January 22, 2018
With its titanium case 3D-printed using the technique of Direct Metal Laser Sintering , Lo Scienziato - Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT is undoubtedly one of the most innovative and surprising creations of the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. Presented in 2016 as the first implementation of this technology for a mechanical timepiece, Lo Scienziato is now available in a new version which still has all the characteristics of its predecessor but with a slightly revised appearance. In the new model the blue of the hands, harmonising perfectly with the metallic tones of the titanium case, is also used on the flange and in the sewing of the black leather strap, giving the watch an even sportier appearance, perfect for this creation with such a high level of technical content.
The lightness of the new Lo Scienziato is truly remarkable, particularly considering its wealth of features: hours, minutes, small seconds, GMT with am/pm indication, a power reserve of six days with indication of the power remaining on the back, and a tourbillon escapement. The secret of its lightness lies in the ingenious work of minimalisation carried out by the Laboratorio di Idee of the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel on the case and on the sophisticated P.2005/T movement, to design a watch with the typical Panerai characteristics but with a substantially lower weight.
THE 3D-PRINTED TITANIUM CASE, USING THE DMLS TECHNIQUE: EXTREMELY LIGHT YET SOLID AND ROBUST
The Luminor 1950 case has the classic diameter of 47 mm and it is made of titanium, a material that is resistant to corrosion but also about 40% lighter than steel. To r educe the weight further, the case is made using an innovative technology which enables complex geometrical shapes to be created without in any way compromising its water-resistance (10 bar, equivalent to a depth of about 100 metres), its solidity or its resistance to any tension or torsion to which the case may be subjected. The technology used is called Direct Metal Laser Sintering : this process builds up a
3D object layer by layer by means of a fiber optic laser using powdered titanium. The successive layers – each one only 0.02 mm thick – merge together and become completely solid, creating forms which would be impossible to achieve using traditional working methods, lower in weight and with a perfectly uniform, even appearance.