Whether you’re frequently travelling business or pleasure, you would like a watch that can keep up with wherever you are heading next. A watch that can indicate time across multiple time zones at once is first and foremost a tool. However, this does not limit you to simple or cheap watches only or dare I say it, your smartphone. On the contrary, there’s plenty to choose from in the higher echelons of watchmaking as well, as these 5 complex watches clearly showcase.
Moritz Grossmann Universalzeit
The Universalzeit by Moritz Grossmann is a unique and interesting take on the concept of multiple time zone indications. Using the brand’s existing architecture, it devised a clever disc positioned underneath the dial to reveal 6 different additional time zones. Holes in the dial, which is decorated with a depiction of the world, correspond to six cities, each with their own scale on the aforementioned disc. It works rather intuitive as well, as you simply adjust the hour disc to the correct setting, and use the pusher/selector at 11 o; clock to adjust the central hour hand. And just like that, you have the time in 7 different locations at once! Power comes from the Calibre 100.7 with 292 components, made almost entirely in-house and finished by hand. It retails for EUR 42,000. All the details can be found in our hands-on review.
For more information, please visit Moritz Grossmanss’ website.
Quick Facts – 44.5mm x 13.78mm – stainless steel case, polished – domed sapphire crystal – sapphire crystal caseback – unique pull-out and resetting crown – movement restart pusher at 4’ – selector/pusher for main time at 10’ – sunray brushed blue dial – painted and printed world map in white and brown – handmade hands – white time zone disc – applied hour markers in polished steel – Calibre 100.7, in-house – manual winding – 292 components – 18,000vph – 42h power reserve – Haute Horlogerie finishing – hours, minutes, seconds, 6 additional time zones – chocolate brown alligator leather strap – EUR 42,000
BCHH x Andersen Genève Celestial Voyager “Sunset over Capadocia”
The BCHH x Andersen Genève Celestial Voyager “Sunset over Cappadocia” is arguably one of the best-looking world timer watches we’ve seen in a long time. It’s the second Celestial Voyager between Andersen Genève and Benjamin Chee Haute Horlogerie. The case is made of platinum, with a crown on either side for setting the watch and adjusting the city ring. The centre of the dial has an exquisite image of hot air balloons floating over the region of Cappadocia, Turkey. This is surrounded by an aventurine city disc and a silvered 24-hour ring. It’s powered by a historical AS 1876 automatic movement, hand-finished by Andersen Genève, and fitted with a BlueGold rotor. No more than 10 of these gorgeous watches will be made, with bespoke options for the lucky few. It is priced at CHF 58.800. More details in our review are here.
For more information, please visit BCHH.ch
Quick Facts – 37.7mm x 10.1mm – 950 platinum case, satin-finished and polished – eagle wing lugs – sapphire crystal on both sides – twin-symmetrical crowns (left for city, right for time/winding) – 30m water-resistant – cloisonné enamel dial centre – city ring in aventurine with Cappadocia in rose gold – silvered 24h ring – openworked leaf-shaped hands with cream finishing – AS 1876 base movement with Andersen Genève world time module on top – automatic winding with signature BlueGold rotor 21 jewels – 21,600vph – approx. 40h power reserve – hand-finished by Andersen Genève – hours, minutes, world time – alligator leather strap with platinum pin buckle – 10 pieces in total with customization options at a premium – CHF 58.800
Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck
Brace yourself, as there’s a lot to take in with the new Ulysse Nardin Blast Moonstruck. It is an adaptation of the Moonstruck from 2017, which in turn relies on Ludwig Oechslin’s Moonstruck from 2009 when he was working for UN. It displays time, moon phases and days of lunar month, an orbiting sun, world time and dual time, tidal coefficients and the date. This is all housed in a 45mm wide black DLC coated titanium case with pushers on the left. The UN-106 movement uses 335 components and can be admired through the back. Using a silicium escapement and balance spring, and running at a frequency of 28,800vph, it provides 50h of autonomy. Its production is limited, but not specified to how many, and retails for CHF 75,000. A full rundown of this complex piece can be found here.
For more information, please visit Ulysse-Nardin.com
Quick Facts – 45mm diameter – black ceramic and black DLC titanium case – sapphire crystal on both sides – 30m water-resistant – two pushers on left side to advance main display in one-hour increments – domed sapphire crystal representation of earth from the north pole – moon phases and days of lunar month – orbiting sun – world time and dual time with 24h day/night scale – 24 reference cities on flange – tidal coefficients gauged by moon phases – date ring with triangular pointer – hour and minute hands with luminous material – UN-106 manufacture automatic calibre – 335 components – 42 jewels – 28,800vph – 50h power reserve – silicium escapement and spring – black alligator, velvet or rubber strap with titanium and pink gold folding clasp – limited production – CHF 75,000
Patek Phillipe World-Time Chronograph 5930P
Patek Philippe has a long history with chronographs and world timers, but the two rarely meet up in a single watch. One reference that does combine the two is the Patek Philippe 5930P World Time Chronograph, first introduced in 2016 and now available in green as well. Its platinum housing measures a discreet 39.5mm in diameter and has wing-type lugs attached to a bottle-green leather strap. The display is typical of Patek, full of detail. A green guilloché centre dial is paired with a day/night 24 ring, a green on white city ring, applied hour markers, a 30min chronograph counter and central hours, minutes and chronograph seconds hands. The movement, seen through the back, is Patek’s CH 28-250 HU Calibre. This in-house automatic world timer chronograph flyback movement uses no less than 343 exquisitely finished components. The watch is priced at EUR 87,500. More details are available here.
For more information, please visit Patek.com
Quick Facts – 39.5mm x 12.86mm – platinum case – sapphire crystal front and back – wing-type lugs – triple pushers for chronograph and world time complication – 30m water-resistant – Emerald green guilloché dial – white and black 24h ring – white chronograph seconds ring – green on white world timer city ring – chronograph 30min counter – Calibre CH 28-250 HU, in-house – automatic world timer flyback chronograph movement – 21k gold winding rotor – 343 components – 38 jewels – 28,800vph – 50-55h power reserve – hours, minutes, chronograph seconds, chronograph 30min counter, 24h scale with day/night indication, 24 time zones indication – “bottle green” leather strap with platinum fold-over clasp – EUR 87,500
IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium
The final watch we include on this list is a world timer of a completely different order. The IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner TOP GUN Ceratanium is every bit a high-end watch, but with a much more robust, tool-oriented look and feel. Its matte black ceramic-titanium alloy case is topped with a ceramic rotating bezel that’s engraved with 24 cities corresponding to time zones across the world. To use it, press down on the bezel and rotate it in either direction. This will adjust the central time hour hand and the 24h display in one-hour increments. It’s fitted with IWC’s in-house made 82760 automatic movement, with a Pellaton winding system and 60h of power reserve. It’s worn on a black rubber strap with a textile insert and retails for EUR 18,200.
For more information, please visit IWC.com
Quick Facts – 46mm x 15.1mm – Ceratanium case – ceramic rotating bezel with 24 cities engraved – sapphire crystal front and back – screw-down crown – 60m water-resistant – matte black dial with black hands – light-grey Super-LumiNova elements – IWC Manufacture Calibre 82760 – automatic with Pellaton winding system – 22 jewels – 28,800vph – 60h power reserve – hours, minutes, seconds, Timezoner function for changing time zones through the bezel, 24h display for world timer function – black rubber strap with textile inlay – limited to a production of 500 pieces per year – EUR 18,200
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