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Watches with world time function

A trip to a foreign country - it is always a kind of stress. At least a person faces foreign cultural traditions. And to everything else he or she needed to get used to the fact that watches with carefully adjusted the readings have to move for another time. The same problem awaits the traveler, if he goes from one end of the country, located in different time zones, in the other. For such people there are watches with world time, leading to count the seconds on the testimony of several time zones.

World Time Clock
World Time Clock

Determination of world time is a complex function. Ideally, such complications should be not only to destroy the beauty and originality, but also to have some utilitarian value. These kinds of functions include world time display. Such a useful complication is useful not only to travelers who just romp around the world. Watches with world time function will be useful for those who do business with companies from different countries. Agree – it’s not very comfortable every time crunch numbers before making the call a business partner who is in a different time zone.

Time zones
Time zones

By the way, is not always the difference in time is uncomfortable. For example, Russian speakers in Latvia and Lithuania, even delighted, when in 1989, these countries have moved to a different time zone. For them, this story was a significant plus: New Year began dating twice - the first time on the new local time, and the second - on the usual domestic. However, this was not the last surprise. Next surprise for emigrants was presented by Russia, refusing to move on summer time in 2011.
The time difference with Latvia and Lithuania, respectively, increased by an hour. Now, after a two-hour meal, following the conversion of the Russian president's statements by heads of Latvia and Lithuania, not everyone can remember. In this situation, the international watches are powerless, however, and the tragic in it, in general, there is nothing. However, the experienced reader incredulous winces: they say, that classic’s heroes ride through the world without these kinds of devices, and nothing. So let's first take a look at watches with world time.

Who needed time zones

The appearance of time zones, by the way, is associated with travel. Up until the XIX century people do very well without this excess, because the high-speed transport was not yet in vogue. Time passed slowly, there was nowhere to hurry, and time was ticking on the basis of local solar time, set by the geographical longitude. Hence the watches with world time function were not much of a need - then is morning when is the light.
However, the pace of life gradually accelerated. In the XIX century, England saw unprecedented development of the railway network. Now people can quickly race from one end of the country to another, but here's the problem - there were no proper timetables. The fact that each city had its own time provoked various inconsistencies. And if you wait for the train at the station once an hour - not such a tragedy, but to have an accident due to time overlaps hardly anyone wanted.

The outer court of Victoria Station in the late of 19th century
The outer court of Victoria Station in the late of 19th century

Railway companies demanded to create a common time zone in England. Time was checked against Greenwich (GMT, or Greenwich Mean Time). With a light hand of the creators of innovations - Dr. William Hyde Wollaston and Abraham Follet Osler - it received the name, by analogy with the meridian passing through the place not far from London, where previously there was the famous Greenwich Observatory. It is for this reason that it was long called "London time". To synchronize the watch rates in all cities, at that time were used the most accurate timepieces, but to create a wrist watch with world time function, it was still far away.

Dr. William Hyde Wollaston
Dr. William Hyde Wollaston

By the way, on the back side of the Earth opposite the Greenwich, is located 180th meridian, indicating the change of day. That's the natural time machine: crossing this conditional line, you can get a day ahead or back.

Greenwich Observatory
Greenwich Observatory

In 1840, a system based on the GMT was used on the Great Western Railway. Seven years later, the practice has spread across the whole Britain.

Control panel of time service of Greenwich Observatory
Control panel of time service of Greenwich Observatory

Following England a system of time zones was introduced in North America. In the U.S., it was used in 1883. And in the next year in Washington was organized an international conference, after which the system of time zone has been introduced around the world. As a result, the whole earth was divided into 24 zones, each of which comprises 15 degrees of longitude. Within a single time zone time is the same, the difference between adjacent is 1 hour. So travelers got a problem, which can be solved only by a wrist watch with world time.

Time zones of Britain, Osler's map, 1800s
Time zones of Britain, Osler's map, 1800s

Today there are so many similar accessories. Watches with GMT-function from different manufacturers may vary slightly according to the process of display. Each person can choose the system that the most convenient for him or her to use. Let us consider the watches with world time zone with a variety of configurations.

