Panerai has lately been experimenting with different materials and their combinations in its watches. Proprietary materials such as Goldtech, which is a gold alloy with copper and platinum content, and Carbotech, a composite created by compressing and fusing layers of carbon fibre sheets, have already added to the enhanced appeal of the brand’s recent models.

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Now, as Panerai celebrates the 70th anniversary of its Luminor collection, the watchmaker has chosen to mark the occasion with a precious metal interpretation of the iconinc line: the Platinumtech Luminor Marina, Ref. PAM01116. Here too, Panerai has used a reformulated version of platinum called Platinumtech, said to be harder than conventional platinum with enhanced physical properties that add durability.

Produced in a limited edition of only 70 pieces, the model comes with an extraordinary warranty term of 70 years, assuring customers free services to keep the watch in perfect functioning for seven decades.

But for the use of the precious alloy, the Platinumtech Luminor Marina is unmistakably Panerai in its appearance and finishing, with a sandwich dial with satin sunburst finish in dark olive hue. It contrasts nicely with beige lume used for the signature mix of Arabic numerals and indices. The sudbdued colours of the dial and indices are offset by the blued finish handset and the sub-seconds hand.

Beating at a 28,800 bph under the display caseback of the Panerai Platinumtech Luminor Marina is the in-house Caliber P.9010 automatic movement offering an impressive 72-hour power reserve.

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Water-resistant to 50 metres, the Platinumtech Luminor Marina gets an alligator leather strap in dark brown with ecru stitching and a brushed Platinumtech trapezoidal pin buckle. A second strap, chosen according to the customer’s request at the time of purchase is also included, along with a screwdriver for changing and removing the buckle and a black lacquered wooden box with the luminescent Luminor Marina logo on the lid.