Panerai’s top-tier timepieces go by the name of Lo Scienziato — avant-garde evolutions of the brand’s classic case shapes that really let the watches’ technical side shine.
Of course, the technology is present in the movement: a skeletonised, three-dimensional offering that fills the 48mm case; the P.2005/T calibre boasts a central time and GMT, 24-hour indicator at three and an unusual 30-second tourbillon at the 10 o’clock position. This tourbillon is also on a rotating axis perpendicular to the balance wheel. Just to add a little extra drama. All this weighs a thrifty 23 grams.
And while the open-worked movement, with its deep green highlights, is already impressive, the case is no slouch either. It’s been made via 3D printing – painstaking layers of titanium powder applied via the direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) process, which means that the case can be created in a hollow structure, making it incredibly light without sacrificing strength. In addition to the printed titanium case, the bezel, crown and crown lock are all made from Carbotech, which keeps the weight down and the wow factor up. The entire case weighs only 18 grams.
This high-end piece is resistant to 100 metres (which is quite impressive for such a complex offering), and comes with a grey alligator strap and a sporty velcro option. Powerful stuff from Panerai.