Worldtimers redefined watch making back in 1959, when Louis Cottier decided to revolutionise the
art, which in turn today has given us the common GMT application. Although
there was a close association between Rolex and Patek Philippe with Cottier, it
was only the latter that was successful in earning the patent on the
Cottier pioneered the two-crown watch with a 24-city ring on
the dial that is still in use today. Briefly, the system is laid out this way:
hour and minute hands in the centre for local time; a concentric disc around
the central local time display that tracks the hours at the home city; and an
outer ring with the names of 24 cities in 24 different time zones. In other
words, one can get the time of 24 zones, all at once.
We bring you the list of the Top 10 Worldtimers in the World; the traveller's accomplice.
Alpina Worldtimer Manufacture
Alpina's Worldtimer features a rotating ring with the names of 24 cities inscribed on it. A second rotating ring has 24-hour markers. This is used to display time in different time zones. Local time is shown by a standard hour and minute hand. The Alpina Worldtimer has a mechanical automatic caliber AL-718 with 26 jewels and has a 48-hour power reserve. The watch is water resistant to 10 ATM. The watch is finished off with a black leather crocodile strap. The front and the back of the watch are covered with sapphire crystal.The new Worldtimer caliber (AL-718) ensures easy adjustment of all functions, through a single crown. Furthermore, the production of the Alpina Startimer Worldtimer will be limited at 8,888 pieces and they will be presented in a dedicated, luxurious packaging, alongside a Cessna Citation Mustang scale model in PrivatAir livery.
Price - USD 3,450
Frederique Constant Classics Manufacture World Timer
Frederique Constant is particularly adept at offering high-quality watches with in-house movements at accessible prices. And they’re at it again. This time they give the value treatment to a worldtimer, offered in two limited edition configurations. The Worldtimer function can be achieved simply by selecting the desired city and placing it at the 12 o’clock position on the dial. Internal discs automatically synchronise, and after that, it’s possible to see what time it is in any of the 24 cities on the dial. In addition, thin discs also indicate at a glance whether it’s day (white disc) or night (black disc). Both of these limited edition models have an extra large date counter at the 6 o’clock position with a fan-pattern decoration. The gold plated model’s dial features a stunning silver world map at its center. In addition, the polished hands are an elegant midnight blue colour, and the hour indexes are luminous. The ever-popular crystal sapphire see-through case back has also been retained.
Price - USD 3,450.
Vulcain GMT Extreme
A new look and a new movement: the ultra-sporty GMT Extreme Automatic is flaunting a new ultra-virile design this year, powered by the self-winding Cricket V-21 alarm calibre. This unprecedented new movement heralds a new era for this watch designed to accompany explorers and globetrotters in their international adventures. The 12-lignes movement is equipped with twin barrels – one to deliver the energy required for the hour, minute, date and seconds functions, and the other to operate the alarm function with its 15 to 20-second ring. This movement beats at 18,000 vibrations per hour and is endowed with a 42-hour power reserve. The new self-winding Cricket V-21 movement comprising 257 parts is equipped like its predecessors with Vulcain’s patented Exactomatic system which equals out the friction exercised in all positions. The 44 m case in steel and titanium, steel and 18K rose gold or black titanium versions.
Price - USD 5,100.
Ernst Benz ChronoFlite World Timer
A watch doesn’t have to be huge to encompass the world—but it helps. At an imposing 47 mm diameter, the new Ernst Benz ChronoFlite WorldTimer may not be for every wrist. But the ChronoFlite is an eye-catching way to track time, from Dubai to Des Moines. Its dial comes in black or white and is spacious enough to list cities in twenty-four time zones. A fourth, red "arrow” hand makes a full trip around the dial in twenty-four hours; adjust the rotating outer bezel for local time and you’re ready to note the hour in any corner of the globe at a glance. The name references the original aircraft-panel timer, the Micro ChronoFlite, crafted by founder Ernst Benz in the 1960s. His early, aviation-inspired wristwatches became a hit with pilots and auto enthusiasts.
Price - USD 5,200.
Bremont ALT1 WT World Timer
In summer 2012 Bremont launched the wonderfully over-engineered Bremont World Timer, ALT1-WT, on general release and for pilots and travellers all over the world. Design features include a very complex, highly finished dial and a Roto-Click bezel that enables the user to work out the global time zones using the International landing location in all 24 time zones. The watch itself can show UTC or 'Zulu' time through its adjustable 24-hour hand. The Bremont World Timer will be available in three striking dial variations, Blue, Black and White. The Bremont World Timer is certainly one of the more intricate and complicated military watches ever produced.
Price - USD 6,100.
