Following last year’s reintroduction of the Luminor Submersible – or at least its separation from the rest of the Luminor Collection – now Panerai is giving the Marina the same sort of treatment, with a new, performance-oriented iteration of the iconic sandwich-dialled watch.
At 44mm the Luminor Marina Carbotech™ is large enough to keep any die-hard Paneristo happy. Otherwise though, this is a bold new interpretation of the Marina, in line with last year’s all black Submersibles.
The first step is the Carbotech™ itself, Panerai’s own carbon composite that creates a light, strong and subtly textured case. The sandwich dial is all-black up top, with a layer of bright blue lume underneath, a flash of contrast necessary to alleviate a little of the otherwise unrelieved stealth look. The same combination of black and bright blue can be seen on the rubber-like strap and its contrast stitching.
This is a proper Panerai diver and so can hit depths of up to 300m which, combined with the lightweight, hard-wearing case makes for a supremely practical instrument. It’s just missing a proper diving bezel, though if that’s your bag you can always opt for a Submersible instead.
Inside the new watch is the not-so-new P.9010 calibre, a mainstay of Panerai’s modern collection. It’s not hard to see why; the thin automatic movement is not only impressively reliable but has a 3-day power reserve to boot.
Nothing about the new Luminor Marina is particularly ground-breaking – at least in the greater context of Panerai’s collection – but it’s the perfect halfway house between last year’s Submersibles and the standard Luminor collection. It’s wearable, practical and incredibly cool.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech™
Case/Dial: 44mm diameter x 14.5mm thickness, brushed Carbotech™
Water resistance: 300m
Movement: In-house calibre P.9010, automatic
Power Reserve: 72h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Strap: Black textile with titanium deployment buckle
More details at Panerai’s website.