Larger scales - good and different

Patek Philippe

Probably the most logical version of watches with function GMT – it is a model in which there is an additional scale. of the company Patek Philippe have chosen that way. Their watch with world time function called Patek Philippe World Time indicated the double time with scale, encircling the dial. On it there are marked the names of 24 cities in different time zones. This can be done by pressing a special button on the left side of the case. Here there is another scale, which will help the owner to determine in which cities at a certain time is a day, and in which - night. In the center of the three-zone dial is placed a naturalistic enamel image of the Earth.

Patek Philippe World Time (Ref. 5130P-001)
Patek Philippe World Time (Ref. 5130P-001)

Patek Philippe World Time (Ref. 5131G-001)
Patek Philippe World Time (Ref. 5131G-001)

The coordinating work of all three segments is provided by an ultra-thin automatic caliber 240 HU with the Geneva Seal. Its name is the first letter of the words «heure universelle», which translates as "world time." A watchmaker Louis Cotto invented this mechanism in 30s of XX century. It has two features. First, its microrotor is drowned in platinum. Second, part of the mechanism is responsible for the display of world time, isolated from the main system. In practice this means that a change of time zone does not affect the accuracy of the.

Patek Philippe Model 2523 Heures Universelles
Patek Philippe Model 2523 Heures Universelles

The watch with world time Patek Philippe World Time is available in case made of white and yellow gold, with 39.5 mm in diameter. The apparent brevity of design does not introduce anyone astray - this is truly a smart model. For example, one of its variations - Patek Philippe Model 2523 Heures Universelles – was already sold for 2 million 890 thousand US dollars. Thus, it was in the top of the most expensive watches in the world.

Longines

The mechanism of a model Longines Master Collection GMT works on the same principle. This watch with world time function has a very sleek design. Its steel round case has a diameter of 38.5 mm. The strap can be selected in metal version, and leather, depending on preference. As in the model of Patek Philippe, this monochrome dial is divided into three segments. In the outer ring are the names of cities, the average indicates the time of day in these settlements, and in the center is located a dial with Roman numerals and large date aperture.

Men's watch Longines Master Collection GMT
Men's watch Longines Master Collection GMT

Men's watch Longines Master Collection GMT
Men's watch Longines Master Collection GMT

Men's watch Longines Master Collection GMT
Men's watch Longines Master Collection GMT

Men's watch Longines Master Collection GMT is created based on a classical Longines caliber 635. It is not related to the mechanism of time zone definitions, so it works perfectly in any of them up to 38 hours with no wind.
Watch with GMT-function Longines Master Collection has a successful structure in the opinion of many experts. It is very easy to use. The design of Longines Master Collection GMT does not include buttons for changing time zones, but the outer ring rotates with the crown. The second ring with 24-hour markings adjusts the selected city. The main thing is not to hesitate to read the instructions accompanying the model Longines Master Collection GMT, though men do not like it. Mastered the ability to switch to a different time zone, a person can easily carry it with a pair of motions. And the presence of the date indication makes the international watch even more attractive to travelers.

Girard-Perregaux

There is a couple of models in a similar style for lovers of stylish, high-tech accessories – a watch with GMT-function Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Dark Night and WW.TC Shadow. This stylish black chronograph with cases made of ceramic and rubber strap. Unlike previous models, these watches with world time based on a specially developed caliber GP03387 are also equipped with the function of the flyback-chronograph. Here, however, there is not the outer segment with the city, a ring with the hour markings rotates, but the principle is generally the same. To correct the time zone to the position of "9 o’clock" the model Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Dark Night and Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Shadow are equipped with a special crown. These international watches are not only highly functional, but also so bright that will not be unnoticed.

Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Dark Night watch
Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Dark Night watch

Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Shadow watch
Girard-Perregaux WW.TC Shadow watch

IWC

The Swiss manufactory IWC, obviously listened to conventional wisdom saying that in fact the engine of progress is laziness. More seriously, the masters took care of those travelers who do not get along with technology. The watches with world time function IWC Spitfire UTC (Silver) and Spitfire UTC have windows on the dials that reflect the current time in GMT. So in this case there is no need to turn and adjust anything, but will have to consider. But such a international watch will develop memory and math skills.
Both models of the IWC have round steel cases in diameter of 39 mm and leather or steel straps. Their self-winding mechanisms from electromagnetic radiation are protected by a kind of case made of soft iron. But the models IWC Spitfire UTC (Silver) and Spitfire UTC are not just a watches with world time function, they still have display the date in a window at the 3 o'clock position.

