Panerai has released their hero piece for SIHH 2016, and we were not disappointed. The watch is a very cool skeletonized tourbillon GMT, the Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT in titanium.
The watch you see here is 47mm in diameter, made using the new technique of Direct Laser Sintering, which allows for the case to be extremely light (the movement only weighs 23 grams). Direct Laser Sintering is the 3D printing of .02 mm layers that are welded together to create a full form. The movement used is the manual-winding P.2005/T, which Panerai’s in-house movement used in the previous Lo Scienziato skeletonized watches. The new laser process allows for the watch to weigh 35% less than the P.2005/S movement. Additionally the sapphire crystal case back allows you to see the movement and power reserve (which is 144 hours).
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This particular version has Panerai’s unique 44mm broad Luminor 1950 case with all the iconic bridge lever device and it is made from titanium. The PAM 737 also has a deep matte sandwich dial, and it is easily the most adorable looking of this trio because of its numerous complications.To begin, it is a mono-pusher chronograph. The small pusher on the case at 8 o’clock activates, stops, and resets the chronograph. The PAM 737 includes a central chronograph seconds hand; a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock; a 24-hour indicator with AM/PM incorporated to the sub seconds dial at 9 o’clock; and finally, a linear power reserve indicator at 6 o’clock. There is a whole lot to see on the dial, but fortunately the indications have practical purposes, so there’s absolutely no superfluousness here.The movement inside the PAM 737 is your Calibre P.2004, an in-house, hand-wound motion that is one Panerai’s more complex calibers. Visible through a sapphire display caseback, the motion is completed in Panerai’s specific industrial style and owners can clearly find the column wheel mechanism. The P.2004 also features a zero-reset platform for simple and precise setting of this time.As a lover of Panerai, I have mixed feelings about those three new bits. I really do think that the matte green dials are extremely attractive, but I’m somewhat disappointed that these watches are basically green dial variations of current pieces. I believe it is a missed opportunity for Panerai to create more important changes. As an instance, the PAM 736 Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio could really do without a date display to allow it to stand out more from the PAM 514 on which it’s based. Nevertheless, considering Panerai’s large base of dedicated devotees, I am sure these watches are going to have their own fans.Apart from being made in limited amounts, the other point to note about these new pieces is that they are exclusive to Panerai boutiques. The PAM 736 Panerai Radiomir 1940 3 Days Acciaio is priced at $9,200 and is limited to 300 pieces.