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Panerai Luminor Marina Titanio PAM 061 Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com/watches/panerai The Panerai Luminor Marina Titanio PAM 061 is a 44mm brushed titanium fan-favorite that combines iconic Panerai Luminor appeal with scintillating – and exclusive – details. An extraordinary tobacco dial pairs with lightweight brushed titanium to create a rare modern classic that looks stunning and wears like a feather on the wrist. The Luminor Marina Titanio is a beauty by any measure. The combination of brushed titanium framing a tobacco dial with an alligator strap and a contrasting stitch is deadly in person. It's also rare. Built for only two years, the Panerai PAM 061 exists in only 7,500 copies. For reference, today’s Officine Panerai builds almost ten times that figure annually. Prior to the Y2K debut of the Panerai Luminor Marina Titanio PAM 061, only the legendary Luminor Marina PAM 36 had been graced by this color combo. To this day, with over 350 distinct Panerai model variations in the company's cumulative catalog, only about a dozen have sports the Ti/tobacco tandem, and not all of those are the iconic Luminor model. And the Panerai Luminor is the modern definition of an iconic watch. Having hit the civilian market in 1993, the Luminor exploded to international acclaim via unpaid celebrity endorsements (thanks, Sly), online forum fanaticism (thanks, Guy), and a global fan following that spawned an entire luxury watch subculture: the Paneristi. As with all pre-2007 Panerai Luminor models, the straps are secured by conventional flathead screws that enable easy strap swapping. Half of the fun of owning any Panerai wristwatch is the ritual of remodeling the watch via the universe of factory and aftermarket accessory straps, and the rich tones of the PAM 061 offer intriguing possibilities shared with few of its peers in the PAM pantheon. Inside the uncommonly handsome brushed Ti case, Panerai fits a manually wound Caliber OP II movement. The COSC-certified Swiss chronometer is based on the classic Unitas 6497 pocket watch movement; historically, the Panerai military timepieces of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s employed pocket watch movements exclusively. More than a heritage-driven choice, the OP II is tough; a screw-secured swan’s neck regulator and incabloc shock protection keep this chronometer ticking through the daily grind. Historically correct and functionally superb, the Cal. OP II boasts a robust 56-hour power reserve, satisfying Panerai-specific finish, and a broad display caseback to showcase the works. Join the ranks of the Paneristi, and enjoy one of the brand’s modern classics with the Luminor Marina Titanio PAM 061. See this Panerai Luminor Marina Titanio PAM 061 in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso.