Remember LAB-ID, the Panerai Luminor Carbotech model that was offered with a 50-year guarantee at SIHH 2017? No? Jog your memory back to that time Panerai released a stealth black carbotech watch with bright blue SuperLuminova. Yes, that one. While the $50,000 price tag may have placed that watch beyond the reach of most Panerai enthusiasts, here’s one that channels the former’s distinct look at a more reasonable price tag. Meet the Luminor Marina Carbotech 44mm (ref. PAM1661).
As the name implies, the watch is made from Panerai’s uncommon Carbotech material. It uses a 44-mm case in the brand’s iconic Luminor design with its cushion case, prominent bezel, short lugs, and crown guard. Carbotech is produced by compressing thin sheets of carbon fiber at high pressure with a high-end polymer (PEEK); this alternation between the polymer and the carbon provides the material its distinct wave-like appearance. The case is noted for its durability and lightness (it weighs only 96 grams, that’s almost half the weight of the steel models).
The black dial of the watch also uses the familiar Luminor design, with sandwiched features giving an engraved appearance to the blue Arabic numerals and simpler hour markers. At the 3 o’clock position you’ll find a subtle date window, while toward 9 o’clock is a minimalistic small seconds sub-dial. Toward the top and bottom of the dial, some of the watch’s descriptors stand out in white text, while passing over the face are two blackened, luminous blue-filled sword hands.
Powering the watch is the P.9010 Caliber, an in-house self-winding movement capable of a 72-hour power reserve, and used often throughout Panerai’s Luminor collection. This movement features a hacking seconds mechanism, and an uncommon, independently adjustable hour hand, which makes switching time zones a much simpler affair without having to alter the more sensitive minutes and seconds hands. The watch will be available later this year and is planned to retail for $12,800.