IWC Spitfire UTC (Ref. IW325110)
IWC Spitfire UTC (Ref. IW325110)

As you can see, what is absent, you can always just to finish. But this does not mean that the watch with GMT-function, having as a way of indicating the scale, is simpler unique in terms of technical performance.

Lost in time? Rotate a bezel!

Some watchmakers prefer not to clutter the dial with unnecessary details. On the case there is enough space for another scale. For example, it can be on the bezel. In many ways, this design is more convenient. For example, you can do without the extra buttons or winding crowns. To correct reading you can turn the bezel. In most cases, these models can indicate the time in three time zones. Actually, some inexperienced people can consider this watch with world time function as a dive watch. Indeed, an ignorant man can easily be confused because they look very similar. But the watches with GTM-function have a number of obvious differences. Layout of bezel of these watches, in particular, are not minutes, but 24 hours, and it only turns in one direction, but not both, as in diving. Such international watches are easy to use and look manly because of the wide ring of bezel.

Rolex

If you are going to travel in order not to go diving, but to establish business contacts, ideal for this scenario is the watch with world time Rolex GMT Master II. This model has several varieties in cases with size 40x12, 15 mm, made of steel, white, yellow gold, or of their combination. Rolex GMT Master II is a watch with GMT-function, equipped with a mechanism based on the automatic caliber 3185. The model has a date aperture at position "3 o’clock".

Rolex GMT Master II watch
Rolex GMT Master II watch

Rolex GMT Master II watch
Rolex GMT Master II watch

The watch with world time indication Rolex GMT Master II has a fairly wide ceramic bezel with 24-hour markings. It rotates in both directions and has 24 fixed positions. To determinate time of second time zone precisely, the turning mechanism is equipped with a solid bezel spring. This allows it to move from one mode to the other with a distinctive click, almost not wearing over time. In addition, an international watch Rolex GMT Master II can specify the time and the third time zone. For this in its design, there is an additional central hand.

Rolex GMT Master II watch
Rolex GMT Master II watch

Rolex GMT Master II watch
Rolex GMT Master II watch

The model Rolex GMT Master II is not just a watch with GMT-function. This is a kind of indicator of prestige. This wristwatch is a functional, looks stylish and has an unsurpassed reliability. This also applies to the mechanism itself, which is capable of operating without the additional winding within 48 hours, and a comfortable strap with a buckle with a patented link Easylink, expanding as necessary to 5 mm. It is able to extend the bracelet just enough so it does not put pressure on the swollen wrist. To check the reliability of link Easylink, it was undergone to laboratory tests in which the clasp opened and closed thousands of times under the influence of extreme conditions. From this it can be concluded that the international watch Rolex GMT Master II is also very comfortable.

Breitling

Such a method of indicating the second and third time zone is typical for a model Breitling Superocean GMT. This international watch has a steel 41-millimeter case, protecting its automatic mechanism to a depth of 500 m. The dial of the model Breitling Superocean GMT is framed by a powerful bezel, made of molded rubber. It is equipped with 24-hour markings and is able to rotate in both directions. The watch Breitling Superocean GMT is equipped with an additional center hand for the time indication in the third international time zone.

Breitling Superocean GMT watch
Breitling Superocean GMT watch

Breitling Superocean GMT watch
Breitling Superocean GMT watch

This model is equipped with an automatic mechanism Breitling Caliber 32 with 21 rubies, which has received a certificate from the Swiss Institute of chronometer COSC. It is extremely accurate and reliable. In addition, this watch with GMT-function has extremely stylish look on the wrist. Instead of the classical steel bracelet, the model Breitling Superocean GMT can be worn with a strap made of rubber. It goes well with a textured dial VolcanoBlack. The international watch Breitling Superocean GMT will particularly be appreciated by those who prefer the style of "military" and loves active leisure activities.

Chopard

And those who prefer a more strong style, can choose the model Chopard LUC Pro One GMT, which is slightly larger than these kinds of watches of the brand Breitling - steel case has a size of 42x13, 74 mm. Its automatic movement with a power reserve of 65 hours has a date function and chronograph. The model with additional time zone indication Watch Chopard LUC Pro One GMT is water resistant up to a depth of 300 meters and has solid steel rotating bezel with 24-hour markings and center hand to count down for the third time zone. The stylish look of this model gives a combination of white metal, leather strap and dark guilloche dial.

