For years, the weight of a watch has always been a sign of quality, giving wearers a sense — albeit not always a very accurate one — of the type of material and movement used.
For traditional watch collectors, this might still hold true, but times have changed and people are beginning to recognise the virtue of a watch that isn’t a workout in itself to read. Panerai wants to spearhead the notion that ultra-light watches can be just as robust, sturdy, and equally covetable as their heavier counterparts.
The tough-guy timepiece in question is the Panerai Marina Carbotech. Fashioned using Carbotech — a strong but extremely lightweight carbon material — this watch is destined to become the quintessential sports (or adventure) watch with its unique properties.
For one, it’s lighter than titanium. A 44mm timepiece (which is pretty substantial) weighing in at only 96 grams is a pretty rare phenomenon, and guarantees to be a feather on your wrist — especially useful if you’re constantly on the move all day.
Then there’s the fact that it’s tougher than steel and completely scratch-resistant, putting it in contention with now-trendy ceramic watches in the market. Shock resistance is achieved by constructing the material in bonded layers; thin sheets of carbon fibre are compressed using a special polymer, and then paired with an Incabloc anti-shock device for maximum resilience.
In keeping with Panerai’s penchant for broodingly cool performance timepieces, the Marina Carbotech keeps to a discreet grey and black colourway, save for its blue Super-LumiNova numerals and markers, which glow green at night. Like most carbon fibre watches, every example here is unique with matrixes that set each one apart from the next.
The watch beats with Panerai’s in-house automatic calibre P.9010 with a 72-hour power reserve, and sports a matching Sportech strap, although a second strap in black rubber (for wetsuit purposes) is also available for all your diving needs.