In 2022, Panerai has returned its focus to the Submersible family, with the launch of the QuarantaQuattro collection (forty-four in Italian) in a compelling new size. Sitting neatly between the established Submersible case sizes of 42mm and 47mm, the Submersible QuarantaQuattro dive watch collection offers a range of colours and materials (including Carbotech), all in a Goldilocks size for those who have normal-sized wrists, but still want some heft.
Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro Carbotech: What Is It?
The new QuarantaQuattro collection offers seven new Submersible references, but we’re going to focus on the Carbotech reference because of its innovative and thoroughly wearable case material. It’s a watch that not only demonstrates Panerai’s enthusiasm to have a timepiece in its catalogue for everyone, but also it’s continued striving to push technical boundaries, both in sustainability and innovation.
As mentioned, the case measures an approachable 44mm in diameter, featuring the cushion case shape that the Panaristi know and love. Another instantly recognisable element of Panerai’s diving watches is the large Safety Lock crown protection device, which both helps guarantee the watch to 300m of water resistance, and reminds us of its utilitarian and function forward design.
The case is made from Carbotech, which itself is created using a carbon-fibre-based composite material that is lighter than titanium and ceramic, as well as being very hard-wearing. The fibre sheets created a striped pattern through the case, making each technically unique, while the 60-minute bezel is made from the same lightweight material. The only elements of the case made from titanium are the caseback and crown guard, both of which are finished with a stealthy DLC coating.
The deep blue dial features a matte finish, which nicely compliments the high-contrast white hands and hour markers. Both are filled with luminous material to be easily read while diving, while the hands are actually partially skeletonised to complete the look. You’ll find a seconds sundial at 9 o’clock, while there’s a convenient everyday date window at 3 o’clock.
Powering the Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro Carbotech is the caliber P.900, developed by Panerai’s Richemont stablemate Manufacture Horlogère ValFleurier. Offering an enticing power reserve of 72 hours, it ticks away at 28,800vph.
As you might expect from a Panerai dive watch, the QuarantaQuattro Carbotech arrives on a 30% recycled rubber strap in a colour that nicely matches the dial.
Price & Verdict
While Panerai made new friends with the recently released Panerai Luminor Marina Quaranta that measured 40mm, it’s good to see more diverse case sizing across the gamut of collections. If you’re looking at a Panerai, you know you aren’t getting a dainty dress watch, and 44mm feels balanced for most wrist sizes. Especially when combined with the lightweight and robust Carbotech case material, it’s a timepiece that is compellingly contemporary. The Panerai Submersible QuarantaQuattro Carbotech comes with an RRP of $26,100 and is currently available.