Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech 44mm (PAM1118)
The Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech 44mm (PAM1118) perpetuates the brand’s reputation for making watches with incredible nocturnal visibility. Indeed, with this latest watch, Panerai has employed a new generation of Super-LumiNova, ‘X1’, to deliver an unprecedented degree of luminescence paired with a cutting-edge Carbotech case.
Panerai and luminescent visibility have been inextricably linked since 1913. The Florentine company supplied the Royal Italian Navy with various precision instruments, including timing mechanisms, depth gauges and mechanical calculators. In addition, Panerai produced luminous devices for firing naval guns at night. The extraordinary intensity of luminescence was attributable to a substance called Radiomir, patented by Guido Panerai in 1915.
The name Radiomir was subsequently applied to the first military divers’ watch produced in 1938. The material was highly radioactive and in 1949, it was replaced with Luminor, a tritium based substance. The following year, 1950, the Luminor case was unveiled with its distinctive crown-protection device, cushion-shaped case and sturdier lugs.
Although Luminor proved safer than Radiomir, its main component, tritium is still radioactive. Primarily, the risk comes from inhalation, ingestion, injection or skin absorption. Ordinarily, a watch featuring tritium should not present a risk to the wearer. However, tritium may prove a health and safety issue to watch company staff exposed to the substance, for example, when handling dials and hands etc. Indeed, it is for this reason that some companies no longer work on vintage watches with tritium dials.
Most watches today feature Super-LumiNova. Unlike tritium which emits energy, creating light, Super-LumiNova captures light and thereafter emits a glow. The brightness of Super-LumiNova is determined by the time it’s exposed to a light source and the intensity and colour of that light.
This year, as I have mentioned in previous news bulletins, Panerai is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Luminor case. The brand, now based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, has been incredibly busy, releasing a plethora of new models.
One such model is the Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech 44mm (PAM1118). Its case is made of a composite material, based on carbon fibre. Thin sheets of carbon fibre are arranged on top of each other, a polymer is then applied and then everything is subject to heat and pressure, binding all elements into one homogenous form. The resultant material is light, strong and hypoallergenic. From an aesthetic point of view, the surface of the material possesses a subtle grain which enhances its allure. Furthermore, the random alignment of the fibres ensures no two cases are the same.
The dial features a new generation of Super-LumiNova, ‘X1’, which delivers a higher degree of luminescence and emits its glow for longer. Panerai has generously applied the material to the hands and indexes. In addition, a circlet of ‘X1’ frames the dial area and appears on the crown protection device, again made of Carbotech. Panerai supplies the watch with two straps, one in rubber and a second in Sportech which features luminescent stitching. This new timepiece, once again demonstrates Panerai’s innovative approach to luminescence and its capacity to enlighten all observers.
The brand’s press release
Seventy years after the birth of Luminor, a substance based on tritium which has the property of self-powered luminescence, officially recognised by the trademark registered in Rome on 26 January 1950, Panerai pays tribute to the past while strongly reaffirming its own particular identity with a new and exciting watch endowed with an indisputable personality: the Luminor Marina Carbotech™ – 44 mm (PAM1118). Guaranteed for 70 years*.
Designed to be sold exclusively in Panerai boutiques throughout the world and produced in an edition limited to 270 units, its particular characteristic strength comes from the use of Super-LumiNova™. A compound of sophisticated quality, now experimented in its application on structural case components external to the dial in a formula of new generation “X1” which provides a higher degree of luminosity as well as persisting longer.
The new Luminor Marina Carbotech™ – 44 mm takes full advantage of its potential luminosity by emphasising its own personality out of all proportion lighting up new details. This treatment, in fact, has been applied not only to the iconic elements of Luminor case such as the bridge protecting the winding-crown and its locking lever, but also to the flange, the inscriptions on the dial and the stitching of the strap.
On the aesthetic front, its non-homogenous texture is due to the Carbotech of which it is made. This unusual compound was introduced into high-quality watchmaking by Panerai. It consists of thin layers of carbon fibres superimposed on each other, orientated alternately (a good seven layers per millimetre), fused together under high-pressure temperature-controlled conditions, and finally further consolidated with an advanced polymer. It is a material remarkable for its mechanical properties, its lightness and its resistance to stress and corrosion.
The traditional mechanism of the Luminor Marina Carbotech™ – 44 mm is a constant component of the Luminor Marina family, the calibre P.9010 movement with automatic winding, entirely designed and developed by the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. It is fitted with the function for rapidly setting the hour hand, which at the same time automatically adjusts the date. The calibre P.9010 has a power reserve of three days, provided by the twin spring barrels.
Particularly attentive to the technical and mechanical reliability of its timepieces, which has always been an essential, fundamental element of its philosophy, Panerai has taken this to the extreme and extended the guarantee to 70 years. Throughout this period Panerai will maintain the good working order of the client’s watch as necessary under the terms and conditions of the International warranty.
Water-resistant to 30 bar (a depth of about 300 metres), the new Luminor Marina Carbotech™ – 44 mm is fitted with a Panerai Sportech™ strap, black with luminescent stitching and Velcro fastening. A second strap in black rubber with a titanium tongue buckle completes the equipment, together with a tool for changing it and a special box decorated with a luminous image of the Luminor Marina dial on the lid.