Panerai's SIHH 2017 Novelties
PAM00692: LUMINOR SUBMERSIBLE 1950 BMG-TECH™
This hulking 47mm monster of a watch has a case made of a new material, which Panerai has termed "Bulk Metallic Glass" (hence the name, BMG-Tech). The alloy, which consists of zirconium, copper, aluminium, titanium and nickel, is subjected to a high-temperature and pressure injection process, which leads to a cooling process lasting for only a few seconds. The result is an atomic structure that is chaotic and unarranged, similar to that found in crystals. The structure of the material gives it its extreme corrosion resistance, resistance to external shocks, and its resistance to magnetic fields. I would like to see how the material scratches and wears to see if there are any advantages over titanium. Besides being less magnetic (which is not necessarily an advantage), it seems like BMG would behave much in the same way as titanium (which is stronger by weight compared to steel). Link to watch on Panerai's website.
PAM00700: PANERAI LAB-ID™
Finally, we have the America's Cup limited edition. Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the event, the watch is accentuated by vibrant blue and red stitching on the strap and a sandwich dial, a staple of many Panerai watches. It is 44mm in diameter and is limited to just 300 pieces. Not much else to say, it's just a limited edition of an otherwise normal watch. panerai.com
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