As one of the oldest and most successful luxury timepiece brands of all time, Panerai is a classic. Their signature 1950 casing and 44 millimeter size case have produced some of the most desirable Panerai models ever created. However, as the brand fights to maintain relevance, the brand has decided to step out of its comfort zone in recent years and try out some new designs. Of some of the new designs we have seen, one of these changes happened to be the introduction of carbon fiber in the casing of the timepiece. As you may know, carbon fiber is one of the most durable and highly sought after materials in the world (most exotic cars tend to have a lot of carbon fiber in their designs). For Panerai, this led to what is now known as the Carbotech model line up, that is, Panerai timepieces with casing made entirely out of carbon fiber. For anyone who has a problem with being rough with their timepieces, the Carbotech line was finally the solution to their problem. In this article, we will cover the models of the Panerai Carbotech.
The first luxury timepiece of the Carbotech that was released was the Pam 661, which when it first came out, had MSRP of a whooping $11,800.
This model contained a contemporary matte finish that was both lightweight and easy to wear while at the same time also being extremely durable. There are even reviews on several of the most popular watch forums telling stories such as one guy dropped his Panerai 661 off a bridge onto hard rock and the watch didn’t even get one scratch, which is insane if you think about it. It boosted the iconic and highly coveted 1950 casing, so it could maintain its appeal to the Panerai collector community. It also kept the super popular 44 millimeter case sizing, which creates the perfect balance of wrist presence while also sitting comfortably on the wrist. On top of being the most desirable size, the case is shaped with a sloped bezel for an easy fit under the sleeve of a long-sleeve shirt. This timepiece comes with the extremely popular blue hand on the sub-dial, a signature model for Panerai similar to the success of the 44 millimeter casing and the 1950 casing, which means that the 661 is great value buy as it has all of the characteristics beloved by the Panerai community. With over 300 meters of water resistance, there are forum reviews online that show users of the Pam 661 swimming while wearing their beloved timepiece reporting zero issues at all. In terms of the movement, it comes with a P.9010, which comes fully equipped with a 37.8 diameter, 31 jewels, and a 72 power reserve. The P.9010 is the successor to the P.9000 movement, and it features a slightly slimmer design with a balance bridge secured on two sides. This movement was developed and manufactured by its parent company Richemont’s movement supplier Manufacture Horlogere ValFleurier, although it did claim to be an in-house movement made “entirely by Panerai” or similar claims simply stated a different way. There is no open caseback on this timepiece, so you unfortunately won’t be able to see the movement without opening it.
Next, we will cover the successor to the Pam 661, which is the Pam 1661. This model was a huge hit, and was much more successful due to Panerai deciding to improve the “dirty” brownish lume on the Pam 661 dial, the Pam 1661 changed the color of the lume to a highly light blue that made the timepiece appear high-tech and futuristic, a look that took the Panerai enthusiast community by storm. These new designs led to this newer model having an even higher MSRP than its predecessor at $13,900, but the higher price didn’t stop the Panerai enthusiast community from snatching up this beautiful timepiece. In terms of the movement, it contained the same P.9010 movement as its predecessor, and it also comes with a closed caseback as well, so really no upgrade at all when it comes to the movement. Moving onto the casing, it still features the iconic 1950 casing in the hottest size for any Panerai, 44 millimeter, which allows it to have the same classy wrist presence we’re used to seeing with Panerai. With this model, Panerai decided to limit the production to only 2,000, which means that supply will be kept relatively low and when you factor in the high demand for these models it’s easy to see why even on the used market these timepieces are still trading for around $10,000. One benefit for many users is that the Carbontech carbon fiber casing is a much lighter feel compared to the traditional stainless steel casings that many of the Pam’s from the 1950 Luminor line come in. To give an idea of how heavy the carbon fiber case will fit, it is very comparable to a titanium casing in terms of the physical weight and warmth it has on your wrist. This makes it a great option for those users who love the classic minimalistic dial design of Panerai but are turned off by the weight of the more traditional stainless steel models that this brand offers.
Finally, we will cover the Pam 1664, the newest model of the Carbotech line. This model still features the 1950 casing and 44 millimeter just like its predecessors, however, it brings an entirely new look. Featuring a dark blue bezel with a light blue faded around the sub-dial and the date wheel, this Panerai is absolutely stunning in the way it designs the case to look extremely similar to the stainless steel model while still being made completely out of carbon fiber. Clocking in at an MSRP of $13,900, it ends up being the exact same as the MSRP of its predecessor. However, this model only has 500 pieces as opposed to 2,000. Overall, this is an incredible timepiece and will most likely hold its value very well over time.
To conclude, we now examined Panerai’s Carbotech line and learned about the new and innovative generation of Panerai’s that are hitting the market. I personally expect this line to continue being very successful and may even start to compete as a modern design with some of Panerai’s classic design, however, only time will tell.
Until next time,
Matthew Thomas Pourroy
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