The Luminor 1950 case was developed by Panerai in the late 1940s to be worn on the wrists of commandos of the Italian Navy. It featured a rotating bezel with markers consisting of small studs, inspired by the model created by Panerai for the Egyptian navy in 1956. The bezel rotates only anticlockwise and enables the time of immersion to be calculated.
These features still hold true to the present-day Luminors. This year, Panerai announces the release of the Submersible QuarantaQuattro Carbotech™ Blu Abisso.
This new timepiece showcases an improved date window that provides heightened legibility. It also marks the debut of a detail that will be implemented throughout the Submersible collection. Previous models come in 47 mm and 42 mm cases. The new Submersible now comes in a 44 mm case size, adding a new option that will ensure wearers of the size that suits them best.
The highlight feature of the Submersible QuarantaQuattro Carbotech™ Blu Abisso is the use of carbotech on its case. Carbotech™ is a composite material based on carbon fibre. It has an uneven, matte black appearance that varies according to the cutting of the material. The result is that each case comes out with a pattern that is a little bit different from the others, creating a unique piece.
Thin sheets of carbon fibres are compressed at a controlled temperature under high pressure together with a high-end polymer which binds the composite material, making it even stronger and more durable. As a result, Carbotech™ is lighter than titanium and has higher resistance to corrosion and scratching. And to top it all off, it is hypoallergenic, making it friendly to sensitive skin.
Two other versions are available, both bearing a stainless steel case. One wears a black dial and a black rubber and dark grey fabric strap, and the other carries a white dial with a supremely versatile military green strap.
All timepieces, which are water resistant to 300 meters, are characterised by Panerai’s commitment to encouraging environmentally conscious practices: the first rubber strap is made from 30% of recycled materials, while the seance one is composed of 68% recycled fabric material. In the box is a tool that aids in the interchangeability of straps and a screwdriver for removing the buckle.