Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID
A striking innovation in Mechanical Luminescence

Panerai introduces the SubmersibleElux LAB-ID

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Panerai’s signature luminescence finds a new expression through the sophisticated engineering of its fully mechanical Submersible Elux LAB-ID.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID

The historical background and our source of inspiration

Famous for its early innovations in the field of luminescence, such as the renowned Radiomir and Luminor compounds, Panerai always draws from its rich archives to explore sources of inspiration for new striking concept watches. In its relentless pursuit of innovation, Panerai identified Elux, a technology historically patented on June 15, 1966 as a result of years of diligent research, marking a significant leap forward in the field of luminescence.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID

An abbreviation of ‘elettroluminescenza’ to mean electroluminescence, Elux were originally electroluminescent panels composed of uniformly luminous surfaces available in various sizes, shapes and materials with their luminescence constantly maintained by an electric field. These panels, completely free from radioactive substances, were exceptionally durable, being both shock and vibration-resistant, making them suitable for a wide range of applications. Furthermore, they were energy-efficient, powered by both portable batteries and fixed AC supply, and the intensity of the light could be adjusted as needed. This combination of features made these panels versatile, robust and adaptable to different environments and requirements.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID

Elux Panerai was a significant instrument for the Italian Navy, where the demand for reliable and efficient lighting was paramount. These panels were specifically designed to enhance the luminescence of naval instruments. Their use was particularly prominent in crucial areas such as command centres and internal signaling boards on ships. As a reliable and efficient light source, it allowed for easy reading of instrument displays under various conditions, including low-light scenarios. One notable development was their utilization in creating luminous pathways and signage for helicopter landing on the decks of military ships in the Italian Navy to assist with night landings or in poor visibility conditions.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID

Panerai’s signature luminescence finds a new expression through the sophisticated engineering of its fully mechanical Submersible Elux LAB-ID

Panerai’s Laboratorio di Idee carries on the essence of the historic family-owned Officine Panerai workshop through its continuous search for innovative technical solutions to elevate the standards and performance of its creations. Serving as a creative incubator, the lab drives innovation with its disruptive approach introducing never-before-seen inventions.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID

Central to their creations is the Maison’s DNA of legibility in darkness and luminescence, as well as durability, consistently featured across all their concept watches and instruments.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID

From 2017 Panerai presented three concept watches, starting with the LAB-ID™ Luminor Carbotech™ PAM700, distinguished by a deep black dial covered with carbon nanotubes, specifically developed to absorb light and reduce reflection to a minimum, forming a spectacular contrast with the blue of the hour markers and hands. Not to mention the lubrication-free movement guaranteed for 50 years. In 2020, LAB-ID™ Luminor PAM01700 surprised with a new generation of SuperLuminova®, the SuperLuminova® X1, and in 2021, with the Submersible eLAB-ID™ PAM1225.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID

Building on this legacy, the new Submersible Elux LAB-ID PAM01800 is the culmination of a journey that draws from the historic patented Elux Panerai invention and a perfect expression of the purpose of the Laboratorio di Idee. Reflecting eight years of dedicated Research & Development at Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, the new timepiece represents an actualized mission that exemplifies the Maison’s historic expertise in luminescence with its renowned mechanical watchmaking – the creation of a fully mechanical movement, that can power light on demand.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID

PAM01800 is a watchmaking feat with four patent* system, 50 bar (~500 meters) water resistance and a 30-minute power light feature, all encapsulated in a 49mm case diameter. On-demand lighting powered by fully mechanical energy storage, a breakthrough innovation.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID

With a simple gesture of opening the patented pusher-protector system and activating the mechanism through the pusher, the watch illuminates through a mechanism conceived by the Panerai Laboratorio di Idee. This feat is achieved through an innovative arrangement of four dedicated energy-storing barrels – out of six available in the movement – precisely engineered to unwind in a microgenerator that converts mechanical energy into electricity.

The compact 8 x 2.3 mm microgenerator features custom-made coils, magnets and a stator and, to optimize energy efficiency, it incorporates no active electronics, a high-speed rotor operating at 80 revolutions per second, and generates a high-frequency electrical signal of 240 Hz.

