Panarai Launches New Luminor Series Watch

With its P.9000 self-made self-winding mechanical movement, Panerai’s Luminor 1950 case in the Panerai Composite®, as well as its strict adherence to rules and a unique understanding of aesthetic design, have made many references. Striking results. In particular, the Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Composite watch with a 44 mm diameter case is the most unique and obvious example of Panerai’s innovative and classic design.

   The Luminor 1950 case, crown and beam in Panerai Composite® are all made of synthetic ceramics. This kind of synthetic ceramics, which is only used in Officine Panerai’s high-end timepieces, is not synthetic in general Ceramics, synthetic ceramics used in Panerai Composite® are far lighter than ordinary ceramic materials. First, an electrochemical transformation is needed, which involves changes in aluminum. The synthetic ceramics made in this way are more resistant to corrosion than steel materials. It also has a very unique appearance.

   The large earthy brown dial is composed of a sandwich sandwich structure. Two identical dials sandwich the middle layer coated with the powerful luminous Super-LumiNova®, displaying transparent fluorescent numbers and hour scales. This is the classic design style of the Panerai series. Its thickness design is very humane, which can display the time in the dark with high definition. The dial uses sapphire crystal for protection and anti-reflective treatment.

   The smoke-gray sapphire crystal glass on the case back allows you to admire the P.9000 self-winding mechanical movement equipped with this watch. Its diameter is 13 and 3 quarters, and the thickness is 7.9 mm. The design and internal structure of the watch are all designed and manufactured by Officine Panerai’s factory in Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. This watch also has a date function, a small seconds dial at nine o’clock, and a three-day power reserve provided by two barrels in series and a two-way automatic winding balance.

   Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Composite—The 44 mm watch is water-resistant to 30 atmospheres (approximately 300 meters). The watch is equipped with an antique-treated dark brown leather strap with Panerai Composite ® buckle. Model PAM00386 is a member of the Contemporary Collection.

Modern High-tech Ceramic Watch

The most common colors of high-tech ceramics used in watches are black and white. You know, there is almost no black foothold in the art history of Chinese porcelain. Black pottery was there, but it appeared in the Neolithic Age of China (about 10,000-5000 years ago). Early porcelains were celadon, because iron contained in the glaze, it turned blue after firing. The higher the iron content, the darker the color, from green to black; on the contrary, the lower the iron content, the whiter the color. Since the birth of porcelain, artisans have never stopped their ‘bleaching’ efforts. One is that white meets the aesthetic needs of the ancients. They hope that the surrounding supplies, such as tableware, will be white and not black, which is in line with the love of Europeans. The aesthetics of modern people have changed, and the black high-tech ceramics exuding dazzling cold light have repeatedly appeared in the works of Radar and Chanel.

     In addition to the case and strap, several watchmaking companies choose to use new ceramic materials to make the bezel of sports watches, because the bezel is the most vulnerable part of the watch. These include the famous Rolex CERACHROM ring and the black ceramic bezel used by the Bucherer Plavi TravelTec FourX chronograph.

     The main raw material of the Rolex CERACHROM ring is also zirconium dioxide extracted from natural mineral sand complexes. These fine powder particles are less than one micrometer in diameter. They are mixed with binders and pigments and then formed by high-pressure casting to form a material called ‘green’ ring in professional terms. At this time, its resistance is only comparable to a thin slice of chocolate. After the time scale is printed on it, it is placed in a high temperature furnace for heat treatment. After eight hours of low-temperature firing, the binder is removed, and then secondary firing (sintering) is performed. Continuous firing at a high temperature of 1500 ° C for 24 hours will make the ceramic ring show the final hardness and mechanical resistance close to that of steel.

     During the sintering phase, the word circle will be retracted or contracted by nearly 25%, and at the same time, it will extend outward from the center of the word circle, showing a blue or black final color and super hardness. It is then cut with extremely hard diamond tools so that each piece of ring has a specific shape and size. Then use PVD cathode sputtering process (physical weather deposition, Rolex patented technology) to lightly plate a thin layer of gold or platinum on the word ring (this precious metal film is extremely thin, only one micron thick). By polishing the surface of the ring, remove this layer of gold or platinum film, leaving only the part that covers the number and scale, so that the number and scale are more shiny and clear. At this point, the word ring can finally be assembled on the bezel without the need for adhesives or screws.

     Generally speaking, the traditional Chinese lacquer and porcelain crafts are getting more and more attention from the watchmaking circle. However, compared with the lacquer dial of CAMPANOLA, the understanding and application of ceramics in the western watchmaking industry are still at a relatively early stage. . Not to mention blue and white, colorful and bucket color, if one day, the celadon called ‘the rain passes through the sky and the clouds break’ can appear on the dial of the watch, it will also be a huge increase in the aesthetic value of the watch.