Looks like Panerai's R&D labs have been hard at work on the future of the brand and today they've unveiled what watch fans have to look forward to this year. The company is revealing two innovative Luminor models for SIHH, both using unique materials that are unlike anything you've ever seen in watchmaking.
The Panerai LAB-ID is the very definition of a next-generation Luminor timepiece. The watch features a lightweight carbon fiber "CARBOTECH" case, but that's not the most impressive bit. Below the dial that's loaded with carbon nanotubes lies a unique movement that they're saying can operate perfectly for 50 years without ever taking it in for service. That feat is accomplished with their new P.3001 caliber that uses a system of dry lubricated barrels, a DLC-coated silicon escapement, Tantalum-based ceramic plates and bridges, and DLC-coated jewels.
Panerai is also announcing an updated Luminor Submersible called the BMG-TECH. BMG stands for "bulk metallic glass", which is an alloy made from a sophisticated manufacturing process that allows it to be resistant to corrosion, shocks, magnetic fields, and can maintain its appearance without wear with years of use. The material is said to be harder and lighter than steel comes in a 47mm case with a 3 Day automatic movement.