Panerai Celebrates 70 Years of the Luminor Collection with a New Luminor Marina

Sporting luminescence unlike anything we’ve seen and a 70-year guarantee, the Panerai Luminor Marina – 44mm (PAM01117) sets a new standard for enhanced visibility

As Watches & Wonders 2020’s online platform started in earnest just a couple of days ago, the world was once again presented with a vast array of impressive timepieces by some of the most renowned watchmakers. And an early highlight from the show came from Italian watch manufacturer Panerai.

Now, for a lot of people, the name “Panerai” has long been associated with its emblematic collection, the Luminor. As it happens, it was exactly 70 years ago that the tritium-based luminous substance Luminor was invented before it went on to lend its name to the aforementioned collection. To celebrate this momentous milestone, Panerai has released the Luminor Marina – 44mm (PAM01117).

A huge talking point around this watch is Panerai’s 70-year guarantee—highlighting the brand’s confidence in the new Luminor Marina’s technical and mechanical reliability. But what’s really the highlight of the watch is its enhanced visibility. For one, it uses Super-LumiNova X1, an innovative light-emitting substance of the very latest generation. Moreover, whereas in traditional watchmaking luminosity is only applied to the dial, this Panerai Luminor Marina – 44mm lights up with Super-LumiNova on the dial, flange, the bridge protecting the crown along with the crown itself and the clamping lever. Even the stitching on the strap lights up when ambient light goes down.

Performance-wise, the Panerai Luminor Marina – 44mm (PAM01117) is driven by the P.9010 calibre, which is entirely conceived and developed by the Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. Its water resistance rating is 30 bars and its power reserve runs for three days. Lastly, the strap accompanying the watch is made with Panerai Sportech sporting the aforementioned luminous sewing. An additional strap in blue rubber is also made available.

All in all, this is definitely a nice timepiece for adventurous souls looking for something to light up 2020.