There are some
who comment that Panerai could be more innovative; that argument is firmly laid to rest with the LAB-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech. Looking like something that came straight out of TRON, the Luminor design takes on a very different allure, thanks to the Carbotech case. The signature sandwich dial still has the luminous material underneath, but in bright blue – there’s even a dash of it on the power reserve on the back. The key element though is that the movement requires no lubrication, thanks to the use of carbon elements on the plates, bridges, barrels, escapement and the anti-shock device. In fact, the jewels that are traditionally used in a mechanical movement could be almost entirely omitted; there are only four of them here, and even they get a DLC coating. The deep black on the dial is achieved through the use of carbon nanotubes, which absorb as much of the ambient light as possible, making the blue luminosity stand out even further. Panerai is so confident in the durability and longevity of the LAB-ID that it comes with a 50-year warranty.