In the new Panerai LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days 49 mm the past and future of the watch manufacturer come together. The LAB-ID a Special Edition, consisting of only 50 units, is notable for the timeless design of the Luminor 1950 collection, but it also presents a series of technological innovations. Panerai obviously draws inspiration from its own past while writing its own future in the watchmaking industry.
Carbon is the dominant material in the LAB-ID. Therefore, every component of this watch demonstrates the ability of this element to create materials with exceptional properties: the case, made of a composite material based on carbon fibre; the dial, covered with carbon nanotubes; and the movement, which mechanical properties are made of carbon composites. This way, it works without any lubrication. Is this how the future in watchmaking will look like?
The Luminor 1950 case measures 49 mm in diameter. It is made from carbotech, a composite material based on carbon fibre. This material has a dense, uneven blackness which varies with the cut of it, making each individual example different from all the rest – and unrepeatable. The most prominent characteristics of carbotech are its lightness and high stress-resistance as well as being hypoallergenic and not subject to corrosion. The LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days 49 mm is water-resistant to 10 bar.
The dial features a coating of carbon nanotubes and has the classic sandwich structure which is characteristic for many Panerai watches. A blue-coloured Super-LumiNova emerges through the openings made in the dial corresponding to the hour markers and the small seconds dial, ensuring excellent visibility and legibility. The coating absorbs the light completely, giving the dial a particularly black appearance which contrasts spectacularly with the Super-LumiNova. Because it isn’t possible to print or stamp this kind of dial, the figures are formed directly on the dial crystal.
Inside the LAB-ID works the P.3001/C, a hand-wound calibre with a power reserve of three days. This version has been semi-skeletonized and comes completely without additional lubrication. The latter is possible because Panerai used carbon for many parts of the movement. The plates, bridges, barrels, escapement and anti-shock device use self-lubricating and dry lubricating materials, and are therefore exempt from any liquid lubrication. Which results in a lesser need for maintaining and overhauling the calibre.
Most of the movement can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back. Here Panerai also placed the power reserve indicator.
This watch is supplied with a black leather strap, with contrasting sewing in the same blue as the luminous details of the dial.