Panerai was the first to decide on the use of basalt-fiber composite in the exclusive watch models.
Panerai features both new 2020 models in basalt-fiber composite design: Luminor Marina Fibratech PAM1663 and the limited edition Luminor Marina Fibratech PAM01119.
Basalt fiber is increasingly getting in focus as a lower-cost and ecologically-friendly alternative to carbon-fibre composites. Basalt-fiber composites are lightweight, strong, fire-resistant, biodegradable materials that are cost efficient making them popular in the automotive, shipbuilding and aerospace industries.
Known as a producer of chronometers for sailors and frogmen, Panerai appreciates the value of basalt-fiber composites, commenting that it is 60% lighter than steel and highly resistant to corrosion. They are made of basalt fiber and a polymer matrix by the method of vacuum-autoclave molding. This new invention is registered under the Fibratech trademark.
Panerai PAM01663 has been put into production with a price of $ 16,000. The PAM01119 reference is one of three exclusive models by which Panerai celebrates the 70th anniversary of its Luminor brand. $ 18,900-priced watch will be released in a limited edition of 270 pieces. The company gives a massive 70-year guarantee for the product.
Originally designed for frogmen (Panerai was founded in 1860 as a chronometer producer for Italy Navy), the watchers have luminous elements that are clearly visible under water. These watchers allow the frogmen to dive to a depth of about 300 metres; even a strap with a titanium clasp is trimmed with luminescent stitching.
Translated by Olga Yurchenko
Panerai was planning to showcase the new watchers at the watch salon SIHH 2020 in Geneva, which had to be held in a new extended format as Watches & Wonders Geneva, but the coronavirus pandemic made changes to the plans, through like to other global events.