Today, unconventional materials are becoming more popular than ever, especially with watch enthusiasts, who are not just looking for something different, but something exclusive. So there’s no reason why Panerai, one of the oldest and most coveted brands in the world, would want to be left behind.
Panerai continues its inexorable evolutionary process of experimentation with a striking new interpretation: the Luminor Marina Carbotech™ – 44 mm (PAM01661). This is an exciting creation in a year which marks the 70th Anniversary of Luminor and the relaunch of the Luminor Marina collection.
At 44mm wide, the new Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech™ 44MM PAM01661 wears better than you’d expect. The case is made from Carbotech™ and weighs ONLY!! 96 grams. Carbotech™ is both lighter and stronger than ceramic or titanium. It is a bonded carbon material where sheets of carbon fibre are placed on top of one another and bound to form one solid material. As each layer is compressed in a non-uniform pattern, no two cases will ever be the same. The case back is done in titanium with black DLC coating, which allows the watch to achieve water resistance up to 300m.
With vibrant touches of blue and a black Sandwich dial with blue Super-LumiNova markings, Paneristi’s will find this watch takes a lot of its design cues from the LAB-ID™ model introduced in 2017. The palette creates such visual harmony that it becomes undeniably soothing to look at from every angle. Other details include a small seconds counter at 9 o’clock and a date window at 3 o’clock. What protects the dial is a slightly convex sapphire crystal obtained from corundum.
The aesthetics have done most of the talking here, but the mechanical heart of the P.9010 calibre, entirely designed and developed within the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, cannot be ignored. This is a tested automatic movement just 6mm thick, fitted with the function for rapidly setting the hour hand, a process which simultaneously adjusts the date. It has a power reserve of three days provided by a double spring barrel.
A striking black Sportech™ strap with blue stitching adds the finishing touch.
Recommended Retail Price: $18,000 Australian Dollars
MOVEMENT: Automatic mechanical, P.9010 Calibre, 133⁄4 lignes, 6 mm thick, 200 components, 31 jewels, 28,800 alternations/hour, Glucydur™ balance, Incabloc™ anti-shockdevice, two spring barrels. Executed entirely by Panerai.
FUNCTIONS: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date.
POWER RESERVE: 3 days.
CASE: In Carbotech™, diameter 44 mm, thickness 14,50mm. Bezel and Safety Lock crown-protecting device (protected by trademark) in Carbotech™. Sapphire crystal obtained from corundum. 12-sided screw back in titanium with black DLC coating.
DIAL: Black, sandwich structure, with Arabic numerals and hour markers in blue Super-LumiNova™ with green luminescence. Small seconds at 9 o’clock, date at 3 o’clock.
STRAP: Made of Panerai Sportech™, black with blue sewing, with trapezoid buckle and clasp of titanium with black DLC coating. Additional strap in rubber, black.
WATER RESISTANCE: 30 bar (~300 metres).