Bracelets aren’t something you see strapped to Panerai watches too often, which is, I think, a bit of a shame, as that half-moon design is quite distinctive and stylish. But that’s something that’s set to change with two new, silver and steel additions to Panerai’s Luminor Marina family, the PAM00977 and PAM00978.
Offered in two case sizes — 977 is the 42mm, and 978 is 44mm — the overall form of the Luminor Marina is well established by now, but aside from the bracelets, there’s a few things worth pointing out. Most obviously, the dial. I don’t know about you, but I expect Panerai to offer dial options verging on the dark and serious, which is what made this brushed silver number such a pleasant surprise. It offers a fresh take on the old favourite, and when combined with the bracelet, adds up to quite a flashy package. There are applied markers, a date, and a lovely little blue detail on the seconds hand. Ticking away behind the scenes is the P.9010 movement, an in-house number with three days of juice.
It’s not your typical Panerai, but hey, it’s 2019. Is there such a thing as a ‘typical’ Panerai anymore?
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM00977 and PAM00978 Australian pricing
Panerai Luminor Marina PAM00977 (42mm), $11,900; PAM00978 (44mm), $12,000