Revolution (Hong Kong) - - SIHH 2017 - TEXT BY SEAN LI

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.

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