Panerai Luminor 1950 Carbotech

A first for any timepiece, the Panerai Luminor 1950 Carbotech uses its namesake material — Carbotech — as a case material instead of metal. Thin carbon fibre sheets are compressed together along with a polymer binding agent to attain higher mechanical strengths than ceramic or titanium, and this at a lower weight than either, though it is capped on the back with a hard black coated titanium screw cap. It’s powered by Panerai’s P.9000 calibre automatic movement with 3 day power reserve, features a 300 bar (300 meter) water resistance, and boasts a rotating bezel that turns anticlockwise for calculating immersion time while diving, particularly useful in this day and age as a backup should your dive computer fail.

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