Without doubt, the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 Carbotech three Days Automated PAM661 stands out for its carbon case. One advantage of Panerai and their naming conventions is that you would be able to at the least get a broad sense of a watch from its mannequin identify, particularly in case you are already acquainted with the model.
In fact, Panerai followers know that the myriad PAM references typically differ very subtly with an choice right here and an choice there. This new launch is instantly and clearly distinguished from the remaining, although, by its black carbon case with a picket grain-like sample – oh, and there is an up to date motion and a few fascinating particulars to notice as properly.
Panerai launched their first Carbotech-cased watch final yr in 2015, the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic PAM616. Now, the Submersible was a good selection to debut this moderately novel wanting materials – though we by no means had a doubt that items from different collections manufactured from this excessive-tech composite will probably be launched quickly.
Whereas the aesthetic variations between the Luminor Marina and the Submersible are quite apparent, this new mannequin truly shares extra in widespread with the Submersible than simply the carbon case. For starters, there’s the fake-aged lume and the spherical hour markers which are sometimes discovered totally on Submersible fashions. Additionally carried over is the brilliant blue, however right here it is just on the small-seconds hand at 9 o’clock, complementing the fashionable vibe established by the avant-garde use of carbon for the case.
The Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 Carbotech three Days Automated PAM661 case measures 44mm vast and is water-immune to 300m, and aesthetics apart, the carbon materials guarantees a light-weight sporting expertise (to which our arms-on expertise with the PAM616 testifies). Contained in the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 Carbotech three Days Automated PAM661 is the “new” Panerai P.9010 automated motion that debuted in a number of of immediately’s releases.
Manufactured from 200 elements, the motion was developed and produced solely within the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel, Switzerland; and Panerai appears to be moderately adamant that it’s a new motion. New it’s, within the sense that this specific motion made its debut at the moment, however by no means new when you think about that it’s closely based mostly on the P.9000. The replace shouldn’t be a negligible one, nevertheless, because the P.9010 provides a thinner profile and a stability bridge now secured on two sides, whereas the motion maintains its three-day energy reserve and its independently adjustable hour hand.
For the seventy two-hour energy reserve, the P.9010 makes use of two mainspring barrels and runs at 4Hz. Sadly, it’s coated by a strong titanium case-again on this mannequin, however that may be a tradeoff for the beneficiant 300 meter water-resistance score. On different fashions that do function an exhibition case-again, the motion is engaging with brushed ending and a centrally mounted, trendy-wanting, bidirectionally winding rotor.
Final yr’s Submersible Carbotech was general much more area of interest in its really feel and was a restricted version. This Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 Carbotech three Days Automated PAM661, nevertheless, provides the quintessential and downright iconic Panerai case, however with the distinctive and particular look of the carbon’s striped texture. In addition to the Submersible Carbotech, we have seen instances in all types of carbon composites and “excessive-tech” supplies from a variety of manufacturers that typically obtain an identical wooden grain-like look. See, as an example, our current Richard Mille RM 011 Felipe Massa Black Night NTPT Carbon Watch Review. When Sinn black-coated Damascus metal for his or her 1800 S Damaszener watch, it additionally had an identical look, regardless that that’s metal.