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.
Yet again, we bring you the second edition of our top 10 World Timers.
Trainmaster Worldtime Chronograph - Ball Watch
The Trainmaster Worldtime Chronograph by Ball Watch Company combines two watchmaking accomplished complications: the day and time function combined with a 24-hour time zone display. Created with the inveterate traveler who appreciates mechanical timepieces, the Trainmaster Worldtime Chronograph host a special module driving a disk engraved with the names of the main metropoltain cities of the world. This module rotates in the reverse direction of the hands, indicating the time in 24 geographic zones at the same time. This luxury timepiece also boast the brand’s iconic signature glow-in-the-dark hands and dial made possible by 15 micro-tubes filled with 3H gas. Water-resistant to 50 meters and certified shock resistant up to 5,000Gs, the Trainmaster Worldtime Chronograh by BALL Watch Company asserts the brand’s position as a key player in the exploration of watchmaking.
Watches showing different time zones is nothing new, but Montblanc‘s Timewalker World-Time Hemisphere Watch is very different. As its wearer travels across the timezones, they can rotate the brushed titanium bezel and crown to have the watch face show the daytime-nighttime range for the selected zone, indicated by city. On the 42 mm steel caseback, Montblanc also added what is essentially an engraved cheat-sheet, cleverly listing additional reference points to aid in dialing-in your timepiece. The Southern Hemisphere has a grey-tone dial with orange accents and shows the continents with the south pole in its center. Besides the different color-scheme, the Southern Hemisphere model comes on a stainless steel bracelet and, of course, shows only southern hemisphere cities on the flange.
Price - USD 5,000.
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime
Breitling has reasserted its horological mastery by launching a "worldtimer” chronograph equipped with an innovative in-house movement – Caliber B05 with a patented mechanism. Thanks to its double disk, the Transocean Chronograph Unitime provides at-a-glance reading, anywhere in the world, of the time in all 24 timezones. When the user changes timezone, simply turning the crown forwards or backwards enables instant correction of the hour hand, the city disk and the 24-hour disk – while automatically adjusting the date to local time. The ultimate in user friendliness.Self- winding automatic movement and a 70 hours power reserve, this Breitling timepiece comes in a 46 mm dial , 18K red gold finish.
Price - USD 11,200.
Zenith Doublematic Worldtimer
Zenith is best known these days for chronograph watches powered by the
high-frequency El Primero chronograph movement, which it introduced in
the milestone horological year of 1969. However, one would have to go
further back to discover that the brand also boasts a history of
developing precision timekeeping instruments for aviation. The Doublematic Worldtimer is their latest entrant with the flange of the disc bearing the names of 24 cities. On the dial, a pierced Ruthenium black and
red hand shows the time set for the alarm, while an opening at 8:30
confirms that it is turned on. An alarm reserve indicator at 7 o’clock
tracks the status of the barrel.
The 30-minute chronograph counter is at 3 o’clock, and is topped by
a large date. The sweep seconds hand is accentuated by a Superluminova
arrow, while the athletic design of the hour and minute hands dates them
as being squarely 21st-century. The dial options are silver or sandblasted matte black; luminous
numerals on the chapter ring add to the dial’s legibility. The big,
45-mm case, in brushed and polished steel or rose-gold, features a
sapphire exhibition caseback that shows off the El Primero and its
Price - USD 13,200.
The Datezoner is the only watch in the world to change date and time zone via the bezel. This unique mechanism is patented and ensures that the date changes automatically when the hour hand is moved over the midnight line, both clockwise and anti-clockwise. As a result the big date at 6 o'clock is easy to read and displays always the right date in every time zone. The Datezoner has a 38 mm dial and is powered by their own in-house movement. It is amazing that the brand assembles all their watches in their own ateleirs in Switzerland. The 18k gold Datezoner is the 3rd generation of Vogard's watch collection. It sets a new benchmark for world timers by combining date, time zone and time keeping functions.
Price - 16,500.
Hublot World Timer
Luxury brand Hublot makes its mark with its world timer Big Bang GMT, which has been entirely developed and manufactured in-house by Hublot. The main technical feature of this GMT complication is that is gives the time in the different time zones using an expert set of 4 rotating aluminium discs. They are controlled by a push-button housed in the case middle at 2 o'clock which allows the discs to be simultaneously positioned, allowing the time in the city, selected from the 14 available, to be instantly and directly read.With an elegant, practical and functional design, the King Power Unico GMT has a 48 mm dial and is available in two versions, ceramic or King Gold red gold ceramic, featuring a dial which is easy to read despite the wealth of indications it contains, and which allows the beautiful mechanics of the calibre to be admired. With a 72-hour power reserve, this watch will appeal to travelers with an appreciation of fine contemporary watchmaking.
Price - USD 24,000.
Jean-Mairet & Gillman Hora Mundi
The Hora Mundi is the favourite timepiece of Cesar Jean-Mairet, the founder of Jean-Mairet & Gillman watch brand. The inspiration for this collection came while he was on a flight to Madrid. Considering buying a module for a new world-timer, he realised that he could create the same timepiece by using an existing JMG movement and adapting it. And so the Hora Mundi was born. Stylish, practical and very unique, the stainless steel rose/white gold plated Hora Mundi is beautifully crafted and intelligently designed. The individually hand set, rhodium city names are placed around the lacquered dial, displaying the world time. This 41 mm automatic timepiece, with a 42 hour power reserve also has a complication that is a key asset for any global traveller; an alarm.
Price - USD 26,000.
Porsche Design P'6750 World Timer
The purity of lines, the character of the materials and the absolute perfection of every detail: the highly distinctive spirit of the first chronographs designed by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche in 1972 has been well and truly respected. The cosmopolitan traveller will appreciate the original function of the second time zone indicating local time in 24 cities around the world. The P´6750 Worldtimer runs on the dependable Eterna caliber 6037 movement with its automatic winder and Porsche Design rotor, a watch mechanism designed and manufactured by Eterna in its own factory. It adds an intelligent, unique world time mechanism to the basic Eterna 6030 caliber. The movement has a 48-hour power reserve.
Price - USD 26,700.
Richard Mille Jean Todt World Timer
This limited timepiece is one of the newest releases from The 2013 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie by Richard Mille. The RM 58-01 measures 50mm and its case is made up of almost 200 parts constructed of a combination of 18k red gold and grade 5 titanium both polished and satin finished to capture a unique look.The Richard Mille RM 58-01 World Timer is powered by a Caliber RM58-01 manual winding tourbillon movementt, with hours and minutes, a power reserve indicator, a 24-hour time display and of course the tourbillon at 9 o’clock on the dial.The RM 58-01 World Timer Jean Todt Limited Edition by Richard Mille is a must have for any world traveler, and is available in a Limited Edition of only 35 pieces.
Price - Proceeds to charity.
Patek Philippe WorldTime
Patek Philippe Ref. 5131J, a unique watch especially made for Children Action charity at an auction held in Geneva. This one-of-a-kind ‘View of the City of Geneva’ cloisonné enamel dialed version was sold in order to benefit a Swiss charitable foundation in its noble mission of providing psychological acre and medical aid to the children. Executed in the cloisonné enameling technique, the center of the dial represents Geneva Lakeview and it is surrounded with a 24-time zone indication. Also, it possesses the perfect size of the elegant timepiece with its diameter of 39.5 mm, and boasts a wonderfully polished surface of a bezel that goes perfectly with the stylish brown alligator strap.
Price - USD 1 Million.
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