This energy is then channelled to illuminate various indicators on the dial, including the lighting power reserve and indexes. Illuminating moving elements such as the hands (patented) and bezel marker (patent pending) was a particularly ambitious process. Overcoming numerous challenges, the team has also ingeniously conducted electricity to the bezel outside of the watch case while maintaining exceptional water resistance levels. This technological feat is not just about the clever rerouting of power but also about optimizing the minimal energy generated by a mechanical barrel. Thanks to its magnetic drive allowing smart lighting, it illuminates only the well-positioned LEDs below the dot, resulting in the lighting of only 15 LEDs simultaneously versus a total amount of 60 LEDs within the ring.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID

Another remarkable achievement is the mechanism’s ability to provide an extended duration of continuous light for up to 30 minutes, a significant milestone given the limited energy available compared to traditional batteries.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID

The innovations continue with the Power Light function that relies on four dedicated barrels, with two remaining barrels to ensure the precision of the P.9010/EL over the three days power reserve even if the power light energy is depleted.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID

To match the intricate inner workings, PAM01800 is set in a Ti-Ceramitech™ case, crafted from ceramized titanium, a pending patent material by Panerai. Through seven years of meticulous research and development, Panerai has filed a patent application for a titanium ceramization process through Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation to achieve a very distinctive hue of blue. This process transforms the titanium alloy surface into a dense ceramic layer, and the specific choice of elements used, combined with the electrolyte composition, allowed for the creation of the watch’s peculiar and striking blue color, a shade inspired by the open seas. The technique yields a significantly enhanced hardness, and the resultant case is 44% lighter than steel yet has fracture toughness ten times higher than traditional ceramic. A material that can withstand high pressure, and very high thermal stress, it is an ode to Panerai’s pursuit of creating reliable innovative instruments.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID

The dial features a linear Power Light reserve indicator, also a distinctive Panerai feature, with a small seconds indicator at the 9 o’clock position, while the patent pending bezel light system illuminates the timepiece’s counterclockwise rotating bezel. Adding to its robust functionality is the iconic crown-protection bridge, a staple of Panerai’s design language, which securely guards the winding crown against impacts. In this iteration, the historical REG TM mark has been inventively replaced with SUB LAB, marking this model’s special identity within the Submersible series. Completing the watch’s aesthetics are the indices and the hour hand accented with green SuperLuminova® X2 – a deliberate choice that evokes its luminescent vibrancy – now in a new grade that ensures a luminosity 10% higher than SuperLuminova® X1 after 180 minutes in the dark**. The blue-accented minute hands and dots on the bezel are illuminated by SuperLuminova® X1. The watch comes with a blue rubber strap and a second bi-material strap.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID

The Panerai Elux LAB-ID PAM01800 is a limited-edition of 150 pieces, with an availability of 50 pieces per year over three years.

Panerai Submersible Elux LAB-ID Technical Specifications

Ref. PAM01800108.000 €


  • Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds,
  • Power Light function,
  • Linear Power light reserve indicator, calculation of immersion time, stop-seconds for precise time setting.


  • Automatic mechanical, P.9010/EL calibre,
  • 13 3/4 lignes, 10.80mm thick,
  • 55 jewels,
  • Glucydur® balancewheel stop,
  • 28,800 vibrations/hour,
  • Incabloc® anti-shock device,
  • 6 barrels: 4 dedicated to lighting, 2 dedicated to time indication,
  • 363 components.
  • Power Reserve: 3 days for time indication. 30 minutes for on-demand Power Light Function.


  • Diameter 49mm, Blue Ti-Ceramitech™ case.
  • Blue Ti-Ceramitech™ bezel.
  • Screw Ti-Ceramitech™ case-back.
  • Sapphire crystal.
  • Patented pusher protection system.
  • Water resistance: 50 bar (~500 meters).


  • Blue rubber bracelet,
  • STD,
  • 26/22
  • Trapezoidal Titanium pin buckle

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