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What is it: Those with large wrist and lovers of Panerai’s 44m diameter watches are in luck; in line with recent 44mm Luminor Luna Rossa PAM 1342 that featured a matte white dial Panerai is now launching two more 44m diameter timepieces, the Panerai Luminor BiTempo PAM01360 & PAM01361.
The new Panerai Luminor BiTempo watches feature the automatic-winding mechanical calibre P.9012 (that is created by Panerai). This 37.8mm x 6mm movement replaces the P.9002 movement and comprises 31 jewels and 231 components, beats at the standard frequency of 4Hz, offers an impressive 3-day power-reserve, and features an Incabloc® anti-shock device and stop seconds functionality.
Why: To continue to establish Panerai’s dominance in big, bold and legible timepieces, and also to hark to the brand’s Italian heritage — after all it was founded in 1860 in Florence as a workshop — that is brought to the fore with the inclusion of the words BiTempo (referring to the GMT complication) and ‘ore’ (referring to the hours remaining in the power reserve).
When released: 26th August 2022
Where: Please contact the Panerai boutique at Shop 3/84 King St, Sydney. You can also use their phone sale service in Australia by contacting 1800 271 037.
Who is it for: The new Panerai Luminor BiTempo are best suited for those avid travellers who would like to have an very identifiable and charming timepiece on their wrists as they conquer the world.
How does it do: Dual-time zone watches are fun to own; not only do they feature an actually “useful” complication unlike say a moonphase or tourbillon, but they also bring a sense of vivacity harking to travels unknown.
I like that they have released it in two variations, something for everyone. Personally, my pick would be the ref. PAM01361, with its blue sun-brushed dial. It’s more Panerai-esque from a distance, and that blue base acts a s perfect backdrop for the very legible cerulean blue second time zone hand. I also like that the power reserve hand complements the GMT hand, bringing in a sense of uniformity.
Talking about legibility, I also appreciate the introduction of a larger date window aperture, a feature that the brand informs us will become a recurring theme with newer models. I appreciate that this aperture is beveled and not framed, visually distancing it from any comparison with Lange. With plenty of lume, the new Panerai Luminor BiTempo models are the perfect travel companion for any ageing gentleman with deteriorating eyesight. For the younger ones like myself, it’s also a very handy watch, one that is seeped in Panerai’s DNA and comes with a useful complication, a useful 72-hour power reserve, and a useful 300m water-resistance.
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