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Panerai’s Luminor Marina ‘Carbotech’ is the toughest luxury watch you can own

The two most prominent uses of carbon fibre in recent times: The body of the world’s most expensive car, Bugatti La Voiture Noire, and almost every space station orbiting the Earth. And now, a form of this can be worn on your wrist courtesy the new Panerai Luminor.

Continuing the endeavour started by the Italian brand’s original LAB-ID Luminor in 2017, the all-new Panerai Luminor Marine Carbotech (ref. PAM 1661) is truly a one-of-a-kind timepiece that promises power and precision. What started off as a Lab-ID experiment with the Panerai Luminor 1950 Carbotech turned out to be a serious novelty in recent watchmaking, and now it’s been reinvented.

Panerai Luminor

What is Carbotech? It’s a carbon fibre-based composite that’s made by compressing thin sheets of carbon fibre at high pressure with a high-end polymer. This compression between the polymer and the carbon fibre creates a wave-like aesthetic. In case you’re wondering how heavy all of this might be on one’s wrist, it’s just under a kilogram. It is impressive as it’s lighter than titanium, stronger than steel, and also scratch resistant. And another feather in its cap, it’s half the weight of a standard steel-cased Panerai Luminor watch.

Panerai Luminor

Going classic, the Luminor Marina’s 44-mm Carbontech case embraces the brand’s iconic Luminor design with its cushion case, prominent bezel, short lugs, and encompassing crown guard. Its SandwichTM dial boasts a blue Super-LumiNovaTM with green luminescence hour markings (matching the fabric stitching on the strap), small seconds at 9 o’clock and the date at 3 o’clock.

Panerai Luminor

Powering the watch is the P.9010 Calibre, an in-house automatic movement capable of a 72-hour power reserve, and used often throughout Panerai’s Luminor collection. This movement features a hacking seconds mechanism and an uncommon, independently adjustable hour hand, which makes switching time zones a much simpler affair without having to alter more sensitive minutes and seconds hands. Adding to its robustness is Kevlar-crafted Panerai’s Sportech™, which straps all of this together.

The Panerai Luminor Marina Carbontech is currently available at all Panerai boutiques across India, priced at Rs 10, 25,000.

All images: Courtesy Panerai

Mikhail Gomes
Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman
A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.