The Incredibly Lightweight Watch That's Also Hard as Nails

IMAGE Timothy Mulcare

Your phone needs to be able to take a hit—that’s why we have cases for them. So should your boots; thus we have weather-resistant leather. But it’s easy to forget that your watch should be able to take a few everyday blows as well, sitting perilously on the end of your arm. The problem is that so many modern watches eschew the toughness for sophistication and style. To that, we say: Why not both?

That’s why we love Panerai's Submersible Carbotech™ watch. It doesn’t compromise in either arena, equipped with both a look that’s sleek enough to wear with almost anything, and a tough-as-hell body packed with powerful functionality. You have to try it to believe it.

Photo by Timothy Mulcare.

It's made from the lightest—but toughest—material on earth.

Forget your stainless steel, silver, or gold. This iteration of Panerai’s Submersible watch is made from Carbotech™, a material based on carbon fiber that's lighter and tougher than both steel and titanium. With Carbotech™, sheets of carbon fiber are pressed together and bonded for double the durability.


Carbotech™ also has a handsome matte black finish, so it's sleek enough to wear at work, but also has a rugged vibe that goes with any workwear outfit. Like we said, no compromising on function or style.

Photo by Timothy Mulcare.

You can read it even in the darkest conditions.

Bold design requires bold functionality. The Submersible Carbotech™ is outfitted with an all-black watch face and Super-LumiNova® hour markers—a.k.a. it glows in the dark.

Instead of the traditional painted-on luminescence, Panerai takes it a step further by cutting out each marker from a solid block of lume, making it exponentially more visible in low light environments. Did we mention it’s still visible 300m underwater?

Photo by Timothy Mulcare.
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It’s incredibly water-resistant, so it can endure almost anything.

A diving watch has to have some amount of water resistance built into it. But the Submersible Carbotech™ takes it to an all-new level. It’s water-resistant for up to an incredible 300 meters—about as deep underwater as you can safely go.

Between the Carbotech™ materials and industry-leading water-resistance, we’re convinced this might be the lightest-yet-toughest watch ever made.

Prop styling by Miako KatohPhotography by Timothy Mulcare

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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