This year marks the 70th anniversary of Luminor, the Panerai model with the characteristic crown guard that’s now become emblematic of the Italian brand. To mark this milestone year, Panerai has released a trio of boutique editions with one common factor – an unprecedented guarantee of 70 years. Also common is the use of SuperLuminova X1 accents on the case (the crown guard, locking lever and crown), the flange of the dial, and the thread of the fabric strap.
The technical highlight of trio is the Panerai Luminor Fibratech 44 mm (PAM01119) which features a new case material that’s been developed by the brand’s skunkworks department, the Laboratorio di Idee. Fibratech is essentially a basalt fiber reinforced polymer (BFRP). It is formed by fusing basalt fibers, and mineral fibers with high-end polymers to form thin layers which are superimposed in and processed under controlled temperature and pressure. The advantage of the resultant material is that it’s high impact and corrosion resistance. The case, winding crown, crown guard, and bezel are made from Fibratech. The caseback is made from sandblasted titanium. The case is 44 mm wide and 14.5 mm thick; the crown, crown guard and lever have ridges that are filled with SuperLuminova.
It’s worth mentioning here that all three cases are depth-rated to 300 meters. Panerai Luminor Titanio 44 mm (PAM01117) as the name suggests uses a case made entirely from 44 mm micro-sandblasted titanium. It is slightly thicker than the Fibratech model at 15.65 mm but has the same lume ridges as seen on the previous model. The use of lume accents (SuperLuminova X1 supposedly has higher intensity and lasts longer) on the case provides for an interesting new look at night. Recently, Roger Dubuis unveiled the Excalibur Twofold which also used SuperLuminova on the skeletonized movement and strap.
The third boutique edition is the Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech 44 mm (PAM01118), which again as the name suggests uses a forged carbon case. The case is 44 mm wide again and 14.5 mm thick. It is fitted with a sandblasted titanium caseback. The watch has a black sunray dial with the characteristic sandwich dial construction. Green SuperLuminova peeks out from the cut-out on the dial and on the flange ring around the dial. The titanium edition (PAM 01117) has a blue sunray dial while the Fibratech edition has an anthracite gray sunburst dial.
All the three boutique editions share the same movement. The automatic in-house P.9010 Calibre movement has two barrels that ensure a 3 day power reserve that is now standard on Panerai movements. It has a Glucydur balance that oscillates at 4 Hz (28,800 vph) was released as a slimmer successor to the P.9000 movement.
All three watches are fitted with matching fabric straps that with luminous thread on the sides, a velcro closure and a brushed titanium. It is also available with an additional strap in blue rubber with a trapezoid titanium buckle. As mentioned earlier, each model comes with a 70-year international warranty to underline the 70th anniversary of the Luminor. Each of these editions is limited to 270 pieces only and will only be at Panerai boutiques. The prices start from €16,000 upwards.