I invite you to discover my selection of Worldtimers. I am sure you will like them all and the phrase “who has the choice, has the agony” will hit you awfully with those nine watches shown here …
As already mentioned above a Worldtimer is a perfect travel companion and of course a cool watch to “simply” surf through the timezones.
It is important to mention that such a watch only makes sense if you do not loose the correct time and date when you travel through zone-times and change the home-time. The home-time is the time shown on the dial with the hour and minute hand.
At home you will probably synchronize the home-time with the zone-times of your Worldtimer. So the time shown on your dial and the one shown on the Worldtimer scale will be the same. When you travel abroad the only thing you then will have to do is to pull out the crown of the watch and adjust the hour hand in one-hour-steps. The minutes and seconds will not be affected by this process.
Here is an example: When I leave Vienna to travel to New York I will after landing there have to turn back the hour hand in six single steps for the six hours of time difference. This little feature distinguishes a real watch from a gimmick. Once again: The advantage is that you do not loose the correct minutes, seconds and of course the date, since the date change will always follow the indicated home-time on the dial.
If a Worldtimer does not offer this feature do not buy the watch. You will be stressed every time when you simply need to change the hours in a new zone-time.
All the watches shown here do have this clever feature. So in the end it is only a question of taste and of course money which Worltimer will probably conquer the very valuable place on your wrist.
The Baume & Mercier Capeland Automatic Worldtimer uses the IWC Worldtimer-module being described here below. The functions are also the same. The only difference is that Baume & Mercier uses a Sellita-calibre as the base movement.
The Breitling Galactic Unitime SleekT is a full in-house developed watch. The base movement is the new Breitling automatic calibre “B35” here combined with the Unitime-module of Breitling. With its 24-hour ring, the Unitime-function enables easy legibility of 24 zone-times including the current Universal Time Coordinated in London. When traveling through the zone-times, the hour hand can be adjusted forwards or backwards in one-hour steps.
The Frédérique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer is a fully in-house developed watch with an in-house calibre. With its 24-hour ring, the Worldtimer–function enables easy legibility of 24 zone-times including “GMT” in London. When traveling through the zone-times, the hour hand can be adjusted forwards or backwards in one-hour steps.
The IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer is available in 18-carat red gold and stainless steel. With its 24-hour ring, the Worldtimer-function enables easy legibility of 13 time zones including the current Universal Time Coordinated (UTC). The 12 place names on the external city ring each represent a timezone. Reducing the indicated cities to only 12 is a kind of luxury for those who can afford ignoring the other 12 ones. Honestly I do not understand the reason. When changing a timezone, the hour hand can be adjusted forwards or backwards in one-hour steps, also when crossing the International Date Line. The Worldtimer-module was developed by IWC, the base movement of this watch is an ETA-calibre.
This picture shows the back of the IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Yacht Club Worldtimer
The same technical description applies to the IWC Schaffhausen Pilots Watch Worldtimer, with the little difference that this Worldtimer shows the zone-time in the major 24 timezones …
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic True Second is powered by the calibre 770. The True Seconds system causes the seconds hand to move forwards while “beating the second”, meaning by performing a jump every second. Once the universal time has been set, there is no need to adjust it while crisscrossing the world. Travellers need only adjust their own time. Local time is automatically adjusted simply by moving the hour hand in one hour steps forwards or backwards, of course independently of the minutes and seconds to as to avoid any loss of precision.
The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum displays the time in different parts of the world. The dial is constructed in a multi-layer way. At its centre, the main sapphire crystal dial displays the continents as viewed from the North Pole which are encircled by the names of the 24 cities representing the different timezones. To adjust the time, the desired local city needs to be first positioned at “6 o’clock” by the aid of the pusher at “8 o’clock”. Then the hours and minutes (which are always linked with the day/night and 24 hours time-zones disc) can be adjusted through the crown to adjust the correct local time of the desired city. Once this is done, in addition to the correct local time the correct zone-time of all the 24 timezones will simultaneously be displayed around the sapphire crystal dial. When travelling to another timezone, the new destination city simply needs to be placed at 6 o’clock. This adjustment is again done through the pusher at “8 o’clock” which will turn at the same time the continents and cities, the day/night disc with the 24 hours timezones as well as the hour hand in jumps of one hour. The precise time of the minutes is not affected. The Worldtime-module was developed in-house by Montblanc, the base movement is a Sellita-calibre.
The fully in-house developed Nomos Zürich Weltzeit powered by an in-house calibre will show you the zone-time of all the important timezones at a glance. The watch is easy to adjust and absolutely understated. No one will try to steal it!
Nomos Zürich Weltzeit
The Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time indicates 37 world’s timezones, including those offset from Universal Coordinated Time (UCT) by a half – or quarter- hour. The cities shown in black represent the full timezones, while the cities in red indicate half-hour or quarter-hour zones. The watch enables the simultaneous read-off of the time in almost all regions of the world, along with the day-night indication provided above the central world map. Of course all indications are adjusted via the crown, thus considerably simplifying the use of the watch. The calibre 2460 WT was developed and is manufactured by Vacheron Constantin.