Here at Monochrome-Watches we do appreciate the practicality of World Timers. You, our readers, are from all over the globe and so are we, the entire Monochrome team. Being in touch with each other, via Facebook or Skype, or when traveling, a world-timer is a great tool everyone with contacts around the world. The Girard-Perregaux Traveller WW.TC is certainly one of the best example of such a timepiece, with its informative and legible dial. And now it comes in a more refined case, made of 18k pink gold.
Originally introduced in the year 2000, the Girard-Perregaux Traveller WW.TC (World Wide Time Control) has been updated last year with a new case and some visual and technical improvements. The Traveller WW.TC we have reviewed, a stainless steel edition with panda-dial, was a sporty, robust watch that looks good on the wrist in pretty much every situation. Girard-Perregaux’ new Traveller WW.TC collection has been expanded with the Traveller WW.TC in black DLC titanium and now in 18k pink gold. The new pink gold edition is available in two colour combinations: a black dial with black alligator strap and a white dial with brown alligator strap.
Technically, the Girard-Perregaux Traveller WW.TC in 18k pink gold uses the same complications and movement as the steel and titanium editions. Alongside the world timer function, it features a chronograph and a date. The dial is composed of three parts: a central part for the hours, minutes, seconds and a chronograph with a classical and well balanced tri-compax layout (sub-counters located at 3-6-9). Around the inner dial sits a rotating discs with a 24-hour indication (the disc rotates in 24h), which is half white and half black to indicate the day/night at the various time zones. The outer part is a fixed ring that shows main cities in the 24 main time-zones of the world. The layout may be slightly complicated a first sight but once you’re used to all the information, it’s very easy to read the time in all time zones in a glimpse.
In order to give all information on the dial enough space, the case measures a robust 44mm. The pink gold case is of course heavier than the steel or the DLC titanium editions. However, due to very curved lugs, the Girard-Perregaux Traveller WW.TC is well balanced on the wrist. Still, we wouldn’t mind if GP decided to reduce the case size by 1 or 2 mm. Another possible improvement, as we stated in our review of the stainless steel edition, is the use of the GP-4500 instead of the new-used GP3300 calibre. The GP-4500 calibre measures 30.6mm instead of 26.2mm for the GP3300, and would fit better in the large case and thus giving a nicer view through the see-through case-back. Furthermore, the GP-4500 adds 8 hours of energy to the 46 hours power reserve of the GP-3300 (a movement that is also used in the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Blue dial we reviewed recently). Nothing dramatic, just small improvements that could enhance this already very seductive world timer and chronograph timepiece.
The new Traveller WW.TC Titanium pink gold has a retail price of EUR 31.950 (including taxes). More infos on Girard-Perregaux official.
- Case: 18K pink gold, 44 mm in diameter, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, case-back with a sapphire crystal pane, 100 meters water resistant (10 ATM)
- Dial: opaline or silvered opaline
- Movement: calibre GP03300-0083 (black dial) or calibre GP03300-0084 (white dial), self-winding movement, chronograph module, world timer module, 28,800 vph (4 Hz), 46 hours of power reserve, 63 jewels
- Strap: rubber bracelet that is coated with black (black dial edition) or brown (white dial edition) alligator, Pink gold folding buckle, with titanium blade