Chopard L.U.C. Pro One GMT watch
Chopard L.U.C. Pro One GMT watch

Omega

Of course, in this part, a watch with GMT-function Omega Seamaster Professional should be noted. James Bond himself in the face of Preece Brosnan and Daniel Craig trusted its reliability. This international watch also has an independent central hand that makes a complete rotation every day, and a rotating bezel with 24-hour markings in the stylish blue color. Omega Seamaster Professional model differs from similar models with a special correction system of indications. GMT function in this watch is regulated by two side buttons. When you click on them the central hand jumps to 15 degrees, so it is offset up or down on a 24-part of dial. The watch with world time function Omega Seamaster Professional looks elegant on the wrist. It has a miniature steel case in diameter of 28 mm and a blue dial decorated with "guilloche". If you need importance of this brand name, you can safely rely on the good name of the Omega Seamaster Professional.

Omega Seamaster Professional watch
Omega Seamaster Professional watch

Azimuth

An international watch Azimuth Sea-Hum 3TZ (3Time Zone) from the collection Xtreme-1 is also decorated in blue color. Its 45-mm steel case has a sleek design. However it doesn’t look boring due to the dark blue rubber strap. A rotating bezel with markings for 24 hours has made in the same color and it allows determine time the second time zone. The watch with GMT-function Azimuth Sea-Hum 3TZ (3Time Zone) has additional central hand to count readings in the third zone. It is extremely convenient that this model has a second scale for 24 hours. It is located on the perimeter of the dial. The international watch Azimuth Sea-Hum 3TZ (3Time Zone) can indicate the date by the aperture, which is located between the marks "4" and "5 o’clock." This position is also very convenient, as it does not block indexes, which facilitates reading. Another advantage of the model Azimuth Sea-Hum 3TZ (3Time Zone) - an impressive figure of water resistance – is up to 500 meters. This watch with world time function can be called a prime example of how amazing the functionality can be combined with a fairly concise design.

Azimuth Sea-Hum 3TZ (3Time Zone) watch
Azimuth Sea-Hum 3TZ (3Time Zone) watch

The only disadvantage of models with similar structure can be considered the need to carefully delve into the concept of bezel construction. But this daunting task can be solved by detailed instructions, which present in all watches with GMT-function of the prestigious manufactures. If it is impossible to understand all niceties of operation of this system, so residents of different watch blogging can help in this difficult task. Among the users can always be found someone with the same model as a traveler with instructions, which is also hard to understand.

Follow the hand in the second time zone

But the easiest way to determine the time of the second time zone is safe to call additional central hand. That's really – there is no need to calculate and adjust anything. It just needs to put the hand in the right position, and on the dial are clearly visible indications for two time zones at once.

Graham

For fans of sporty accessories the company Graham has created the original model Chronofighter Oversize GMT Blue & Red. This watch with world time function has a relatively large steel case with 47 mm in diameter. Its decoration is a static welt with 24-hour markings painted in two colors. As the name of the model says, it is blue and red. Chronograph Graham Chronofighter Oversize GMT Blue & Red watch has a typical for time meters of this brand a lever Incabloc, protected the crown from external influences that could bring down the reading. This international watch is equipped with automatic caliber G1733. To make the reading of indications comfortable on the black dial have been placed silver marks and hands covered with a luminous composition Super-LumiNova. Thanks to this covering the model with GMT-function Graham Chronofighter Oversize GMT Blue & Red allows the owner to determine the time in two time zones, even in conditions of poor visibility.

Graham Chronofighter Oversize GMT Blue & Red watch
Graham Chronofighter Oversize GMT Blue & Red watch

Panerai

Some manufacturers prefer to make an additional 24-hour scale on the rand of case. For example, the brand offers a reliable model Panerai Special Edition Luminor GMT Regatta, done in a concise style. This international watch is a real rarity, as it was released in limited edition of only 300 pieces. The model Panerai Special Edition Luminor GMT Regatta was dedicated World Sports Academy named Laureus, which every year awards the prize World Sports Awards for achievements in sports. This award is so prestigious that it often called as much as sports "Oscar."

