WATCHES THAT STAND THE TEST OF TIME
http://www.thewatchbox.com Now here's something even Paneristi don't see every day. The Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic PAM 140 may as well be called the "180," because everything about this solid-gold standout is an exception to every Panerai precept. And the PAM 140 puts the "exception" back into exceptional. Start with a carbon fiber dial. It's woven, textured, and reflective in ways no standard sunburst, lacquer, or even hobnail can attempt to mimic. The dazzling movement of light across the thousands of interlinked strands of carbon thread creates waves of shifting reflections that bring this dial to life in singular fashion. But that's just the base of the dial; applied solid gold indexes and hands are an exceptional spectacle in their own right. While most Panerai watches feature either a "sandwich" stencil dial over an underlying lumed disc or a "sausage" dial with printed lume atop the watch face, the Panerai Luminor Marina PAM 140 replaces those features with premium applied gold markers to rival the finest sports watches in the business. Rest assured, copious use of lume on said indexes provides the same torch-like Panerai nighttime legibility as the traditional dials. Want gold? Be careful what you wish, because the Panerai Luminor Marina PAM 140 packs a Midas touch. Polished yellow gold covers the dial, the bezel, the case, the crown guard, the locking lever, and the case back. There's no corner-cutting; Panerai equips this PAM 140 with a solid gold case back rather than attempt to swap a display window for precious metal. The full deployant clasp is solid gold, and since we're keeping score, tally another exception to the Panerai norm; most Panerai watches feature the smaller and less costly pin buckle system. Add an automatic movement with COSC-certified chronometer precision, and the Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic PAM 140 is ready to do battle with the best. Ok, perhaps this Panerai is better equipped for boardroom "battles" than the kind waged by vintage Panerai military models, but it takes a truly *exceptional* watch to weather the wilds of corporate combat. See that watch, the Panerai Luminor Marina Automatic PAM 140, in high resolution images at www.thewatchbox.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso.