Panerai has announced the Luminor Submersible 1950 Amagnetic 3 Days Automatic Titanio (PAM 389). The PAM 389 has the classic Luminor Submersible design, with a 47mm titanium case and Panerai’s in-house P.9000 calibre. There are two notable and distinguishing features on the PAM 389: 1) its “amagnetic” properties and 2) its titanium bezel with a ceramic insert (a feature completely new in Panerai watches).
Why antimagnetic? High magnetic fields can noticeably alter the rate of a watch and in extreme cases can event stop the movement. The PAM 389 utilizes an special case construction which ensures high resistance to magnetic fields: 40,000 A/m (ampere per metre). Such a high limit is achieved by the use of a special internal case made of soft iron of the highest purity, which encloses and isolates the movement, forming a Faraday cage that diverts the flow of magnetic fields. The soft iron case is immediately beneath the dial, which is made of the same material.
This watch will make its official debut in 2013 at the SIHH show in Geneva.
Price: EUR8900 (approx. $11,500 USD)