The benefits of owning a world timer are too many to count, but perhaps the biggest advantage is getting to enjoy the feeling of having the world on your wrist. Jet-setters love world timers because they can show major world time zones at a glance. These watches also look fabulous and make fine travel companions.
The Récital 18 Shooting Star is complicated and its dial is beautiful. They say it’s what’s inside that counts and this timepiece – with its skeletonised dial – definitely holds true. Watch lovers will appreciate the five-day tourbillon; hemispheric universal world time; a compact 24-city indicator; hemispheric precision moon phase; jumping hours and retrograde minutes. This watch is limited to 50 pieces.
The L.U.C. Time Traveler One is the first world-time watch created to celebrate Chopard Manufacture’s 20th anniversary. Sleek and elegant, this world-timer suits any globetrotting gentleman’s outfit. The dial displays the date, local time, a 24-hour ring and 24 major time zones.
IWC’s Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph allows the wearer to set a new time zone by using just the bezel. The hour hand, 24-hour display and date automatically follows suit. All you need to do is press, rotate, and release.
An in-house manufacture complication allows Montblanc’s 4810 Orbis Terrarum to display 24 time zones in an understandable way. The dial centres the world from the North Pole and displays the major 24 time zones on its map.
The World Time Chronograph Ref. 5930 is Patek Philippe’s first world-time chronograph in over 70 years. This timepiece, which includes two functions – a chronograph and a world time – in one movement, reveals the maison’s watchmaking expertise.
The Overseas World Time displays 37 time zones and includes those offset by half-and quarter-hours in relation to UTC time. This timepiece has interchangeable bracelets and straps.
The Geophysic Universal Time oozes elegance. The dial features engraved continents, blue-lacquered ocean, and has a beautiful steel or pink-gold case. The mechanical automatic calibre 772 ticks inside, and with a true seconds function.
De Bethune’s DB25 World Traveller is unlike other timepieces as the maison displays a select number of international cities on the dial, complemented by a 3D moon phase, which indicates the day and night.
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