Back in 2017, Ariel reported on Panerai’s first use of a new material called BMG-TECH in the PAM 692; this was the first watch featuring the new material to come from the brand. This year for SIHH 2019 Panerai is debuting a new model, the Submersible BMG-TECH PAM 799 which features a case made from, naturally, BMG-TECH but also featuring a Carbotech bezel. This is the first time these two materials have been used together by Panerai, the idea being that the watch would inherit the best of both qualities: BMG-TECH durability and wear resistance, and the lightweight quality of Carbotech.
Model: Submersible BMG-TECH PAM 799
Water Resistance: 30 BAR
Case Material: BMG-TECH with a Carbotech unidirectional bezel
Movement: P. 9010 calibre
Frequency: 28,800 VPH
Power Reserve: 72hr
Strap/Bracelet: Black Caoutchouc Rubber Strap featuring a trapezoidal brushed titanium buckle
Price & Availability: N/A
I like Panerai, and this watch is so unapologetically Panerai it’s almost comical to me. From the 47mm size to the choice to continue with the Submersible to explore this new material combination just seems to fit. One interesting quality to BMG-TECH that Ariel brought up in 2017 was it’s likeness to steel visually. This paired with the carbotech bezel give the watch a very techy but cool duotone look. Panerai also opted to use the P.9010 in-house caliber that features an excellent 3-day power reserve and a quick adjusting local hour–this should prove to be a very useable albeit fancy tool watch for any discerning Paneristi.
As I stated above, I am generally a fan of what Panerai does, and I love to see them experimenting with unusual materials. This shows their willingness to press the boundaries of what they have done in the past. It seems that the move towards different materials for cases and, bezels, and even dials to some extent is an ever developing trend—Panerai shows no shyness to try something new in this regard. This is the second release from Panerai with BMG-TECH, and it will be interesting to see how this material establishes itself in the brand’s product line. Further details regarding price and release date should be forthcoming but in the meantime for any more information head on over to panerai.com