Panerai Luminor Marina 44mm (PAM01313)
The Panerai Luminor Marina 44mm (PAM01313) is a new addition to the Swiss marque’s Luminor collection. The brand describes 2020 as ‘a year clearly dedicated to the Luminor Marina’, a famous model which has attracted legions of fans. Over the years, the Luminor Marina has seen subaquatic military service, however, in recent times the utilitarian model has also sired gentrified offspring, further heightening its appeal.
This year, the prestigious firm, Panerai, is celebrating the creation of its highly popular Luminor model. Panerai has been very prolific in 2020, releasing an array of new Luminor watches. Some encompass high-tech materials or imaginative uses of luminescent material, while others adopt a comparatively restrained appearance.
The Luminor dispensed with the wire strap attachments fitted to the Radiomir of the 1930s in favour of traditional horn-shaped lugs. The luminescent material ‘Radiomir’ was supplanted by ‘Luminor’.
The Panerai Luminor Marina is equipped with a sandwich dial. Furthermore, the two-part dial comprises of a luminescent base layer with an upper metal sheet positioned on top. The indexes and small seconds track are cut from the upper layer, allowing the luminescent base to emit an eye-popping green hue.
Another feature of the watch was its crown protection device fitted to the right flank of the case. This system includes a lever that holds the crown in position, mitigating the risk of impact damage to the winding stem, preventing water ingress and augmenting the model’s water resistance.
Prior to making watches for the public, the brand supplied the Royal Italian Navy. It made various equipment, including timing mechanisms, depth gauges, mechanical calculators and stopwatches. Indeed, a few years ago, I was fortunate enough to see a fascinating three-part diver’s set made by the brand, consisting of a bathometer (depth gauge), compass and watch.
Based on its heritage, the company’s products have always possessed an endearing utilitarian character. However, while Panerai continues to offer these military-inspired models, it has started to design overtly luxurious models eg gold watches. The new Panerai Luminor Marina 44mm (PAM01313) is made of stainless steel, but features a handsome blue dial, sporting a ‘satiné soleil finish’ and a sumptuous alligator leather strap enriched with contrasting beige stitching.
The brand’s press release
In a year clearly dedicated to the Luminor Marina, Panerai once again explores original directions in the field of creativity by rewriting the aesthetic vocabulary of the emblematic model which more than any other embodies the brand’s unmistakable legendary image. Today this fundamental mainstay of the brand carries a Luminor collection with an accentuated identity.
A natural successor of the historic diver’s watch conceived in the early 1950s, with its name “Luminor” inspired by the luminous substance tritium used in the Second World War to replace Radiomir, the new Luminor Marina (PAM01313) – 44mm marks the umpteenth step in a continuous process of development. It is the result of advanced innovation and long-standing tradition, recalling the codes of a unique aesthetic and ready today, as always, to rank itself as an unquestionable milestone of Italian design.
The key to its long life is its distinctive identity, highlighted by the originality of the design of the dial, with its legendary sandwich construction. This highly recognized configuration, always a distinctive sign of the Panerai DNA, is today presented in blue, with a satiné soleil finish for the model fitted with the alligator strap.
Characteristic graphic expression further amplified by the natural reaction at the base of the fluorescent compound called to revive it.
High-performance Super-LumiNovaTM has been selected by the Panerai Laboratorio di Idee to revamp the collection. The new reference is characterized by the neon green of its retro luminescence, an unvarying evocative colour returning to the origins of the brand.
The mechanical heart of the collection is the P.9010 calibre, an automatic movement only 6 mm thick entirely designed and developed in the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. Reliable and accurate, it has a power reserve of three days provided by a twin spring barrel and it has the distinctive practical function for quickly setting the hour hand, which can be moved in steps of one hour forwards or backwards, at the same time automatically adjusting the date.
Water-resistant to 30 bar (a depth of about 300 metres), the new Luminor Marina (PAM01313) is supplied with the alligator leather strap fitted with a brushed steel buckle. A second technical strap in rubber completes the equipment of the series, with a special tool for changing it and a screwdriver for removing the clasp.