Introducing PANERAI’s first ever BMG-TECH™ constructed Professional Diver, unveiled, today at SIHH 2017 as part of SIX new Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic models – all powered by Panerai’s in-house 9010 caliber. Of the 6 new Submersibles –
one is in BRONZO Ref.PAM00671, released as part of the Special Editions collection, one is in ACCIAO (steel) Ref. PAM00682, one is in ORO ROSSO (rose gold) Ref. PAM00684, two are in TITANIO Ref. PAM01305 and Ref. PAM01389 which is also anti-magnetic resistant, and the last one is in a new a brand-new space-age material called BMG-TECH™ Ref. PAM00692.
Of the 6 new Luminor Submersibles 1950 3 Days Automatics – this has to be the stand out model – the Luminor Submersible 1950 BMG-TECH™ 3 Days Auto 47MM Ref. PAM00692
And that isn’t just for its stunning blue dial because as far as divers watches are concerned blue is definitely the new black or is that orange – anyway, it’s bang on trend.
The reason that this new Submersible will possibly make more than a few waves and have watch geeks reaching for the Kleenex is owing to its BMG-TECH™ case developed by Panerai’s Laboratorio di Idee – it has an invisible but revolutionary innovation that has something to do with Zirconium (a clue taken from the caseback).
Actually the secret of this material lies not so much in its appearance – which is similar to that of Titanium only a darker grey in color but in its atomic structure, which provides a range of very useful qualities for divers watches: extreme resistance to wear, high strength and great lightness.
BMG-TECH™ is in fact harder and lighter than steel but what exactly is it? Okay you asked - it‘s a bulk metallic glass with a disordered atomic structure, obtained through a high-pressure injection process at a high temperature, followed by a cooling process lasting for only a few seconds, so that the atoms do not have enough time to become arranged in an ordered, regular structure - capisce?!
But WTF is Bulk Metallic Glass? I hear you ask! It is a material made from a special glass-like alloy consisting of Zirconium (told you!), Copper, Aluminum, Titanium and Nickel.
The alloy as mentioned above is subjected to a high-pressure injection process at a high temperature and then to a cooling process lasting for just a few seconds, so that the atoms do not have enough time to become arranged in an ordered, regular structure, as normally happens in crystals i.e. no time for crystallization to happen.
The revolutionary BMG-TECH™ material has been used for absolutely everything from the watch’s main case to all of its components such the bezel, case-back, crown and Panerai’s trademark crown-locking device. I have no idea on pricing but you might have to start saving your pennies, now!