Panerai Special Edition Luminor GMT Regatta (Ref. PAM00156)
Panerai Special Edition Luminor GMT Regatta (Ref. PAM00156)

The international watch Panerai Special Edition Luminor GMT Regatta has an automatic caliber with power reserve of 42 hours. Steel case of this model with a diameter of 44 mm and with sapphire glass with a two-sided anti-reflective coating, protects the mechanism from water at a depth of no more than 300 meters. On the round dial of this model, enhanced by a separate counter for the miniature second hand, over the standard layout is placed an additional scale to 24 hours. With its help an additional central hand of Panerai Special Edition Luminor GMT Regatta Regatta keeps time in the second time zone. All indexes and ends of hands are covered with phosphor, which makes use of the model Panerai Special Edition Luminor GMT Regatta comfortable even in poor visibility. In additional to other functions this watch with world time function indicates date.
By the way, if you don’t manage to buy one of the three hundred pieces of Panerai Special Edition Luminor GMT Regatta, so do not despair. This Italian brand can offer travelers another watch with GMT-function. For example, the model Panerai Radiomir GMT/Alarm with 42-mm steel case with transparent case back and power reserve of 47 hours. This watch with world time has 12-hour markings on the perimeter of the dial and an additional central hand to display the time in a second time zone.
Hour markers and the ends of the hands as in the previous models are coated with phosphor.

Panerai Radiomir GMT/Alarm (Ref. PAM00098)
Panerai Radiomir GMT/Alarm (Ref. PAM00098)

Panerai Radiomir GMT/Alarm (Ref. PAM00238)
Panerai Radiomir GMT/Alarm (Ref. PAM00238)

The international watch Panerai Radiomir GMT/Alarm on the right side of the case has two crowns. The one, that is located at opposite of 2 o’clock, is responsible for reading of the hands. With the crown at 4 o'clock position you can set the alarm. This useful feature makes the model Panerai Radiomir GMT/Alarm is essential when traveling. Such a watch with GNT-function does not allow the owner to get lost in time zones or oversleep an important meeting.

Jaeger-LeCoultre

An international watch Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT will make a lasting impression on fans of especially luxury cars. The company Jaeger-LeCoultre designs this model for a British company Aston Martin. When you look at this model, the first thing that catches an eye is a chic tourbillon, placed at the bottom of the skeletonized dial. Its carriage is made of aluminum and titanium, has a weight of only 0.28 grams. Continuing the car analogy, the masters of Jaeger-LeCoultre have made the appearance of tourbillon like a car radiator. In order to fully open that luxury to eyes, the international watch Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT is equipped with "jumping" hand to display the date. In the lower part of the dial a scale with time index is interrupted, and the hand jumps from the mark of "5 o’clock" immediately to "7 o’clock", so as not to obstruct the tourbillion. The hand, serving for timing the second time zone, for the same reason, is skeletonized. The scale of 24-hour is located on the perimeter of dial. In addition, the design includes an indicator of time of the day, made of black aluminum.

Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT watch
Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT watch

This watch with world time function Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT has a rather large case, with a diameter of 44 mm. It is made of a stylish combination of black ceramic with gold. Watch is equipped with manufactory caliber JLC 988 with automatic winding function, which is able to function without interruption for 8 days. This international watch is complemented with porous black leather strap with white stitching.

Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT watch caseback
Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX3 Tourbillon GMT watch caseback

As it can be seen from these examples, the international watches with the indicator in the form of additional central hand - it is usually sports models. They are extremely comfortable, so they do not require complex calculations or tweaks to determine the time in the second zone.

One dial is good, but two is better

For those who not wish to study fundamentally complicated instructions and perform calculations, there is a very simple way to display – the second dial. From a technical point of view, this design is much more complicated than previous variants. However, for the owner of such an international watch it is a real treasure. One look at the dial and the owner can quickly and accurately see the indications in needed time zones. But do not think that the watchmakers, faced with such a task, were disappointed. For most of them, the opportunity to create such a watch with GMT-function is another reason to demonstrate their skills. Moreover, the masters try, invent, in their own way. The result is very different in design international watches.

