LIGHT HEAVY­WEIGHT

WatchTime - - Close-up - Panerai Lo Scienziato -

The unique 3-D-printed case of the Lo Scien­zi­ato was achieved with the help of di­rect metal laser sin­ter­ing (DMLS), which cre­ates three-di­men­sional lay­ers of pow­dered ti­ta­nium through a fiber op­tic laser. The lay­ers, each of which is only .02 mm thick, grad­u­ally merge to be­come com­pletely solid and cre­ate a uni­form sur­face ap­pear­ance.

The DMLS tech­nique re­duces the weight of the ti­ta­nium case, mak­ing it lighter than any sim­i­lar ti­ta­nium case made us­ing tra­di­tional meth­ods. This makes for an ex­tremely light yet rigid struc­ture with min­i­mal fab­ri­ca­tion waste and only a mi­nor need for sec­ondary op­er­a­tions. The over­all weight of Lo Scien­zi­ato's move­ment is 35 per­cent less than that the P.2005/S skele­tonized ver­sion. The ul­ti­mate light­ness of the watch is the re­sult of fine skele­toniz­ing of the bridges, plates, spring bar­rels and the bare dial.

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