. But even if the size itself is too big for my thin wrist, one thing that I really like about this watch – aside from its unusual and robust tourbillon movement – is that lots of care has been taken in its design and manufacture to guard against unnecessary heft. From the use of a titanium case to its wafer-thin skeletonized, latticed base plate, care has been taken to keep its weight down as much as possible.
Model: Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio – 47mm
Reference Number: PAM00767
Diameter: 47 mm
Case Material: Titanium
Dial Color: Skeletonized metal with blue flange
Indexes: Applied luminous indexes and cardinal hours
Water Resistance: 100 meters
Strap/Bracelet: Leather strap with blue stitching
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, second time zone, GMT, power reserve indicator, tourbillon
Power Reserve: 144 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz (28,800 vph)
Pricing & Availability
Limited Edition: 81 pieces
Availability: February / March