A.Lange & Sohne

One of the most elegant models, equipped with second dial, is A.Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone. This international watch in elegant round case with 41.9 mm in diameter, made of platinum, yellow or pink gold. The name of this model can be read in two ways. Naturally, it would be logical to call it the "24 Time Zones» by the number of time zones. Number one in the title, in this case reminds us that this international watch are based on the flagship model of the A.Lange & Sohne Lange called Lange 1.

A.Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone watches
A.Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone watches

Its heart is the mechanism Calibre L031.1 with manual winding and a power reserve of 72 hours. In the left part of the dial is a large counter for 12 hours to display the local time. This international watch indicates the date that is displayed in a special window. On the right is a 12-hour counter for the time in the second time zone. Unlike models with extra hand or a rotating bezel, a full second mechanism is responsible for it, but not a separate module. He controls not only the work of the hands, but is responsible for a tiny counter, indicating the time of day. By the way, the dial of model is equipped with the same.

A.Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone watch
A.Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone watch

A.Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone watch caseback
A.Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone watch caseback

Further, the second mechanism controls the system of time zones displaying. It is a rotating ring located around the perimeter of the total dial in model A.Lange & Sohne Lange 1 Time Zone, which is set in motion by pressing the buttons on the left side of the case, located at the position of "8 o’clock." To adjust the reading on the sub-dial can be by pressing it repeatedly, or hold the button to adjust the hands with the crown.

manufacturing mechanism Lange L031.1
manufacturing mechanism Lange L031.1

Cuervo y Sobrinos

However, all brilliant, as it known, is simple. This principle seems guided the masters of Cuervo y Sobrinos, developing their watch with GMT-function. The model Cuervo y Sobrinos Prominente tobacco represents two independent mechanisms, enclosed in a rectangular case with sizes of 30.5 x 52 mm. Different variants of this model is made of white, pink or yellow gold.

Cuervo y Sobrinos Prominente Dualtime watch
Cuervo y Sobrinos Prominente Dualtime watch

Cuervo y Sobrinos Prominente Dualtime watch
Cuervo y Sobrinos Prominente Dualtime watch

Cuervo y Sobrinos Prominente Dualtime watch
Cuervo y Sobrinos Prominente Dualtime watch

On the dial are located one above the other two independent counters, indicating the hours and minutes in different time zones. Each of them is equipped with its own self-winding mechanism on the base caliber ETA 2000.1. This international watch is extremely easy to use. There is no need to press and turn anything - on the right side there are two crowns, with which can be adjusted the reading of each dial separately. According to the tradition of Cuervo y Sobrinos, this stylish international watch is sold in humidor, so this model can be a very good and original gift.

Raymond Weil

We can see the same design in the model Don Giovanni Cosi Grande Two Time Zones by the brand Raymond Weil. You might think that this international watch has very simple design, but do not rush to be deceived.

Raymond Weil Don Giovanni Cosi Grande Two Time Zones watches
Raymond Weil Don Giovanni Cosi Grande Two Time Zones watches

Steel case of this model has the size of 50x37 mm. Under the sapphire crystal has two dials. Bottom, equipped with second hand, is used to determine the time in the main zone. At this time the top, divided by 24 hours, just indicates the time of the second time zone. The main highlight of the model Don Giovanni Cosi Grande Two Time Zones is a unique mechanism that is created exclusively for the company Raymond Weil. It has a power reserve of 40 hours and counter of date.

Jaeger-LeCoultre

But the most unusual watch with GMT-function, which has the second dial, has been created by the master of manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre. Reverso Duoface model has a "two-faced" case can be turned. On one side is located a classic for the Reverso series dial white. At 6 o'clock position is an additional second hand. On the back side of the case Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duoface is placed a dark gray dial with hour and minute hands. At the position of 6 o'clock is imposed a 24-hour counter to count down the time to the second zone. In other words, on the one dial is local time, and on the other the owner can adjust for second time zone. Crossing the border zone, turn the case and get the second watch.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duoface watches
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duoface watches

In all seeming simplicity of the design of the model Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Duoface, it is extremely difficult. It is equipped with two pairs of hands that actually rotate in opposite directions, independently of each other, but is controlled with a single mechanism. The main feature of this clever mechanism JLC caliber 854 is the presence of a special module that allows simply disconnect all the other hands from the mechanism during the correction.