IWC Pilot Worldtimer
With globalization advancing so rapidly, it is becoming increasingly important for pilots, frequent flyers and international business people to keep track of different time zones. The new Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer offers a particularly elegant solution to the challenge. The dial shows the current local time. If the wearer passes through one or several time zones, the time can be adjusted forwards or backwards in one-hour steps via the crown to show the new local time, even when crossing the International Date Line. The date simply moves in sync with the jumping hour hand. Once set correctly using the crown, the black-and-white 24-hour ring encircling the dial enables the wearer to read off the time in all 24 time zones, including the current Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). The 23 place names on the external city ring each represent a time zone, and standard time is centred below the name of the city. In the illustration, the dial shows local time as 10:10. The 24-hour ring displays the current UTC time in London, where it is 18:10, while the time in New York is 13:10. In cities on daylight saving time, the time can be read below the dot linked to the city name with a line. If local time is changed on the dial, the time shown by the 24-hour ring remains unaffected and the movement continues to run during the changeover. The Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer is secured to the wrist by a black alligator leather strap with a folding clasp.
Price - USD 9,650.
Girard Perregaux WW.TC World Timer
Among the high-end watch makers with serious collector clout and legitimacy as a bona fide movement manufacturer, Girard-Perregaux is among the less well-known. That little fact has nothing to do with the quality of their products or utility thereof. "WW.TC” stands for "world wide time control.” Inside the WW.TC watch is Girard-Perregaux’s in-house manufactured caliber GP03387 family of automatic movement. Pretty to view through the sapphire crystal display back window, the movement also includes the time, date, and 12 hour fly-back chronograph. It is an extremely well-made and robust caliber by most accounts.The case is 43mm wide in black ceramic and over the dial is a really high-quality sapphire crystal that is AR coated. In all the Girard-Perregaux ww.tc called ‘Dark Night’is an exclusive and limited edition of 25 pieces only available in the U.S., and is a watch of mystery and stealth. Functions: Hour, minute, small seconds, date, fly-back chronograph, world time with day/night indicator.
Price - USD 23,850.
Arnold & Son Hornet World Timer Skeleton
With six hands to give frequent travellers a wealth of practical information, the Hornet World Timer Skeleton is a masterpiece of ingenuity. By removing much of the dial and skeletonizing many of the parts, its designers have blended function and form to create a watch whose complex mechanism is also its central design feature. But the feature that puts this fabulous timepiece in a class of its own is the unique combination of three unusual functions: the equation of time, the multiple time zone display and the double-disc big date display. Further indication of the watch’s complexity is provided by the six central hands, the crown and the three pushpieces that give the Hornet World Timer Skeleton its name.Running around the edge of the case are the symmetrically arranged crown and pushpieces. The Hornet World Timer Skeleton is powered by the Arnold & Son A1766 calibre and features a big date display at 5 o’clock. It is housed in a stainless-steel case measuring 47 millimetres in diameter and comes with a hand-stitched black alligator strap. Production is limited to just 50 watches.
USD - 27,000.
Jaeger LeCoultre AMVOX 5 Chronograph
Jaeger LeCoultre commemorated its 7 year old partnership with Aston Martin by producing the AMVOX 5 Worldtimer Chronograph. This is a limited edition series inspired by the Aston Marting LMP1 racing car. The AMVOX 5 is powered by the self winding Jaeger LeCoultre Caliber 752 which runs at 28,800 vph and includes a 65 power reserve. The Worldtimer consists of 279 parts, 41 jewels and a pink oscillating weight. Dial colors are inspired by the LMP1 racing car. Hours and minutes are rhodiumed with white Superluminova. The high-tech ceramic and titanium case measures 44 mm x 15.2 mm. The case back is engraved with Jaeger-LeCoultre and Aston Martin logos. Protected with cambered sapphire crystal and anti-reflective treatment. Water-resistance is up to 50 meters.The strap is black calfskin and Cordura with a 20 mm wide steel folding clasp. The AMVOX 5 has been produced in a Limited Edition of 250 pieces.
Price - USD 29,220.
Vacheron- Constantine World Timer
Vacheron’s new Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time is the first world time watch to display all 37 time zones, including even those offset from UTC by a quarter hour. This mechanical magic happens thanks to Vacheron’s new patent-pending Calibre 2460WT, designed, developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin and bearing the Geneva Seal. The 36.6mm diameter automatic-winding movement has 255 components and runs in 27 jewels at 28,800 vph with a 40 hour power reserve. The movement is 8.1mm thick. The 22K gold rotor spins on ceramic ball bearings.The display consists of three dials: the central disk displays a "Lambert projector” type map and city names. Above the map, a sapphire disk shaded on one side indicates day and night. The outer metal chapter ring bears the minute track and applied hour markers.
Price - USD 39,900.
by Michael Di Giallonardo
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