Here’s the thing about Panerai: the Italian-founded, Swiss-produced watch company crafts some of the finest, handsomest timepieces anywhere. But, if we’re being totally honest, there hasn’t been much visual variety in their line for quite some time — only the subtlest of details differentiate one model from another.
So imagine our surprise when Panerai came out of the gates at SIHH 2016 with this 47mm titanium stunner. It’s called the Panerai Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio, and it’s unlike anything we’ve seen from the 156-year-old maker:
The incredibly intricate skeleton portion is created using a brand new technique called Direct Laser Sintering, which involves 3-D printing 0.2mm-thin layers that are then welded together to assemble a full form.
It’s finished off with a clear case back that shows off its gorgeous in-house movement — which remarkably weighs just 23 grams — and 144-hour power reserve.