Today, our world is more connected and more global than ever before. It’s fitting that brands are recognizing the usefulness of a watch that can tell time in multiple places. The newer generation of watches for the frequent traveler includes world- time watches, which give the time in at least 24 locations around the globe, and GMT watches, which display the local time in the usual two-handed manner and add an independently adjusted third hand to show the hour in a different location. Most of today’s multi-timers also offer day and night indications for the chosen cities — or at least for your designated home time. Brands are also making it easier to read multiple time zones at a glance, and to change the time. For world-time watches, some have gone so far as to incorporate not only the 24 official time zones (which vary by one-hour segments), but also the zones that vary by 30-minute increments. Some are developing new and exciting systems to read the time around the world, including a constantly moving map. Others include additional functions into their world timers, making them almost indispensable to those circumnavigating the globe.
ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL GMT- MASTER II
FRANCKMULLER VANGUARDWORLD TIMER GMT Instantly recognizable by its big, tonneau-shaped case — it measures 44mmwide by 53.7mm long— the Vanguard collection offers both form and function in a bold way. Its newest VanguardWorld Timer GMT displays time in the 24 official time zones, along with a decorative relief-engraved world map on the dial. The raised sapphire crystal is hand polished, and the case is two-tone with brushed titanium and satin-brushed 18K rose gold. The 24-hour time ring uses both slate gray and white on the chapter ring to indicate day and night. Powered by an automatic movement with 170 components and 42 hours of power reserve, the watch offers depth and dimension thanks to the multilayered dial that is guillochéd and lacquered with 20 layers. The large hour markers and the hands are coated with Super-LumiNova for easy reading in the dark. The watch is finished with a hand-sewn rubber-and-alligator strap with orange hand stitching. $24,700, available at FranckMuller in NewYork, contact Vivian Ariel, store manager, vivian@ boutiques50cps.com, +1 212 257 5015, franckmuller.ch
Rolex delighted its fans with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II, which indicates time in two zones. The 40mmwatch carries the COSC certification and, after casing, the entire watch is further tested to receive the Rolex Superlative Chronometer certification. Offering the date in addition to hours, minutes and seconds, the GMT-Master II features a rotatable 24-hour graduated bezel (made with Rolex’s proprietary scratchproof Cerachrom inserts), and a separate GMT hand for setting a second time zone. This is independently set, and has a stop-seconds function for ultimate precision. Caliber 3285 is equipped with a bidirectional perpetual rotor accurate to -2/+2 seconds per day. Elegantly crafted in Rolex’s proprietary Everose gold with a matching Everose Oyster bracelet, the watch boasts a black lacquer dial with Chromalight hands and hour markers that glow blue in the dark. Rolex equips the watch with a Triplock winding crown and a patented system that makes it water resistant to 100meters. $36,750, available at RolexWempe Boutique in New York, +1 212 759 8278, rolex.com