Three years ago, Panerai first unveiled its Lab-ID Luminor 1950 Carbotech 3 Days PAM 700. The watch was initially born as an experiment, utilising high tech carbon fibre composite as its core material. Fast forward to today, now that we’re in 2020, the Lab-ID has ben wholly reinvented to result in the Luminor Marina Carbotech PAM1661.
This latest addition to the Panerai family features a 44mm black carbon case material, a SandwichTM dial, blue Super-LumiNovaTM with green luminescence hour markings (matching the fabric stitching on the strap), small seconds at 9 o’clock and the date at 3 o’clock. Running on automatic mechanical movement, the sport watch comes complete with a P.9010 Calibre, anti-shock device, two spring barrels and a 300m water resistance depth rate. Yet the most impressive characteristic of the Luminor Marina is probably its ultralight weight of only 96 grams. The featherlight weight for such a sizeable watch allows for maximum movement, flexibility and comfort.
The carbon fibre material is developed in house at Panerai and is composed of a carbon-fibre reinforced polymer compressed at high pressure to create a resilient material that is lighter than titanium, stronger than steel and also scratch resistant.
Luminor Marina CarbotechTM – 44 mm (PAM01661)
Movement: Automatic mechanical, P.9010 Calibre, 133⁄4 lignes, 6 mm thick, 200 components, 31 jewels, 28,800 alternations/hour, GlucydurTM balance, IncablocTM anti-shock device, two spring barrels. Executed entirely by Panerai.
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date.
Power Reserve: 3 days.
Case: In CarbotechTM, diameter 44 mm, thickness 14,50 mm. Bezel and Safety Lock crown-protecting device (protected by trademark) in CarbotechTM. 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-LumiNovaTM with green luminescence. Small seconds at 9 o’clock, date at 3 o’clock.
Strap: Made of Panerai SportechTM, 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).
This story first appeared on Prestige Online Hong Kong.