The PAM561 includes a totally polished case which is not quite as impressive as exteriors with alternating finishings may be: it is in fact a polished mass of steel without any sharp angles, complicated corners and edges, or especially fascinating details anywhere. It is your bog-standard Luminor case that’s attractive as a complete and in a glance, but maybe not for its selfishly complicated intricacies.Of both minor details I’d still point out which go beyond mere proportions, first is the way the four corners of the midst instance are curved downwards, which takes the borders of the corners away and makes them better complement the curved dial and bezel. The second is that the profile of the crown shield – not something many would look at. Its bottom side is totally flat to keep it as high over the wrist as you can (though occasionally, it does dig into the skin), while its top part is angled upward, towards the wearer. This, you do not necessarily realize even when looking at the watch in a slight angle, but it does add more sophistication to this over-60-year-old army design.Speaking of this part, oddly enough, Panerai chose to add a totally satin-finished crown shield on the completely polished case. This is not something which could stand out immediately at first look, but after spotted was not something that I could really get used to over the couple weeks together with all the Panerai Luminor Base 8 Days Acciaio PAM561. This decorative element is sort of like an exaggerated spin on alternating finishing. I’ll say that, from afar, I found it maybe adds a more quality appearance than that which the PAM561 would have experienced using a polished crown shield to go with the reflective case. It isn’t a manufacturer or breaker of this aesthetics but rather something that I think is somewhat strange at first, but finally, justified.
For the new Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech PAM616, Panerai has turned to a carbon fibre reinforced polymer known as Carbotech for the case, bezel and crown lever bridge, the first time Panerai has used a carbon fibre composite.
Long popular with brands like Hublot and Richard Mille, it is now Panerai‘s turn to use carbon fibre composite for a watch case. The new Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech 3 Days Automatic (PAM00616) is named after the carbon fibre reinforced polymer used for make the case, bezel and crown lock bridge. Carbon fibre composites like Carbotech have a characteristic wave-like pattern due to the layering process used to make the material. Sheets of carbon fibre are laid on top of each other, with a polymer resin in between to hold it together. It is then put in an autoclave, a sort of high pressure oven, resulting in a light and strong composite. The distinctive striped appearance is due to the layers of carbon fibre inside.
Rated to 300 m, like most of the other Panerai Submersible watches, the case is 47 mm in diameter, with blue accents on the dial as well as parchment coloured Super-Luminova.
While the case is carbon composite, the screw-down back is titanium due to the fact that carbon fibre composite not reacting well to torsional (or twisting) forces. The PAM616 is equipped with the P.9000 automatic movement and a rubber strap. The Submersible Carbotech is part of the regular collection, with pricing yet to be announced.