In a recent interview with MONOCHROME, Panerai’s CEO, Jean-Marc Pontroué, gave us a foretaste of what to expect in 2020. The main theme for the brand would be the 70th anniversary of Luminor. To celebrate this anniversary, the Italian brand releases three boutique-exclusive limited edition watches, which make an impact with their potent visibility in the dark: meet the PAM1117, PAM1118 & PAM1119.
The Luminor trademark was registered some 70 years ago by Panerai. Luminor was the name chosen by the brand to describe the tritium-based luminous compound applied to the brands’ dials (to replace Radium as it is significantly less radioactive). Over time the word Luminor would come to describe the iconic cushion-shaped case of the dive watch. Although radioactive substances are no longer used on their watches, Panerai releases three new Luminor references that pay tribute to the original luminescence by glowing in the most unusual places.
These three Luminor Marina limited edition watches stand out with their unusual luminescence that goes well beyond the traditional hour markers and hands. The flange framing the sandwich dial, as well as emblematic elements of the Luminor case (the crown, its bridge and clamping lever), are also fitted with X1 Super-LumiNova. Even the strap features luminescent stitching.
Presented in 44mm cases, water-resistant to 300m, all three watches feature innovative case materials. Weighing just 100g, including the strap, the PAM1117 is housed in micro-blasted titanium. Its case is manufactured by DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering), a 3D printing technology involving the sedimentation of metal powder.
The PAM1118 comes in a Carbotech case. This composite material, which has been used by Panerai since 2015, consists of thin layers of carbon fibres superimposed on each other.
Last, the PAM1119 is made of Fibratech, a high-tech composite based on mineral basalt fibres bound together with polymers. Fibratech is described by Panerai as 60% lighter than steel and highly resistant to corrosion.
Inside is the in-house automatic calibre P.9010, a large 13’’’ ¾ twin-barrel movement operating at 4Hz and boasting 3 days of power reserve. It displays the hours, minutes, seconds and the date.
Price and availability
The Panerai Luminor Marina references PAM1117, PAM1118 & PAM1119 are boutique-only limited editions of 270 pieces each. They are fitted on a blue or black Panerai Sportech strap with luminescent stitching and velcro closure. There is also a spare rubber strap matching the colour of the dial and fitted with a pin buckle.
Last but not least, Panerai offers an exceptional 70-year warranty period – an extreme/record commitment engraved with a seal on the caseback. Retail prices are EUR 19,000 for the DMLS titanium and Fibratech editions and EUR 16,000 for the Carbotech edition. For more information, please visit www.panerai.com.