The last time we heard of Panerai breaking unprecedented grounds, it was with the unveiling of the Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio at SIHH 2016. And now, just a quarter of the year through, they are about to make headlines again, with a complication this time, which we know few other examples of in the horological realm.
Watch aficionados are used to seeing reptilian scaled patterns on leather straps, but the new Urwerk UR-105 T-Rex — unveiled at SIHH 2016 in January and equipped with the iconoclastic brand’s unique satellite-hours timekeeping system — may be the first timepiece to bring such a motif to a watch case as well.
Panerai’s most technically awe-inspiring watch at this year’s SIHH watch salon is easily the Panerai Luminor “Lo Scienziato” Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio (Ref. PAM00578), a limited-edition piece combining an ultra-light titanium case, skeletonized movement, GMT complication, and unconventional tourbillon. Here’s what you need to know about the Lo Scienziato.