Panerai’s affiliation with the sea is no secret. Hence, it’s no surprise that the Florentine watchmaker has gone with ocean blue for its new Luminor series (PAM 1028 and PAM 1058).
The dials of these watches feature an intense blue colour, enhanced further by a precious sun-brushed finish, a technique that captures and diffuses the light to create subtle flashes and constantly changing effects akin to when the sun’s rays encounter ocean waves. The watches look beautiful but are basically reinterpretations of the silvered dial PAM 977 and PAM 978.
Let’s start with PAM 1058. This steel luminor has a large 44mm blue sun-brushed dial with a steel case and bracelet. In true Panerai style, the dial has large luminous beige Arabic numerals with a small blue hand at 9 o’clock – the seconds counter. A metal bracelet with links inspired by the shape of the familiar crown-lock bridge completes the look. Each bracelet link integrates smoothly with the rest for a nice ergonomic feel on the wrist.
The PAM 1028 is pretty similar to the PAM 1058 except for the size of the dial. Also, unlike the PAM 1058 which is water resistant up to 300meters, the PAM 1028 is rated at 100meters. Being 2mm smaller, it is relatively slender and sleeker. Both blue Marina’s are powered by an in-house, self-winding cal. P.9010 that is visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. The energy necessary to accumulate a power reserve of three days – the basic standard for Panerai in-house movements – is stored in two spring barrels whose springs are wound by an oscillating weight operating in both directions. Consisting of 200 components including 31 jewels, the calibre has a diameter of 13¾ lignes and it is 6 mm thick. The balance, fixed by a bridge with twin supports, oscillates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz).