Panerai's exclusive Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio

Panerai's exclusive Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio

Adding to the Galileo collection

Editor: Faizal Dahlawia

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For the first time in the collection's history, Panerai has used titanium to create a super lightweight horological wonder. Buro 24/7 Middle East dishes the details...

Officine Panerai is renowned for its Lo Scienziato skeletonised tourbillon collection, which is dedicated to Tuscan philosopher and engineer Galileo Galilei. Now, at SIHH 2016, the luxury watch brand has added one more to the family: The Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio.

The design brief was simple: create a timepiece that bears all the hallmarks of a Panerai Lo Scienziato, complete with full functionalities, but make it lighter. This was achieved successfully by having a 47mm case that is made from titanium, a material 40 percent lighter than steel. Further weight savings were gained by hollowing out the case internally through a process called direct metal laser sintering, in addition to using titanium bridges and plates within the movement itself.

The dial, or rather the absence of one, allows details on both sides of the watch, like the winding and unwinding of the spring inside each barrel or the rotation of the tourbillon cage, to be fully appreciated. Complementing the new timepiece is an alligator strap that harmonises perfectly with the titanium of the case and movement.

The Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio is one of a group of watches launched by Panerai at SIHH 2016. Stay tuned with Buro 24/7 Middle East as we bring you the full list of launches from every brand. 

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