IceLink

An international watch from California IceLink 6 Timezone Mechanical is also featured with several dials. This elegant model has six dials. These small dials-cells are located on a rectangular case with sides of 62.7 and 40.2 mm. Different versions of the model IceLink 6 Timezone Mechanical have case made of white or rose gold, and some particularly dapper international watches of this brand have also brilliant welt. Case is slightly curved to make it easier to go on the wrist. The case back has two windows through which one can see the mechanism. Watch with GMT-function IceLink 6 Timezone Mechanical is equipped with an automatic movement of a non-standard rectangular shape. It simultaneously runs six independent dials with special conical gears. In the center of lateral sides are placed crowns, which apply to the entire mechanism as a whole. In addition, there are four more, with which you can adjust the readings on separate dials. By the way, a watch with GMT-function IceLink 6 Timezone Mechanical is only for five time zones. One dial indicates local time, on the second display is seconds, and the other four, equipped with indicators of time of day, can be adjusted to a specific time zone. These crowns are working offline.

watch with GMT-function IceLink 6 Timezone Mechanical
watch with GMT-function IceLink 6 Timezone Mechanical

watch with GMT-function IceLink 6 Timezone Snow
watch with GMT-function IceLink 6 Timezone Snow

By the way, watch with GMT-function IceLink 6 Timezone Mechanical calculated only five time zones. One dial counts time, on the second display is seconds, and the other four, equipped with indicators of time of day, can be adjusted to a specific time zone. So watch international IceLink 6 Timezone Mechanical is not just a luxury, solid accessory, but also a very useful tool.
For those who wants more luxury, has been developed a special line - IceLink 6 Timezone Snow. An addition to the name of the model «snow» the masters offer read as "diamond blizzard." This international watch also has a gold rectangular case, divided into six cells-dials. Five of them, as in the previous version, are adjusted to indicate time in different time zones. But in the sixth cell there is no any counter there, but brilliant scattering of small diamonds roll under the sapphire glass. In this case, the masters donated a small part of model’s functionality IceLink 6 Timezone Snow sake to its beauty.
Owner should only slightly shake hand, on which put on this watch with additional time zone indication and precious miniature blizzard rise on owner’s wrist.

Having considered these models, we can conclude that versions of these kinds of time meters can be different. However, one thing is certain – watches with GMT-function are very convenient, as the indications for both time zones are clearly visible even at a casual glance at the dial. For these models there is no tuning or complex algorithms of counting readings, and therefore use them very easily. But for masters such a watch with a function of international time – is a way to show the true elegance of the jewelry of their skills and special reason to be proud. The mechanisms of these models are incredibly complex in execution. That's why creating such a international watch the opportunity for masters to show off their skills.

Watchmakers are not looking for the easy way

Among watches, which are able to indicate the time in different zones, there are also very real masterpieces comparable to execute works of art. These watches, of course, a person is not going to carry on a business trip, because it is not easy to get them, as a rule they are released in limited editions. So let’s see what kinds of variations watchmakers offer, besides the standard scales and hands.

Ulysse Nardin

Truly one of the most unusual models is the creation of the famous watchmaker Ludwig Oyshlin. An international watch Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck has become a sort of continuation of the legendary collection "Trilogy of Time", which appeared almost two decades ago. This model indicates not only the time in different zones. Its main feature is reflection of the relationship between the Earth, Moon and Sun, as well as the effects of gravity and activity of satellite on ebb and flow.

Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck (Ref. 1069-113)
Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck (Ref. 1069-113)

Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck (Ref. 1062-113)
Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck (Ref. 1062-113)

The dial of the model Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck is divided into several rotating discs. In the center is placed a convex enamel image of the Earth. The self-winding mechanism UN-106 for up to 50 hours operation, rotates discs of dial, reflecting the movement of the moon around the planet, and visible movement of the sun across the sky. They make a full turn in a day. In this case, using a special scale this international watch Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck reflects the interaction of the Sun and Moon. The owner can track the current phase and the dynamics of ebbs and flows. This unique mechanism is creation of the company Ulysse Nardin, the latest advances of masters are used in it. For example, for the manufacture of an escapement and hairspring balance springs was used silicon. The watch with GMT-function Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck has not any additional devices to measure the time in the second zone. To learn precise results is possible by the simple press of a button located on the left side of the case. The hand itself will jump to the desired position.

watch with GMT-function Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck
watch with GMT-function Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck

The watch with additional time zone indication Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck was released in limited edition of only 500 pieces. Its case is fairly large - 47 mm in diameter. It is made of pink gold. Especially effective this precious metal looks, combined with a leather strap in dark blue. According to the plan of Oyshlin, this watch with the international time Ulysse Nardin Moonstruck can wear both men and women.

