Earlier this year, Panerai opened a new flagship boutique in the heart of New York City. Known as Casa Panerai, the new location represents a significant expansion (and improvement) compared to the brand’s previous NYC store, and I had the opportunity to attend the grand opening event that took place this summer. You can read more about the new Casa Panerai boutique in my coverage of it right here; however, given the importance of this new immersive retail location and the significance of the American market to Panerai as a brand, it was only a matter of time before Casa Panerai would receive its first boutique-edition model. As its latest new release of 2023, Panerai has created a new limited-edition timepiece dedicated to its flagship retail destination, and the Panerai Luminor BiTempo New York Edition PAM01467 is a dual-time version of the brand’s signature design that is crafted from DLC-coated titanium.

While the new Panerai Luminor BiTempo New York Edition PAM01467 was just announced this week, Hollywood actor and Panerai ambassador Chris Pratt was actually wearing an example of this watch at the Casa Panerai launch event a few months ago. I wasn’t going to accost Panerai’s ambassador in an attempt to gather some hands-on photos, so the rather limited press images of it are all that we have available at this time. That said, the overall design of the new Panerai Luminor BiTempo New York Edition is very familiar, and the model features a 44mm case, a domed sapphire crystal, 300 meters of water resistance, and the brand’s signature crown-protecting bridge protruding from the side of the case at 3 o’clock.

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Crafted from titanium with a sandblasted finish, the case components of the Panerai Luminor BiTempo New York Edition PAM01467 are given a dark anthracite gray coating, which both increases their surface harness and informs the overall colorway of the watch. While many Luminor cases are high-polished, I find that the dark matte appearance of titanium lends itself particularly well to the Luminor’s chunky and industrial design, and the dark gray hue of the case is especially fitting for a watch that is inspired by the urban landscape of New York City. Additionally, while no images of this detail are included, the press release for the new watch states that the lever for the crown protector is engraved with the words “New York” as a subtle nod to the location of Casa Panerai. Less subtle is the caseback, a solid piece of titanium that features a screw-down design and is adorned with an engraving of New York’s iconic Brooklyn bridge.

Similar to the case, the dial of the new Panerai Luminor BiTempo New York Edition PAM01467 also opts for a matte gray appearance that features a gradient effect that darkens towards the outer edge. The dial itself follows the brand’s signature “sandwich” style construction with large Super-LumiNova hour markers that show through cut-outs in the upper surface of the dial. A date window sits at 3 o’clock, while a running seconds register is placed opposite it at the 9 o’clock location, and the third centrally-mounted hand with an arrow-shaped tip is actually a GMT hand that allows the Luminor BiTempo to simultaneously display two different time zones. While other GMT approaches admittedly offer greater functionality, Panerai’s minimalist design achieves its intended dual-time purpose, while still managing to maintain much of the Luminor’s iconic appearance.

Powering the new Panerai Luminor BiTempo New York Edition PAM01467 is the brand’s Caliber P.9010/GMT automatic movement. Running at a frequency of 28,800vph (4 Hz), the 31-jewel Panerai Cal. P.9010/GMT consists of 200 individual components, and it offers users a three-day power reserve, thanks to the movement’s two mainspring barrels. Additionally, fitted to the lugs is a gray fabric strap that tapers from 24mm at the case down to 22mm where it connects to Panerai’s signature trapezoidal tang-style buckle. The strap itself is made from recycled PET that consists of 68% reclaimed materials from post-consumer waste, and the signed tang buckle is crafted from titanium with a dark gray DLC finish to match the case.

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Like other famous watches, the Luminor is one of horology’s icons, and Panerai can’t change its design all that much without fundamentally altering one of its cornerstone offerings. Consequently, the Lumanor has been produced in a remarkably wide range of different sizes, materials, and configurations throughout the years, and some are objectively more successful than others. Aesthetically speaking, the new Luminor BiTempo New York Edition is one of the better looking iterations of the dual-time Luminor, and its monochromatic gray color profile paired with a GMT complication feels especially fitting for an urban international hub like New York City. With an official retail price of $12,700 USD, the Panerai Luminor BiTempo New York Edition PAM01467 is positioned directly in the middle between the stainless steel and ceramic versions of the Luminor GMT, and the new watch will be produced as a limited edition of 212 examples, which serves as a reference to the famous area code for New York City. For more information on the Panerai Luminor BiTempo New York Edition, please visit the brand’s website.

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