Go big or go home, has always seemed to be a motto over at Officine Panerai. This year at Wonders & Watches 2022 they introduced their new QuarantaQuattro collection with 44mm cases in various alloy options. Quick mention: “QuarantaQuattro” is Italian for “forty-four”. Today we’ll take a look at the Carbotech™ version, proudly made from the brand's proprietary alloy. It also marks the return of the “Blu Abisso” theme.The 44mm case is made of Carbotech™ which is one of Panerai’s proprietary alloys. It first debuted in 2015 and is composed of thin sheets of carbon fibers compressed at a controlled temperature under high pressure together with a high-end polymer, PEEK (Polyether Ether Katone) that enhances its durability.On the flip-side we encounter a DLC-coated titanium screw-on dodecagonal-shaped case back, which has been engraved with Panerai’s iconic diver figure, as well as technical detailsMounted to the case is an unidirectional rotating Carbotech™ bezel with markings for the first 15 minutes in the form of a white lume, which offers a decent amount of contrast to be useful in low-light environments.It comes equipped with Panerai’s iconic crown protector with the movable latch lock lever, which is also made of DLC-coated titanium, like the caseback. All topped by a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating that assists with water-resistance reaching up to 300 meters (1000 feet).Time is exhibited on a dark blue dial with dotted hour index markers and rectangular round edged hour index markers for the 6 and 12 o’clock positions. The dark blue hue is where this watch gets its “Abisso” moniker from, which means “Abyss” in Italian. It also features an improved date window at 3 o’clock, that now provides a better framing to enhance the user’s glance view. While at 9 o’clock we can find a sub-seconds counter running along.Overall this is the same sturdy and highly reliable case design we expect from Panerai. The QuarantaQuattro collection is more about a new size option, than any major modifications. Also worth noting on the lower-half instead of AUTOMATIC, they’ve placed Carbotech™, in order to highlight the use of their proprietary alloy. The semi-hollow central hour and minute hands, plus all the hour index markers have been fitted with a white luminescent coating, for an enhanced legibility.
Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro Carbotech™ Blu Abisso
The “Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro Carbotech™ Blu Abisso” (Ref#: PAM1232) is powered by the in-house self-winding mechanical movement, caliber P.900 with 23 jewels, 12.5 lignes, 171 components, and 28,800 vph. It is based on Panerai’s OP XXXIV movement. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 72 hours, when fully wound.Mounted on the watch is a blue accordion-style rubber diver’s strap, secured by a pin buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Officine Panerai website here.