Greubel Forsey

The Swiss brand Greubel Forsey presented its unusual version of the watch with GMT-function. The model called the Greubel Forsey GMT co-ordinate World Time complication has extremely unusual way of indicating the time in another time zone. For this purpose is used a miniature globe built into the watch case at 8 o’clock position. The model of the Earth is made of titanium and painted in blue. To determine the time in different zones around the globe there is a 42-hour scale, divided into day and night sectors. In this case function of hand does the South Pole. While reading of indications are counterclockwise. Zones can be switched by pressing a button, which is located at the left side of the case. The second time is displayed on the back of the case of model Greubel Forsey GMT co-ordinate World Time complication.

Greubel Forsey GMT watch
Greubel Forsey GMT watch

Greubel Forsey GMT watch caseback
Greubel Forsey GMT watch caseback

Indications of local time can be found on a miniature counter, shifted at position "1 o’clock". Nearby there is the scale for the imposition of a second hand. The international watch Greubel Forsey GMT co-ordinate World Time complication is equipped with unusual semi-circular 72 hour power reserve indicator with retrograde hand. At 5 o'clock position is located complicated tourbillon, consisting of 87 parts.

Inclined at 25° 24-second tourbillon of Greubel Forsey GMT watch
Inclined at 25° 24-second tourbillon of Greubel Forsey GMT watch

This model is striking not only stunning, unique complications, but chic design. The international watch Greubel Forsey GMT co-ordinate World Time complication is made of 18-carat gold of noble white shade. All details in 43-millimeter case are made by hand. Watch with function of the international time Greubel Forsey GMT co-ordinate World Time complication has a complex mechanism of 436 parts. Masters use 50 rubies to create this mechanism.

Globe of Greubel Forsey GMT watch
Globe of Greubel Forsey GMT watch

By the way, experts of the manufacture Greubel Forsey are so sure of themselves that they would not limit the release of this model. So hypothetically to buy Greubel Forsey GMT co-ordinate World Time complication watch can any man that will not deter the cost of such a masterpiece.

Christophe Claret De LaCour

Creating a complex mechanism for the model Christophe Claret De LaCour Bitourbillon, masters took care of its convenience in the first place. To indicate the time in both zones, this international watch has two apertures with jumping hour. They are located on either side of the round moon-phase indicator. In the center of the dial of this model is placed long minute hand. Seconds can also count on the tourbillion movement at the bottom of the dial. They, by the way, rotate in different directions.

Christophe Claret DeLaCour Bitourbillon watch
Christophe Claret DeLaCour Bitourbillon watch

Watch with a function of international time Christophe Claret De LaCour Bitourbillon is equipped with movement DC 297 with 78 rubies. It can continue to work without additional winding for 100 hours. Mechanism is located in the barrel-shaped case, the size of which is 40x 33 mm, made of platinum or yellow gold. This international wrist watch fixed with black strap, which are hand-made from crocodile leather.

Christophe Claret DeLaCour Bitourbillon watch
Christophe Claret DeLaCour Bitourbillon watch

This model is extremely easy to use. One look at the dial would be enough to accurately determine the current time in two time zones. Here we are dealing here with simplicity, which is a direct consequence of a complicated mechanism. This paradox is distinguished the international watch Christophe Claret De LaCour Bitourbillon from analogies.

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As we can see from all of the above examples, watches with world time function are available in numerous variants. Today, each person can choose the model that best suits his taste and financial possibilities. Among other things, the international watch differ in the way the time display in the second zone, so in that respect, too, the choice depends on the aptitude of the individual. It turns out that the main thing in this whole story is to have an interesting and rich life, full of travel and new experiences, in which the watch with GMT-function can be useful.

Written by Olya

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