Officine Panerai has never been afraid to push the envelope with technical innovation, as the LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days proves…
“It’s been our brand identity from the beginning,” CEO Angelo Bonati said this year. “To always continue looking forward in the world of innovation while holding onto our roots in Italian design.”
Their latest avant-garde offering? The LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700 — a lubricant-free timepiece that comes with a 50-year warranty.
Most watches require servicing to replace parts and add oil — instead, the LAB-ID relies on dry self-lubricating materials like diamond-like-carbon (DLC) coated silicon.
“The LAB-ID is the first watch that has brought such an advanced usage of the new carbon technologies to watchmaking,” Bonati said. “The Lab-ID is the beginning of a whole program of advanced technology innovations for Panerai. This is by far the most technically advanced watch we have ever made.”
The new hand-wound calibre P.3001/C features bridges and mainplates made of low-friction tantalum-based ceramic, plus a lever and escape wheel made of DLC-coated silicon, and two grease-free DLC mainspring barrels. All up, more than 60 points of lubrication utilise DLC and other cutting-edge carbon materials.
The result? The gear train doesn’t need any oil and the calibre only requires four jewels — and Panerai guaranteeing accurate, friction-free movement for a whopping half-century.
And the carbon technology doesn’t end there — the 49mm case is made of an ultra-light, matte carbon-fibre weave, and the dial is coated with carbon nanotubes to absorb almost all the light that hits it, producing a blacker-than-black finish.
Transparent sapphire crystal makes up the back of the case, while luminous blue Super-LumiNova material highlights the hands, watch dials, and stitching on the black Calf Ponte Vecchio strap.
The LAB-ID comes in a limited run of 50, retailing for around 70 grand — check out more info on Panerai’s website.