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The New Panerai Luminor Marina

Modern sports watch
by Chester Lau on June 29, 2019
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Panerai’s iconic watch, the Luminor Marina, is now presented in a new version with the P.9010 Manufacture automatic mechanical movement.

The Case and Dial

Available in sizes of 42 or 44 millimetres, the new Luminor Marina has a brand new silver-coloured dial, with a special brushed finish formed of vertical stripes, and large figures covered with white luminous material. Symmetrical with the date at 3 o’clock is the counter at 9 o’clock in which the blue small seconds hand rotates, blue being the colour of Panerai and the sea, the element with which the brand has always been historically linked.

The key difference between the new Luminor Marina and the previous generation is in the bracelet design and a slimmer case profile. The new edition wears slimmer due to the thinner 9000 caliber. The iconic sandwich dial is also replaced with a more modern dial with applied indices.

The case, made of AISI 316L stainless steel, an alloy particularly resistant to corrosion, uses the same center case design. The trademark crown guard motif is also replayed in the bracelet links. Bracelet design is a plus for the watch, using more intermediate link joints to create a better fit for any wrist. The ergonomic wear is achieved while maintaining the relatively large link crown guard motif.

The Movement

The bidirectional winding P.9010 Manufacture movement, automatic with a power reserve of three days, can be admired through a sapphire glass caseback. The calibre uses the same display as with previous generation calibers, with a seconds at 9 subdial. It is also fit with a hacking mechanism, and a quick adjust hour hand. This is especially useful for frequent travellers. To note however, the P.9010 does not come with a quickset date function.

The two versions of the new Luminor Marina with a diameter of 42 mm (PAM00977) and 44 mm (PAM00978) are water-resistant to 10 bar (100 metres ) and 300 bar (300 metres) respectively.

Concluding thoughts

The watch is priced competitively as a modern entry level luxury sports watch. The slimmer than before case profile and iconic design makes for an appealing daily wear. Armed with a 3 days automatic movement and 300m water resistance, the Panerai Luminor Marina is priced at S$12,900.

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