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Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech™

 

Panerai carbotech front

Many watch brands are pushing the boundaries of traditional watchmaking materials, and the new PAM 616 is no exception with its Carbotech™ case. Carbotech™ is a material heretofore unused in the watch industry and is an advancement of traditional carbon fiber technology. The process of making Carbotech™ yields a material that is lighter weight than both titanium and ceramic, highly durable against day to day wear and tear, hypoallergenic, and non-corrosive. The case, unidirectional rotating bezel, and crown protecting lever bridge of Pam 616 are all made of Carbotech™.

detail shot of panerai carbotech

Carbotech™ is created using thin sheets of carbon fiber (each fiber used is very long to guarantee as much visual continuity as possible), which are bound using a thermoplastic polymer called PEEK, Polyether Ether Ketone. A stack of carbon fiber sheets are bound with PEEK are then compressed under high pressure and high temperature. This process yields a highly durable and strong material. Additionally, each carbon fiber sheet is layered at different angles in order to create the unique striped matte black finish you see on Pam 616, making every single unit of this watch unique as no two will have the same Carbotech™ pattern.

p9000 movement

This timepiece is also uniquely Panerai. The Pam 616 runs on Panerai's own P. 9000 calibre automatic movement. This movement houses a twin barrel yielding a three day power reserve, and offers the functions of hours, minutes, small seconds, date, and calculation of immersion time.

The Pam 616 is a robust 47mm in case diameter and is water resistant to 30 bar (approximately 300 meters.) This latest addition to the Luminor Submersible 1950 category is worthy addition to any watch enthusiast's collection.