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Top 10 WorldTimer Luxury Watches - Part 3
By Romit Jethwaney — March 25, 2013
 
What is a World Timer?

A watch with a dial that indicates up to 24 time zones around the world, usually found on the outer edge of the face or sometimes on the bezel. Time zones around the world are indicated by major cities.

By popular demand, we bring you the third edition of our top 10 World Timers

Manjaz Engineer Series

Manjaz Engineer Series
Manjaz embodies over 130 years of innovation and Swiss watchmaking tradition. Its Engineer Series travel watch now reflects this wealth of expertise. At the centre of the silver-toned dial, a second time zone is indicated with a red hand. 24 cities are synchronised on the flange. All the world’s time zones are revealed at a glance and adjusted via the dedicated crowns at 2 and 4 o’clock. This new-generation timepiece is graced with classic lines and a meticulous design. A 42 mm piece in stainless steel, the Manjaz Engineer has double sapphire crystals and water resistance up to 50 meters. Movement is the automatic ETA caliber 2893 – 25 jewels, 28,800 vph and a power reserve of 38 hours. The series has been produced as a 88-piece limited edition. 
 
Price - USD 2,100.

Nomos Glashuette Zurich World Time

Nomos Zurich

The Zurich World Time is Nomos Glashuette's most complicated timepiece. Powered by the brand's own ‘xi' automatic movement, it features a 24-hour time zone disc that advances one hour with every push of the button at 2 o'clock (as does the hour hand). Meanwhile, the ‘heimat' disc at 3 o'clock shows the home time. Flip the watch over for a view of the movement, which is coated in black gold. The case is highly polished stainless steel, constructed of ten parts. It measures 39.9 mm which is en-vogue with the move away from over-sized watches of recent years. Sapphire glass features not only to the front but to the rear affording the wearer the opportunity to admire the beauty of the movement. The dial is galvanised, white silver-plated with world time and 24 hour indicator. A criticism some people may make of World Time watches is that the dial may appear cluttered, not so with this timepiece. It imparts the time in different cities from around the globe with great clarity. The calibre is self-winding with a bi-directional rotor.  
 
Price - USD 5,235.

Tissot Heritage Navigator

Tissot

Tissot celebrates its 160th Anniversary with a piece first created for Tissot’s centenary in 1953, which reflects its love for new horizons. The Tissot Heritage Navigator is the ultimate traveller’s watch. It portrays that vintage class as well as providing the modern business man’s tool. This timepiece will allow you to be right on time, no matter what your location around the globe may be, with its automatic chronometer precision, officially certified by COSC (Contrôle official Suisse des Chronomètres) and its multiple time zones. You will even be able to take into consideration the time differences when organising those important conference calls with people from different parts of the world. Once you have chosen and set the watch to the country of your choice, that time zone will be indicated by the numbers on the bezel. In order to find out the time of any of the other of the 23 countries, simply take a look at the time indicated by the minute track on the dial in front of its Capital. This watch is the perfect illustration of what the company stands for with its essence of tradition and that touch of innovation. Tissot has always aimed to provide its consumers with indispensable tools of precision, and after 160 years, this watch shows that it is still the case today. A vintage-inspired travel watch, the 43mm Navigator comes in a black or silver colorway with a 24 hour dial, automatic movement, and a world time function that lets you easily find your local time on the bezel once you’ve set the watch to your current destination.

Price - USD 5,000 - 6,000.

Corum Admirals Cup Challenger Day/Night

Corum Admirals Cup

Corum has released a new Admiral’s Cup Challenger called Day/Night. Corum came a long way from 1960 and the first Admiral’s Cup watch. Back then it was a square watch with a solid caseback, now the twelve-sided case has replaced the old design and gives a sporty/chic look to this collection and the caseback is transparent to reveal the Corum automatic movement (CO 171).The Admiral’s Cup Challenger collection is now an established collection of Corum and each year new watches are released using different material and introducing new complications. The Day/Night version introduces the latter. It features a second timezone and a, never seen before, day and night indicator cleverly integrated into the dial. There is 24 hours dual time zone that you can set up with the crown and the white indicator but there is also an independent day night indicator shown by the black/transparent sapphire disk. This will only work if you set the dual time zone to the Greenwich Mean Time (G.M.T). The case (48 mm) has been black vulcanized making the watch water resistant down to 300 meters. The dial has a Côtes de Genève finishing which is also present on the back of the watch (movement). Two versions are available in limited editions : Silver (150 pieces) and black (200 pieces).
 
