Not content with merely launching an entirely new Luminor Due range (see our separate story), Panerai has trimmed the dimensions of its popular Luminor Marina 1950 and fitted the fresh five-model line-up with a self-winding double-barrelled caliber delivering a power reserve of three days.
The Luminor Marina was the first great success in the history of the brand, and the new 1950 3 Days Automatic models revisit the execution with finessed dimensions, finish, materials and creative dial designs including bright blue seconds hands and ecru (pale brown) luminescence with matching stitching on the straps. All share the same in-house P.9010 movement, and remain faithful to the familiar historic look.
The iconic lever device protecting the winding crown, made for the Italian Navy in the 1940s and 1950s, is now presented with subtly modified proportions, while the dimensions of the new movement mean thinner and lighter cases than those of models already in the collection.
The new models are white and black dialed versions in 42mm steel cases, polished steel in the former, brushed in the latter; then there are similar dial treatments framed in slightly larger 44mm cases, with the option of a polished or brushed steel case for the black-dialed version.
The Carbotech-cased PAM00661
A fifth version, also 44mm, is clothed in Panerai’s Carbotech casing, a layered carbon fibre material first seen last year. It’s lighter than titanium or ceramics and more resistant to external stresses including corrosion.
Never mind that one of the most sought after Panerai’s of all, the bronze-cased ‘Bronzo,’ is coveted for almost the opposite attribute, namely the way it reacts to the elements; the Carbotech looks like the desirable new Luminor to us, budget permitting of course!
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