Travellers and watch enthusiasts alike now rely on Worldtimer watches more than ever. These watches make sure the wearer is constantly in touch with the outside world since they may display many time zones at once. I mean, there are numerous Worldtimers to choose from, OMEGA launching the newest one just a few days back. With aerial images of the Earth, an ocean on the dial, and the opulent shade of blue, it sure makes it a viable choice. But, what distinguishes the newest competitor, the Frederique Constant Highlife Worldtimer, and makes it a more sensible option? Before we explore, let’s brush up on our knowledge of this complication!
What is a Worldtimer?
One of the most practical travel complications on a watch is the world-time feature. World-time watches show the time simultaneously in all 24 major time zones. Worldtimers were developed in the 1930s by independent Swiss watchmaker Louis Cottier, and other prestigious brands, notably Patek Philippe, created magnificent watches with the new feature. These days, you don’t need a watch to tell you the time in different parts of the world, thus only a few brands provide complications with world-time indications. They may, however, be quite lovely and are a great opportunity for a brand to display its métiers d’art.
Now, it’s time to explore the jet setter’s dreams!
1. Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 5230
The World Time Ref. 5230 stands up to Patek Philippe’s reputation for classic elegance. This clock enables simple time zone switching thanks to an uncomplicated pusher mechanism and a user-friendly city disc. With simply a push of the pusher, the hour hand can be adjusted to reflect the 24 cities displayed on the exquisitely crafted dial, while the 24-hour ring remains fixed. It is a leading contender in the worldtimer category because of the incorporation of automatic movement and an intuitive mechanism.
2. Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time
The Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time exudes style and utility. Its user-friendly layout includes a rotating disc featuring international locations that makes changing time zones quick and simple. It is a delight to wear due to the watch’s small profile and the clear, readable face. The Geophysical Universal Time provides a smooth worldtimer experience with its in-house movement and attention to detail. Priced at: INR 1231402 approximately.
3. Andersen Geneve Heures du Monde Celestial Voyager
Worldtimers are Svend Andersen’s area of expertise. He was the Danish watchmaker behind the independent Swiss watch brand Andersen Genève. He developed his skill as a watchmaker at Patek Philippe and then applied it to his own brand. He has published five different versions since the 1980s, each one concentrating on another field of art. He displayed the time in several time zones using a conventional two-ring design and performs outstanding métiers d’art, such as guilloché and enamel painting, on the inner dial. Both are included in the Heures du Monde Celestial Voyager watch. A map of the Earth in cloisonné enamel may be seen on the dial. The amazing enamel painting depicts the land and ocean, changing from a light to a dark blue as the water deepens. The tiny gold wire outlines the continents. The dial also shows the time in Bombay! Priced at: INR 4458009 approximately.
4. Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time
A prime example of elegance and adaptability is the Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time. It has a complex dial with 37 time zones displayed on it, including those with half-hour or quarter-hour time differences. The world map in the center gives this outstanding clock a classy touch. The watch’s ability to set the date, 24-hour disc, and hour hand with a single crown adds to its user-friendliness. The Overseas World Time is a great option for the discriminating traveller thanks to its opulent style and useful functionality.
The Marine Hora Mundi 5557‘s world-map dial achieves its breathtaking visual depth through the use of superimposed plates, where traditionally guillochéd ocean waves on a gold base plate wash up against the filigree, turquoise-edged continents depicted on a sapphire crystal pane placed above it and also serves as the location of the longitude lines. At four o’clock, a miniature rose-gold sun and rhodium-plated grey moon in a window denote day and night. Priced at: INR 6323000 approximately
The Frederique Constant Highlife Worldtimer is a notable entry in the worldtimer segment, offering an attractive combination of style and convenience. The watch displays the time in 24 cities across the globe using a central disc and an outer ring. Adjusting the time zone is achieved through a single crown, making it user-friendly. The Highlife Worldtimer’s clean dial design and comfortable wearability are among its strongest attributes. Also, in terms of accessibility (Priced at INR 3,78,000) , this timepiece can make its way to the enthusiasts’ wrists.
The decision between these remarkable timepieces will ultimately come down to personal taste and the wearer’s particular requirements. Whichever design one opts for, these worldtimers will undoubtedly become dependable and fashionable travelling companions for world explorers.