Price - USD 6,925.

 Jaeger LeCoultre Master World Geographic

 Jaeger LeCoultre Master World Geographic

The Master World Geographic is the follow up of using watch case integrated with its movement. The Geographic function consists of a mechanism combining the case and movement and enabling one to activate the city disc. The city disc is thus guided separtely from the movement and this made it possible to design a reasonably-sized watch.In terms of function, the 24-hour ring directly indicates the time in 24 cities visually in relation to JLC terms as the privilege time zone shown in the 7 o'clock Hour and minute hands (same time as the privilege city as marked by a red triangle at 6 o'clock). By using the crown on 2 o’clock, you can select a city from the city disc and the sub dial at 7 o’clock will show this ‘priority time’. The city disc also indicates how to operate in case daylight savings (summer time) are applicable. JLC’s caliber 936 movement is – of course – an in-house movement and consists of 322 parts for this complication timepiece. The lower crown changes the time and synchronizes the local time and 24- hour time zone system. The Geographic WorldTimer is made with the finest materials, including a brown leather band and a stainless steel 43-millimeter case, crowns, and bezel. Powered by mechanical self-wind movement, this automatic watch is water resistant to 165 feet.
 
Price - USD 15,900.

Girard Perregaux WW.TC

Girard Perregaux WW.TC
Soaring to the top of must-have lists for discerning travellers since its 2000 debut, Girard-Perregaux’s WW.TC chronograph has since undergone numerous transformations to boost its desirability. While most famous for its ability to indicate time across 24 time zones at a single glance, courtesy of its signature world-time dial ring with day/night indicator, the watch’s various tweaks over the years have endeared it to collectors of different persuasions. Further enhancing its aesthetic pull, the watch adopts a yin-yang colour scheme with contrasting black rubber push-buttons to set off the white ceramic sheen. Elsewhere, the dial flaunts similar colourways that not only appear stylish, but also help improve legibility on this travel stalwart. these timepieces are water resistant up to thirty meters and feature a glare resistant sapphire crystal case. There are also a great number of other complications that are offered on the watches in the collection, such as a perpetual calendar, a power reserve indicator, and the "financial” function. The "financial” function is an innovation from the Girard Perregaux brand. This world first allows the tracking of the opening and closing of the main stock markets around the globe. All of the very utilitarian features on these timepieces are enhanced by a distinctly sporty and rugged aesthetic.
 
Price - USD 16,800.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Unique

Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Unique

When Jaeger-LeCoultre launched the Duomètre collection featuring the revolutionary Dual-Wing movement, its unique technical nature and sophisticated styling placed it in the most exclusive echelons of fine watchmaking. The brand has now launched a worthy heir to the line with the new Duomètre Unique Travel Time watch. Crafted in 18-carat white gold, this model allows the user to adjust the time in the travel time zone to the nearest minute. In this way, the worldtime function enables travellers to adjust their time-zone display to all continents and countries, irrespective of the time-zone difference. For this new movement, the Dual-Wing is divided into two mechanisms: the first is dedicated to local time while the second displays an additional time zone. Each mechanism has 50 hours of power reserve but the same crown can be used to wind both barrels. The Jaeger-LeCoultre Calibre 383 is also intricately revealed through the watch's sapphire crystal, while the back bears the engraved cities' names corresponding to 24 time zones. There are only 100 pieces of this watch available.

Price - USD 48,000.

Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Enamel John Harrison

Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Enamel John Harrison

One of the leading boutique Swiss watch manufactures, Girard-Perregaux has unveiled a limited edition of watches, as part of its ww.tc collection, dedicated to renowned British watchmaker and inventor of the H-4 watch, John Harrison.This unique Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Enamel John Harrison watch displays the time from 24 time zones around the world. Its dial displays the journey undertaken by John Harrison’s son William from Portsmouth, England, to Port Royal, Jamaica, against a map of the Atlantic Ocean. The contours of the map are engraved on an unprocessed plate of white gold, while the compass rose, showing the eight directions of the wind and measuring no more than 3 mm, is hand-sculpted by a craftsman-engraver.The liquid green and blue enamel, which shows the earth’s most dominant colors, has been applied with the help of a brush, but only after vitrification of the surface at 800 degrees centigrade, which is then cooled, and hard brushed by using special paper and stone to give it a smooth texture. The dial is then manually polished with a diamond file, before a last firing called Dorure or gilding adds shine and reveals the enamel’s full splendour. William Harrison’s journey is delicately indicated by a trace of silvered powder stretching from Europe to America.

