Timepieces for Travellers
Being on the move made measuring time a difficult affair. Aligning timetables and schedules was near impossible as each city set its own time in line with the sun.
Although cause for much debate, the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) solved that problem. It was originally set up in the fifteenth century to assist naval expeditions in search of the new world. It wasn’t taken up by the rest of the world until much later with the creation of the International Date Line and the 24 time zones which were introduced as a result of the 1884 International Meridian Conference. Greenwich is also the Prime Meridian, every 15˚ of longitude east or west theoretically represent a difference of one hour. Depending on how many degrees you are removed from Greenwich you can work out the time of any location. The more elegant solution would be to buy a watch to do the job for you.
We are happy to present a range of different styles, so whether it’s business or pleasure that takes you to far away places, we will help you ensure you have the perfect timepiece to accompany you. From dual zone to world time watches, there’s one for every kind of traveller, from the stylish occasional holiday maker to the frequent flyer.
Dual Time Zone Watches
Dual Time Zone watches have the ability to display the local time as well as the time in a second zone. Perfect for an at-a-glance check of the time in a different zone, it will help you avoid making untimely calls. One popular extension of this function is the GMT tracker, useful in particular when flying through different time zones. GMT was created during the peak of naval expeditions and was later followed by UTC, the Universal Time Coordinated, replacing the meridian line that passes through Greenwich. GMT remains popular though, and the watches often display time with a second hand, the 24 hour hand set to GMT.
The Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time makes for a stylish, chic and comfortable travel companion. The exceptional timepiece is fitted with the calibre 324 S C FUS mechanical self-winding movement. The local time hour hand can be moved by the push buttons on the left, the date is coupled with the local time date indication. The local and home day/night indication is revealed by two apertures.
Patek Philippe Aquanaut Travel Time
Parmigiani Fleurier presents the Tonda Hémisphères, a perfect timepiece for frequent flyers. Fitted with an automatic movement, the rose gold timepiece has a power reserve of 50 hours. Two crowns control this complication, one for winding the movement, correcting the date and main time, the second for adjusting the second time zone to the nearest minute. An elegant classic in step with time.
The Senator Comsopolite from Glashütte Original was developed for the modern world traveler. The innovative timekeeper lets its wearer keep track of his home and traveling time at one glance – no matter in which of the 36 time zones he currently finds himself in. The additional differentiation between Daylight Saving Time and Standard Time, the small seconds dial at 6 o´clock, the unmistakable Panorama Date as well as a running time of 72 hours make the reliable automatic watch, equipped with the Calibre 89-02, a precise and elegant companion for demanding cosmopolites.
Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite
With the Dual Time Manufacture Lady, Ulysse Nardin presents an elegantly balanced timepiece. Fitted with a unique quick-setting mode and permanent home time display, this self-winding travel watch has a power reserve of 48 hours. The stainless steel case and bracelet are complemented by elegant mother-of-pearl and white diamonds, for a watch, which could easily turn trusted companion.
With the J12 GMT CHANEL celebrates the crisp look of bright white. The white ceramic and stainless steel case houses the automatic movement with a power reserve of 42 hours. A steel rimmed ceramic bezel surrounds the white dial with two rings with Arabic numerals indicating the hours as well as a second time zone. The blue arrow points to Greenwich Mean Time, the date field is located between four and five o’clock. A white ceramic link bracelet with a folding clasp adds the finishing touch.
CHANEL J12 GMT
The Hermès Quantième Perpetuel unites beauty with mastery and is proof that complications can indeed be delicate. Apart from the perpetual calendar and an exceptionally eye-catching moon phase in mother-of-pearl and aventurine, the 12-hour dual time display also features a day/night indicator. The second time zone can be set by means of the push button. The unique typography of the Arabic hour markers makes this unique mechanical watch an eye-catching companion.
Baume & Mercier
Baume & Mercier presents the automatic Classima. This timepiece features an array of iconic details such as the guilloché dial and the blued, leaf-shaped hands. A third central hand presents the dual time on a 24-hour outer ring, the time can be set by the crown. If you are looking for timeless elegance, this one is for you.
More complex than the dual time watches, the world timer typically depicts the time by two separate bezels. Trying to wrap your jet-lagged brain around various time zones in different countries? The worldtimer is for you. The inner bezel features the 24-hour display which makes one complete revolution per day. The outer bezel lists the major cities in each of the 24 main time zones. Set the home time zone on the 24-hour bezel, the point where the ring lines up with the zone you are looking for indicates the time.
The Patek Philippe World Timer 5930G combines two highly popular complications, the world timer and the chronograph. The 24 different time zones are complemented by the 30-minute chronograph display, the worldtimer can be activated by the push button at ten o’clock. Powered by the Calibre CH 28-520 HU, the mechanical, self-winding watch has a power reserve of 55 hours. The blue dial features a manually guilloched pattern. Inspired by a piece dating back to 1940 this World Timer is definitely a watch any connoisseur would appreciate.
Patek Philippe World Timer 5930G
With the Geophysic® Universal Time, Jaeger-LeCoultre presents a watch that brings the world to your fingertips. Decidedly elegant, the calibre 772 ensures a power reserve of 40 hours. The self-winding mechanical timepiece presents the hours, minutes, seconds as well as the world time. The stunning blue lacquered dial with the world map is reminiscent of explorers and their expeditions, and at the same time an exclusive invitation to travel.
The Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime unites the functions of a chronograph with the worldtime function. Fitted with the Breitling calibre B05, this attractive, self-winding travel companion has a power reserve of 70 hours. A simple movement of the crown adjusts the timezone, even a date window was fitted and is located between four and five o’clock. While this timepiece is a celebration of the 50s and 60s style, it also resolutely contemporary.
Designed with the modern traveller in mind, the Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum celebrates a universal approach. The stainless steel case presents the sapphire crystal dial with the city names and world map. The world time indication features an integrated day & night display. Powered by the calibre MB 29.20, this watch has a reserve of 42 hours. A black alligator leather strap with a folding clasp adds the finishing touch.
Part of the Frédérique Constant Manufacture collection, the Manufacture Worldtimer presents a beautifully engraved dial with guilloché details. Fitted with the FC-718 automatic movement, this timepiece has a power reserve of 42 hours. The anthracite map is nicely balanced by the navy blue of the dial. The 24-hour ring presents day and night, the city ring aligns with the hour ring to show the corresponding time. The setting is adjusted via the crown of this affordable timepiece.