The history behind Panerai’s Carbotech stretches back to 2015 when the watch maker introduced the material with their Luminor Submersible 1950 PAM00616. The composite material is based on carbon and provides excellent technical performance. But what makes the material special is that the appearance varies depending on how you cut the material, which ultimately makes each example unique. The uneven, matte black appearance of Carbotech is the highlight of Panerai’s new Luminor Marina Carbotech PAM01661.
As a carbon material, Carbotech is lightweight, which means the watch is also a light affair on your wrist. The watch comes in at only 96 grams. It’s also extremely resistant to external shocks, and corrosion doesn’t even register with it. For the Luminor Marina, Panerai made a 44mm case. The matte black plays nicely into the black sandwich dial. The combination of the blacks makes the blue Super-LumiNova markings stand out even more. A date window at 3 o’clock provides a sense of balance for the small seconds sub dial at 9 o’clock.
Inside the Carbotech case beats an automatic P.9020 calibre. The movement holds a frequency of 4 Hz and has three days of autonomy, which is made possible by two spring barrels that are wound by an oscillating weight that operates in both directions. Panerai also included a device that allows you to adjust the hour hand separately from the minute hand, making changing time zones easier. The hour hand is also conveniently connected to the date window, automatically updating the date as you change times.
Bearing a name like “Marina,” the watch of necessity needs good water resistance, and this Panerai masterpiece can reach up to 300 meters. It comes with a black Sportech fabric strap that has blue stitching to match the hands and indices.