Panerai Luminor 1950 Composite Marina 3 Days Automatic is a hallmark of an elegantly sturdy timepiece is unrivalled precision, where every single part is actually an innovation in its own right. The composite used in the case and the bridge that protects the winding crown are made of a patented Panerai composite. Lighter than ordinary ceramic yet harder and stronger than steel, this synthetic ceramic was first used by Panerai and has now become a standard in the watchmaking industry. The composite is obtained in an electro-chemical reaction that transforms alumunium, a process that allows it to have such subdued color and appealing texture.
In continuing with its recent focus on inhouse movements, the new Luminor Marina uses the Panerai P.9000 movement. The P.9000 calibre consists of a total of 197 parts and is a testament to Panerai’s legendary spirit for innovative technology. Along with the power reserve of three days and the patented anti-shock incabloc, the watch has a water resistence of an impressive 300 metres.
Other iconic details from the watch include a simple brown sandwich dial, made from two layers with small vials of the patented Super-Luminova that forms the incandescent figures and hour markers, the parts that give the title Luminor. A characteristic Panerai invention, the sandwich dial is actually the construction where numbers and minute markers are fashioned out of a metal plate forming the visible dial. The second metal plate behind it with recessed areas is the part where a thick luminous paste is applied, sandwiching the luminous material between the two metal plates. The luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers are covered with a sapphire crystal made from corundum, 2.6 mm thick, with anti-reflective coating for more convenient viewing. The Brown Panerai composite is offered with an extra strap, tested for durability under salt water, UV and abrasion.