Price - USD 54,000.

Girard-Perrgeaux ww.tc Zegg Cerlati Edition (Monaco)

 
Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Zegg Cerlati Monaco Edition

The ww.tc (World Wide Time Control) collection, created in the year 2000, has been constantly reinterpreted year by year. Its ability to instantly indicate the time anywhere in the world continues to be its main function, combined in this case with the classic Girard-Perregaux chronograph. These functions are enclosed in a shotblast steel case of generous dimensions, having a 43 mm diameter. Under its sapphire crystal a world map unfolds with zones in contrasting shades and the Principality of Monaco as its center-point, revealing the world as seen by Zegg & Cerlati and illustrating this timepiece's function of telling the time throughout the world. The duality of its colors reinforces the originality of this limited edition of the ww.tc, and showcases the complementary links between Tina Zegg and Carlo Cerlati. The carmine logo can be seen on the city ring, recalling Monaco's traditional colors. Finally, the vulcanized rubber strap gives this timepiece a robust and powerful character, underscoring its sporty and elegant profile. The Girard-Perregaux ww.tc Zegg & Cerlati is limited to 15 pieces, and will be sold exclusively at the Zegg & Cerlati boutiques in Monaco. 

Price - Undisclosed.

Breguet Classique 5717 Hora Mundi

Breguet Hora Mundi

Breguet's Classique Hora Mundi 5717 has been included among Robb Report magazine’s 2012 "Best of the Best" selections, notably for its beauty and functionality. The Classique Hora Mundi is the first example of a mechanical timepiece with an instant-jump time-zone display. This function allows the traveller to easily display the time in two pre-selected time zones, changing instantly from one to the other simply by pressing a button, without disturbing the operation of the watch. Accurate operation during setting is ensured by a stop second system. Changing the time zone affects not only the time, but also the date synchronised through a "tracking” calendar system – and the day/night indicator. This unique timepiece is made of precious materials: 18-carat red gold or 950 platinum. Three versions of the dial are available, each representing one part of the world: the Americas, the European and African continents, or Asia and Oceania.

Price - USD 90,000.

Greubel Forsey GMT in 5N Red Gold

Greubel Forsey
 
The year 2011 was remarkable for the Greubel Forsey duo, Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey. Their introduction of the GMT, featuring an innovative display of universal time and three-dimensional architecture won them many accolades. The confidence in their watch was so much that way back then they had announced the eventual release of a 5N red gold model in 2013. The watch hots a magnificent titanium globe at 8 o’clock and this indicates universal time while the Tourbillon 24 Seconds positioned at 5 o’clock. You will find a second time zone indicator at 11 o’clock, small seconds at 2 o’clock and power reserve at 3 o’clock. The three-dimensional terrestrial globe makes one complete revolution in 24 hours, anti-clockwise, which is the natural direction of the earth’s rotation. Specs include power reserve of 72 hours, domed sapphire crystals for the dial-side, display-back and lateral window, all treated with antireflective coating. Mechanical hand-wound movement with patented tourbillon Calibre GF05 2 patents pending. 

Price - USD 850,000.

Maurice Lacroix – Masterpiece Worldtimer

Maurice Lacroix – Masterpiece Worldtimer

The Maurice Lacroix Worldtimer is great for travellers, as it effortlessly showcases global time zones. Driven by a ML164 mechanical movement , the 42 mm wide diameter engages itself with the wearer's personality, quite elegantly. The worldtimer works on a push of a button reflecting ones current location using the 12 -hour hand. Day/night indicators are distinctly located at the 9 o'clock position whereas the date appears at the 6 o'clock position. There are two versions to the watch; Asian and European. The only difference between the two is in its presentation. The European version features a Clous de Paris motif whereas its Asian counterpart is made up of powerful light effects and sun-brushed satin finished continents. The timepiece exceeds all expectations as far as readability and functionality are concerned. Protected by a screwed case back with wide sapphire crystals and water resistance of up to 50 m. The strap is a five row metal bracelet with a polished and brushed finish. With oscillations of over 28,800 vph, the worldtimer has a power reserve of up to 40 hours.

Price - Undisclosed.
 
 
 
 
 
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