To create a watch with exceptional performance and revolutionary characteristics, the Panerai LAB-IDTM has found the answer in the infinite potential of carbon.
PANERAI LAB-ID™ – Luminor 1950 Carbotech™
The carbotech case
The Luminor 1950 case – 49 mm in diameter – is made of carbotech, a composite material based on carbon fibre, which was introduced into the world of watchmaking by Panerai. Apart from ensuring exceptional technical performance, carbotech has a dense, uneven blackness which varies with the cut of the material, making each individual example distinct and unrepeatable.
The technology of carbon nanotubes
The LAB-IDTM dial has the classic sandwich structure invented by Panerai, in which the luminous substance emerges through the openings made in the dial corresponding to the hour markers and the small seconds dial, ensuring excellent visibility and legibility. These characteristics are further enhanced by the innovative materials used: the dial has a coating of carbon nanotubes, used for the first time for the display dial. The optical properties of this special coating have been specially developed to absorb light, reducing reflection to a minimum and giving the dial a particularly deep black appearance.
Movement without lubrication
The Panerai LAB-IDTM has a P.3001/C hand-wound calibre with a power reserve of three days. Most of the movement can be seen through the large porthole protected by a sapphire crystal which is set in the back of the watch, enabling the power reserve indicator to be read.
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. These solutions are hence exempt from any liquid lubrication and have revolutionised the need for maintaining and overhauling the calibre, enabling Panerai to guarantee it for no less than 50 years.
The new Panerai LAB-IDTM is supplied with a black leather strap, with contrasting sewing in the same blue as the luminous details of the dial.
Every component of the new Panerai LAB-IDTM demonstrates the ability of carbon to create materials with exceptional properties – the case is made of a composite material based on carbon fibre; the dial is covered with carbon nanotubes; and the movement works perfectly without any lubrication. The revolutionary watch provides a remarkable glimpse into the future of mechanical watchmaking.