For 2020, Panerai is debuting not the Luminor Marina 44 format, but two new materials. The Panerai Luminor Marina Fibratech 44 PAM01663 makes its debut in a case made of mineral fibers fused from basaltic rock. Yes, you read that right.
Model: Luminor Marina Fibratech 44 PAM01663
Size: 44mm wide, 15.65mm thick
Water resistance: 30 bar (300 m)
Case material: DMLS titanium case, Carbotech bezel, crown and tie rods
Crystals/lenses: sapphire crystals obtained from corundum
Movement: Panerai P.9010, 200 parts
Power reserve: 3 days
Strap/bracelet: Panerai Sportech, additional rubber strap
As Panerai explains, Fibratech is “made of unidirectional mineral fibers produced by the fusion of basaltic rocks. These fibers bonded to the polymer become thin layers that are superimposed in precise directions and then cemented by a process of pressure and temperature control.” How the watch feels on the wrist has yet to be determined by a “wrist time” assessment.
The brand seems excited about this high-tech discovery and could be the next Panerai Fibratech watch. The Luminor Marina FibratechTM (PAM01663) was apparently one of the first products to be introduced. This is interesting because, as a rule, the high-tech materials used in the large luxury watch industry are still components reserved for “halo pieces” best replica watch pro forum rather than materials designed for long-term, serious production, even if the latter are actually used to truly prove the value of innovation rather than the lofty claims made in press releases. Here’s hoping for more Panerai works using proprietary materials.
Panerai has demonstrated the ability to put more novel parts into more conventional production, and the Panerai Luminor Marina Fibratech 44 PAM01663 is a good example. The bezel is made of Carbotech, a multi-layered carbon composite that the brand has been using on the exterior of its watches in recent years. This time, Carbotech was also used as a joystick for the top bridge – certainly a clean touch.
Sandwiched between the gradient blue dial, which is all the rage these days, and the microblasted titanium back, the Panerai Calibre P.9010 offers a three-day power reserve, supplemented by a self-winding rotor. The operating frequency to match this extended power reserve is the modern 4 Hz rate, which makes the 72 hour reserve even more impressive.
The America’s Cup 2020 picture looks very different after its first two events (Italy and England) were canceled due to the pandemic, but this did not prevent Panerai from continuing its collaboration with Team Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli, the whose inaugural home regatta was unfortunately one of the victims of cancellations. To the best replica watch pro forum Carbotech submersible variant presented at SIHH last year, the new stealthy titanium PAM1036 with DLC coating is added, a Luminor GMT model that once again adheres to the black and red stealthy colors of Luna Rossa and uses the same textured dial made with the sails of one of the Luna Rossa AC75 racing boats.
Model: Luna Rossa GMT (ref. PAM1036)
Dimensions: 44 mm.
Water resistance: 300 meters
Case material: DLC coated titanium
Glass / lens: Sapphire
Movement: Panerai P.9010 / GMT (internal automatic)
Energy reserve: 3 days
Strap / Cuff: Includes both the Panerai rubber strap and the Ponte Vecchio calfskin strap
Like last year’s submarine, the textured surface of the sailcloth of this reference, combined with the hourglass architecture that characterizes Panerai, produces a super cool aesthetic that is not only different from any Panerai to date, but also different from any other America’s Cup partnership watch I know. Personally, I have always liked the elegant and functional watches for boating that arise from the numerous partnerships in the world of watchmaking with the America’s Cup sailing teams, although I would like the America’s Cup brand – and above all the edition or the year in which the partnership is celebrated – was relegated to the background. In this particular case, the bottom of the box already has many decorations (including an engraving of an AC75 monohull sailboat) that contain all the data necessary for the association, so why must it also be on the dial?
In short, from an aesthetic point of view, I would still have much more interesting editions of Luna Rossa than the Panerai series prepared for the 35th America’s Cup. Like last year’s submarine Luna Rossa, Panerai’s 44mm titanium Panerai cases are also extremely light and comfortable , and here you have the added benefit that it is a dual time clock. By the way, let’s not forget that the internal movements of the Panerai P.9000 series have an independently adjustable hour hand, making it a perfect watch for traveling, or for sailing on a very expensive yacht between multiple time zones. Once again,
All in all, from an aesthetic point of view, I would still consider the Luna Rossa editions decidedly more interesting than the series prepared by Panerai for the 35th America’s Cup. Like last year’s submarine Luna Rossa, Panerai’s 44mm titanium cases are also extremely light and comfortable, and in this case they have the advantage of being a double time clock. By the way, let’s not forget that the internal movements of the Panerai P.9000 series have an independently adjustable hour hand, which makes it a perfect watch for traveling, or for sailing on a very expensive yacht between multiple time zones. Again, the price of the PAM1036 Luna Rossa GMT