Curing The Fall Blues With The Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech Blu Notte 44mm
Since the 1930s, Panerai has been associated with dive watches. From inventing the groundbreaking luminescent material known as “Luminor” to perfecting its unmistakable crown guard, the brand is always pushing for ways to make it possible for adventurers to explore and survive the sea.
But with the introduction of the Luminor Marina Carbotech Blu Notte, Panerai has also aesthetically captured the beauty of the deep by fusing two signature elements of the Panerai design vocabulary – the Carbotech case and Blu Notte dial – in one watch.
Let’s dive into the appeal of this limited edition aquatic marvel and go hands-on!
As much as collectors like to talk about complications and specs, in practice, most of the time, we are attracted to a timepiece for emotional reasons. It may also be visually appealing or provoke a sense or a fleeting feeling of fancy (a.k.a. FOMO).
The technical elements of Panerai’s new PAM01664 aren’t different than other Luminor Marinas. But at first sight, the combination of the Carbotech case and Blu Notte dial spoke to me personally. It evoked tales of the first time I set out in a boat on the North Atlantic when I was only six months old. The sea has nourished my soul ever since.
And while I’m not a diver, I come from a family of fishermen, so I visit the ocean as often as possible. And the look of this watch reminds me of the beauty of my home ocean. Specifically, the radiance of the sun-brushed blue dial brings back memories of gazing down through as much light as could penetrate the water.
Together with the 44mm matte black Carbotech case, the Panerai Luminor Marina Carbotech Blu Notte creates an irrefutable sense of calm while also conveying strength, charm, and elegant beauty.
Land & Sea
The toughness of the Carbotech case also reminds me of the unforgiving nature of the sea. Side note: only one of my ten uncles ever learned to swim because the water is so cold that you’re more likely to freeze than drown if you go overboard. But I digress…
Created by fusing layers of carbon fiber with the cutting-edge polymer PEEK under high temperatures and pressure, Carbotech is known for offering greater resistance to external forces than metal, including the corrosive effects of saltwater. Additionally, the production process produces plates with a warm, matte black surface and slight tonal variation throughout, lending the case of each Luminor Marina Carbotech Blu Notte unique character.
This matte blackness is the ideal frame for the Azure blue sandwich dial. The numerals, indices, and black steel hands are marked with white Super-LuminNova that glows green in the dark. These are all super practical features – legibility is paramount underwater. But if the closest you’ve gotten to underwater dive is watching a Jacques Cousteau documentary, don’t fret; you will still be able to appreciate how the design of this watch summons up the spirit of the sea.
Inside the 44mm Carbotech case lives the P.9010 calibre, an automatic movement with hours, minutes, small seconds, and date. The austere functionality lends extra elegance – not just aesthetically but also in ease of use. The hour, for example, can be changed without affecting the movement of the minute hand, thanks to a device that moves it forward or backward in increments of one hour.
Conceived by Panerai’s Laboratorio di Idee and built entirely in-house by the Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel, the P.9010 also comes with a three-day power reserve and water resistance to 30 bar (300 meters). The Marina Carbotech Blu Notte (PAM01664) comes with a matte finished Blu Notte alligator strap and a dark blue rubber strap with a trapezoidal pin buckle in titanium with DLC coating.