In 2015, Officine Panerai presented the first watch in carbotech, a material with absolutely unique characteristics based on carbon fibre, which had never been used before in the world of high quality watchmaking. As well as ensuring absolutely exceptional technical performance, carbotech has an irregular, matt black appearance, which varies according to the cut of the material: the result is that each individual example is different from all the others and unrepeatable.
The new Luminor Marina 1950 CarbotechTM 3 Days Automatic is the first Luminor Marina made using carbotech. Like the other models of the Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic collection, it has the P.9010 automatic calibre, with a power reserve of three days, small seconds dial and date.
The structure of the carbotech enhances both the appearance and the performance of the material, which is used for the case (44 mm in diameter) and the bridge device with locking lever which protects the winding crown. To form the plates of carbotech from which these components are made, very fine leaves of carbon fibre are compressed at a controlled temperature under high pressure together with a polymer, PEEK (Polyether Ether Ketone), which binds the composite material making it even stronger and more durable.
The carbon fibres used are very long, in order to ensure great aesthetic uniformity, and the leaves are superimposed and pressed in such a way that the fibres of each layer are at an angle to the ones above and below it. This structure means that the mechanical properties of carbotech are much higher compared to those of similar materials or of other materials used in the world of high quality watchmaking, such as ceramic and titanium. Carbotech is lighter and much more resistant to external stresses, as well as having hypoallergenic characteristics and not being subject to corrosion.
The dial of the new Luminor Marina 1950 CarbotechTM 3 Days Automatic (PAM00661) is black. The figure markers and all the inscriptions on the dial are ecru, like the stitching of the Ponte Vecchio brown leather strap. The blue Panerai hand in the subsidiary small seconds dial is the only contrasting element and it accentuates the strong sports personality of the watch. Water-resistant to 30 bar (about 300 metres).
Model: Luminor Marina 1950 Carbotech™ 3 Days Automatic – 44mm, PAM00661
Movement: Automatic mechanical, P.9010 calibre, executed entirely by Panerai
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date
Case: 44 mm, carbotech
Dial: Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. Date at 3 o’clock, seconds at 9 o’clock
Power reserve: 72 h
Water-resistance: 30 bar (~300 metres)