However, the relationship between the two centers is not one in which one leads the other; it’s much more synergistic. The facility in Neuchâtel, for instance, is where the possibilities, and advantages and possible disadvantages, of new materials and methods are explored, including high tech ceramic composites, and exotic alloys like Panerai’s BMG material (bulk metallic glass, a metal alloy that is specially made so as to produce an amorphous, glass-like internal structure). These materials are significant both technically and aesthetically, and it’s important for there to be constant communication between the design team in Milan and the technical teams in Neuchâtel, to ensure that both from a functional and an aesthetic perspective, the watches continue to represent and respect the history of Panerai as a technical brand, and also as indisputably one of the most important sources of wristwatch design, as design, in the 21st century.