Panerai has mastered the daunting task of fusing historical design with cutting-edge innovation. Among the latest examples for Panerai’s achievement is the Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech™ PAM01661: a luxury timepiece that blends the celebrated Luminor aesthetic with state-of-the-art watchmaking technologies inside and out.
Carbotech™️ is a truly special and equally intriguing material. Even after a closer look it displays a naturally beautiful structure – not unlike those seen on refined wooden objects. One layer follows another in a pattern of brighter and darker lines. However, beyond Carbotech™️’s complex beauty lies an array of impressive technical properties. Carbotech™️ is formed by stacking layers of carbon fiber and it is the natural diversity of these carbon layers that the unique look of each Carbotech™️ component is attained from.
It takes immense pressure and heat to fuze these layers and their binding material together – but it is well worth the engineering effort as the resulting material carries those valuable properties only found in items forged under the most gruelling circumstances.
When you first take into your hand the Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech™️ PAM01661, you will be met with the feather-like lightness of the Carbotech™️ case: a major departure from more traditional Panerai Luminor timepieces which tend to have an impressive heft and weight to them.
By contrast, Carbotech™️ feels light in the hand and also on the wrist, making for an enjoyably different wearing experience. The aesthetically complex surface actually has a beautifully smooth surface and welcoming warmth to it, resulting in a positively different tactile experience when compared with Panerai watches crafted from stainless steel, 18ct gold or even titanium.
Owing to the uniquely demanding circumstances under which it is manufactured, Carbotech™️ is an extremely rigid and durable material with outstanding impact and shock resistance: those countless carbon fiber layers dissipate impact in ways metal simply can not. Nevertheless, the iconic lines of the Luminor Marina are to be seen and touched all around the 44mm case: the cushion shape to its top-down view, the upwards angled case profiles and of course the crown bridge all appear in stunning detail when rendered in Carbotech™️.
To ensure the 300-meter water resistance rating remains fully intact, the caseback is crafted from titanium as it allows for the perfect threaded fit to the middle-case.
The 24mm wide lugs allow for an unrivalled variety of straps to be fitted to the PAM01661 – it is safe to say no other timepiece responds as vividly to a change of strap style as does the Panerai Luminor. Complementing the blue luminous markers and hands of the dial is a Panerai Sportech™ strap in black with a vibrant blue stitching for perfect color-coordination.
The black dial sports the famed focus on functionality and style that has characterized Panerai for some 90 years. Added to the hour and time indications is a subsidiary running seconds display with four luminous pips and crisp white intermediary markers. On the other side, in place of the 3 o’clock marker is the date display, with a white-on-black disc to drive home the high-tech dark theme of the PAM01661.
The Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech™️ PAM01661 is powered by the P.9010 manufacture caliber executed entirely by Panerai. The 13¾ lignes caliber boasts a modern 28’800 semi-oscillation per hour operating frequency and an extended three days of power reserve, replenished by a self-winding system. Despite these impressive technical feats, the P.9010 caliber remains just 6.0mm thick – a testament to its modern design and engineering.
Framed by the remarkably durable Carbotech™️ case and measuring in at a highly versatile diameter of 44mm, the PAM01661 ranks among the quint-essential modern Panerai timepieces available today. It marks the manufacture’s relentless dedication to material and watchmaking research and development while staying true to its celebrated tradition of purpose-built dive watches.
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