Panerai has given its classic Luminor Marina a few aesthetic modifications in this limited edition for the 35th America’s Cup for which the brand is official partner. The watch is basically the same, but the strap and dial bear colours recalling the competition, and the caseback has a commemorative engraving.
Case with 300 metres water resistance
The case is in AISI 316L stainless steel, 44 mm across. It has the classic crown protector, which is basically a lever that puts a degree of pressure onto the crown. This helps to provide the 30-bar water resistance, 300 metres. Another hallmark Panerai feature is the sandwich dial, with cut-out numerals and hour markers revealing the luminescent paint that forms the core of the sandwich.
The watch is powered by the self-winding P.9010 automatic movement, made in-house by Panerai. It has a power reserve of three days, provided by two mainspring barrels. The balance runs at 4 Hertz, and has the stop-seconds function so that when the crown is pulled out, the second hand stops running, enabling synchronization with an external reference time. One of the crown positions enables the hour hand to be adjusted in one-hour jumps without modifying the position of the minute hand, useful when changing time zones.
Strap with embossed logo
The watch has a black strap in natural untreated leather. It has the America’s Cup logo embossed on both sides, and blue and red stitching.
Price and availability
The watch is reference PAM00727, and it is available from February 2017, price €7,900, $8,100. The presentation box includes a rubber strap and a tool for strap changing.