Another year, another new material ushered into the world of high horology by Officine Panerai, the Florentine maestros of rugged, sporty luxury. After bringing us such avant-garde alloys as Carbotech and Goldtech in recent years, Panerai introduces in its new Luxury Replica Luminor Marine Fibratech – 44MM model a new high-tech composite material made of mineral fibers from volcanic basalt.
Used here for the first time in the watch industry, Fibratech is constructed from “natural and sustainable eco-fibers,” and 60 percent lighter than steel yet highly resilient and corrosion-resistant. Panerai Replica says the material’s unidirectional mineral fibers are produced by the fusion of basalt rock, then bound with polymers to become thin layers which are superimposed in a precise orientation and finally consolidated through a pressure and temperature controlled process.
The Luminor Marina Fibratech – 44MM,features all of the familiar aesthetic hallmarks — the aforementioned crown guard device that sets the Luminor series apart from its predecessor, the Panerai Radiomir Replica; the “sandwich” style dial, here in an ultra-modern blue-to-black gradation; the stencil-type hour numerals with green-glowing white Super-LumiNova; and the 9 o’clock small seconds subdial balanced out by the 3 o’clock date window. Covering the dial is a robust sapphire crystal made from corundum.
Behind a solid micro-sandblasted titanium caseback beats the movement, Panerai’s in-house Caliber P.9010, which is self-winding by means of a bidirectional rotor and stores a power reserve of 72 hours, or three days, in its two spring barrels. Like other Panerai manufacture movements, it is fitted with a device for stopping the balance wheel to more precisely synchronize the Fake Panerai Watch while setting it, as well as a system for quickly adjusting the hour hand forward or backward without interfering with the running of the seconds hand — a useful feature when changing time zones or in the event one needs to quickly adjust the date. Made up of 200 components, including 31 jewels, the movement measures a svelte 6 mm thick.
The Copy Panerai Luminor Marina Fibratech comes on a blue strap made of Panerai Sportech, a proprietary woven material with a waterproof, rubberized texture, and fastens to the wrist with a trapezoidal titanium buckle with DLC coating.