Using 3D printing and an uncompromising skeleton style, Lo Scienziato is both a featherweight and a heavyweight of superior watchmaking. We take a closer look.

Very often, innovations seen in carmaking appear a few years later in standard models. The Lo Scienziato by Panerai could be the watchmaking equivalent. See for yourself: its 47cm-wide brushed titanium weighs just 18 grams! The boffins have managed to reduce the weight of the case by 30 %, thanks to a new technique called DMLS. Behind this acronym (Direct Metal Laser Sintering) lies a revolutionary method of 3D printing applied to metal. In concrete terms, instead of cutting metal from a block, thin 0.02mm layers are added until the desired thickness is achieved. In the end, a hollow structure is created that is perfectly watertight – down to 100 metres for this PAM00767 model.

panerai lo scienziato luminor 1950 tourbillon gmt titanium closeup dial and caseback

While the watch case is surprising, what can we say about the hand-wound movement? The calibre P.2005/T drives the hours, minutes and seconds; it also includes a second time zone, an AM/PM counter, a power reserve indicator and, controlling the whole mechanism, a tourbillon. What could be more traditional than this superior watchmaking assembly, except that it weighs just 23 grams – 35% less than the brass version. To achieve this feat, impressive skeleton work has been undertaken on the titanium bridges and plate. The components on the dial, including the hands, have also been fixed directly on the movement and the chapter ring.

Even the barrels have been optimised, which does not prevent them from producing a phenomenal amount of energy. They supply 144 hours of power reserve. Lo Scienziato could have been called Il fenomeno.

Price: 139,000 EUR

By Dan Diaconu

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