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 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.