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Katherine Cunanan
August 26, 2022    |    

Keeping the (Luminor) BiTempo

Panerai brings us the Luminor BiTempo to help track time in two places, and in two color palettes.

Time seems to go so fast when you are enjoying an activity, and yet time also seems to go slow when you are waiting for something. In reality, each hour has the same number of minutes though. But how we experience those minutes can be different and individual.

Take a work trip out of the country, for example, and you’ll feel the duality of time. Getting to your destination seems to take forever. Yet when you arrive, you hit the ground running, going from one meeting to another. Even when you’re enjoying the work trip, you’re likely counting the hours til you get back home to your family (and your pets). A time difference might make things confusing too – are they having dinner while I’m still having lunch? Is their day ending while mine is just starting?

Luminor BiTempo
Luminor BiTempo

Panerai makes tracking time in two places easier with the Luminor BiTempo, a dual time zone watch. The Luminor BiTempo has the GMT feature, meaning an additional hand to track a second time zone. In this case, this third hand is not for the seconds but for the second time zone, and the cerulean blue outline on that hand makes it easy to spot when you glance at your watch.

There is another small hand with the same cerulean blue outline, but this is on the subdial that shows the power reserve. When fully wound, the watch has a power reserve of 72 hours. The ‘Ore’ label for this subdial, meaning hours in Italian, is a nod to the Italian heritage of Panerai.

The watch case is 44mm in brushed steel, with the crown protection device of course. The hours 6 9 and 12 are in Arabic numerals, with the other hours getting a classic marker. The seconds subdial is at the 9 o’clock, offering a nice symmetry with the date window at the 3 o’clock. The date window is an interesting point since it is larger than it was in previous watches. The aperture is also beveled, a nice design touch that we will be seeing in future Panerai models.

Luminor BiTempo
Luminor BiTempo

The Luminor BiTempo is powered by the Calibre P.9012, a self-winding automatic movement that can be seen though the crystal caseback. The watch is water resistant to 30 bar (or 300 meters), in case your day takes you into the water. And when your day lasts into the night, the luminous hands and hour markers will be easy to spot.

There are two color palettes to choose from with the Luminor BiTempo. The first is an all-blue version (PAM01361), with blue sun-brushed dial paired with a blue alligator strap. The second is an all-black version (PAM01360) also with a matching alligator strap. The watch comes with an additional rubber strap, a tool for switching the straps out, and a screwdriver to remove the buckle. Both Luminor BiTempo versions have the previously mentioned cerulean blue-outlined hands for the GMT and power reserve. If you prefer the single color palette, then the blue version fits the bill. If you prefer that the GMT hand is more distinct form the dial, then the black version is the one to pick.

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