Carbotech has been kicking around the Panerai catalogue for a few years now, I first saw it on 2015’s Submersible 1950, the PAM 0616, and the composite material has shown up on bezels and dials in a few places since. One of the more notable executions was 2017’s LAB-ID — a concept piece with a whole lot of carbon-ceramic and tech crammed into its Luminor case, an expensive, limited edition to be sure, but one backed with a 50-year warranty. This latest Luminor, the Marina Carbotech 44mm PAM 01661, is the clear descendant of the LAB-ID, at least when it comes to the visuals.
The case, all magnificent 44mm of it, is an in a split second conspicuous outline, and a shape that is at the core of Panerai’s DNA. Sparkle some light onto the watch however, and there’s no strong reflections or cleaned surfaces. Rather, we’re blessed to receive the rotating layers of carbon fiber which are then blended in with polyether Ether Ketone, pressed and warmed to think of the greatly light (the watch is a simple 96 grams), yet in addition too intense and, cool-looking Carbotech. Just because, Panerai has matched this new-school material with one of their old fashioned sandwich dials loaded up with electric blue SuperLuminova, which gives the natural Luminor a particularly new feel.
The watch (appraised to 300m like a legitimate jumper), is fitted on a Sportech elastic with-a-texture design lash with splendid blue sewing. It merits calling attention to that the clasp is DLC-covered titanium, not Carbotech. The development taken cover behind the strong dark caseback (likewise titanium) is Panerai’s presently standard miniaturized scale rotor programmed, the P.9010, which, despite the fact that it probably won’t be up to the Panerai LAB-ID levels, is as yet a great development with a strong three days of intensity save.
The PAM 01661 is a magnificent case of how to keep a recognizable face admiring date, and to guarantee progressing significance. The blend of strong, brilliant looks, exemplary legacy and very lightweight makes this watch as new as a mid year breeze.
Automatic P.9010 Calibre, three days of power reserve, 28,800 vph.
Carbotech, 44mm wide by 14.5mm tall, black DLC-coated titanium caseback, rated to 300m.
Black, sandwich structure with blue Superluminova.
Panerai Sportech, black with blue stitching. Comes with additional rubber strap.