Officine Panerai has been creating unique luxury watches for some time now. One of their best creations in the recent times is the Panerai PAM 508 Luminor Submersible Ceramic. This is the first time that ceramic is used to create such a watch.
The watch has a ceramic case with a 47 mm diameter. The perfectly executed sandblast finish given to the watch ensures its matte look for the entire segment of the case. A heat resistant material made of zirconium oxide is used during the production process to give it with the unique color.
A combination of roughly 80% of zirconia powder and 20% of binding powder blended in to a mold under pressure to create the watch components. With the use of turning, milling and drilling, the watch components are perfected even before they harden in to their final shape. Later, these components are processed to get rid of the binding powder by heating them up to 1500 degree Celsius and also by incorporating various other chemical processes. The resultant components contain pure zirconia ceramic and would be five times as strong as stainless steel. Now these ceramic components are modified with diamond grinding, sand blasting etc. to provide it with the desired look and feel. The end product would be strong, light weight, corrosion proof and highly resistant to scratches.
Panerai succeeded in creating a nice contrast of colors on the dial. Ecru color is given to letters, hour markers, date window, hands and bezel scale to match well against the surrounding ceramic case. The use of lume on hour markers, hands and bezel scale further ensures the legibility of the dial.
The bezel is also made with black ceramic and features a graduated scale to enable the calculation of dive time immersion. This is nothing new and is a traditional feature seen among this line of watches.
Every feature of the watch has the same black color theme. The case back of the watch is created with titanium and applied with black color to gel with the overall ambiance. The symbol of the watchmaker, a torpedo, is engraved in to the middle of the case back.
The P.9000 caliber that is running the watch is an in house creation of the watchmaker. It is able to run continuously for three days of time. It has the additional ability to change either time and date forward or backward at the same time.
The black leather strap of the watch fits your wrists in the best possible manner. Its buckle is made of black titanium.
The matte black ceramic case is the unique selling point of the watch. Panerai Luminor Submersible Ceramic is able to stay true to its Submersible heritage. Even though ceramic is not a favored material in diver watches of the past, this model is likely to change that story around. Only 1000 of this limited edition Panerai would be in production and would cost you € 12,900 to own one of this high end diver watches.