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Top 10 World-Time Luxury Watches

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Top 10 World-Time Luxury Watches

For many of us which are traveling throughout the world have to frequently re-adjust our watches for a new time zone when arriving at our destination.

Moreover, for those of us with friends and business associates around the globe, often need to know the local time in multiple locations at once.

Of course that wearing a watch with a world-time function means that you can surf through the world’s time zones instantly.

Nevertheless, these watches, whether we refer to them as “multiple-time-zone,” “world-time,” or “unitime” watches, are easy to read and adjust, technically interesting, and great-looking.

In this list you will find only watches driven by mechanical movements with time-zone functions. These are either integrated or provided by a module, and all are great examples of traditional watchmaking.

This list is not a ranking list but only a personal list of these extraordinary timepieces.


Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime 


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Breitling introduced its first Unitimer model — a self-winding world-time watch, now a sought-after collectors’ item — in the 1950s.

At the 2012 Baselworld watch fair, the brand unveiled the updated version, the Transocean Chronograph Unitime.

Nevertheless a timepiece that expresses the brand’s classical, aviation-inspired theme with technical innovations and a striking, modern design.

The watch features Caliber B05, based on Breitling’s first in-house movement, automatic chronograph Caliber B01, introduced in 2009.

Additionally  to its chronograph functions, this movement (which has also subsequently been used in a Breitling for Bentley watch) outfitted very well with a patented mechanism that allows the wearer, when changing time zones, to adjust all the indications simply by turning the crown.


Read more about Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime in WatchTime Magazine

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Breguet Classique Hora Mundi 

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Bregue Classique Hora Mundi, in simple terms, is the first example of a mechanical timepiece with an instant-jump time zone display.

All of the displays jump between time zones with the push of a button.

Once you see it, the concept is so intuitive, you wonder why it has not been done before.

The Breguet Classique Hora Mundi is equipped with the 5717 self-winding mechanical movement.

Based on Caliber 777, 5717 possess a silicon escapement, in this case fitted with an additional module.

Furthermore, the dial displays hours, minutes and seconds via centrally-mounted hands.

The date, located at 12 o’clock, while the city or time zone indicator located at 6.

A large sun/moon or day/night display rests between 3 and 4 o’clock.

More about Breguet Classique Hora Mundi in WatcheTime Magazine

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 Breitling for Bentley B05 Unitime

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Breitling and Bentley formed a strategic partnership in 2003. When Angus Davies invited to drive a Bentley for a few days, chose to wear a Breitling for Bentley B05 Unitime as a suitable travel companion.

This world time chronograph imbued with a high quotient of Bentley design language, represents the culmination of the two prestigious companies working together.

Thus, during the early years of their relationship, the Breitling name could be seen adorning the successful Bentley race cars which attained podium glory at the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours race.

While Bentley no longer competes in the race event, the union between the two brands continues to endure.

Indeed, longevity is one of the unusual aspects of this brand partnership, as most liaisons between watch company and car brand typically last for significantly less time.


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Cartier Calibre de Cartier Multiple Time Zone Watch

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Technology has made the telling of time, in all its various aspects and guises, so mundane that wristwatches today only need to be as well made as a can of coke.

Of course, this can become a funny thought. Because time remains the most powerful luxury of all, it deserves a better class of instruments than mass-produced disposable trinkets.

Our instrument of the moment, the Calibre de Cartier Multiple Time Zone watch, sometimes referred to by its movement reference number, 9909 MC, presents certainly in a class by itself.

We first saw this watch as a prototype at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie 2011. There it was just one of a cavalcade of wonders from Cartier’s manufacture at La Chaux-de-Fonds.

It seems innocuous enough but being a humble multi-time zone watch its appearance alone gave us pause. 

More about Cartier Calibre de Cartier Multiple Time Zone Watch in Luxury Insider Magazine.

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Girard-Perregaux Traveller

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The collection’s original name (the initials stand for “Worldwide Time Control”) lives on in the other new model, the Traveller

Of course its 34-part case is available in steel, steel and titanium, or steel with a ceramic  bezel, and is water-resistant to 100 meters.

This watch also contains Caliber GP 03300 and comes equipped with small seconds, chronograph, date and feature that gives the model name – a world-time function. It presents also a day/night indication.

Girard-Perregaux designed this watch with an opaline. So the meridians of the globe can be seen without interfering with the reading of the time.

Along the periphery of the dial is a beveled ring displaying world cities and a 24-hour day-night disk.

Date feature is an aperture at 2 o’clock.

The chronograph sub-dials are at 9 o’clock (for the 30-minutes counter) and 6 o’clock (for the 12-hour counter)

The small-seconds sub-dial placed at 3 o’clock.

The block hour markers are enhanced with luminous material.

More about Girard-Perregaux Traveller in WatcheTime Magazine 

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IWC Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer

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The new Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer (Ref. 326201) uses a peripheral 24-hour ring to show local times across the world’s 24 time zones simultaneously.

Replacing the semicircular window display of its predecessor, the Pilot’s Watch UTC, showed the time in only one additional zone.

The ring, divided into black and white sections, make it easy to determine at a glance the world’s zones with daytime and night, and can be set easily by using the winding crown.

The names of 23 world cities representing the global time zones appear on a city ring that surrounds the 24-hour ring.

The other indications on the city ring, for “UTC,” or Greenwich Mean Time, and “Date Line” for the International Date Line, comes in signal red.

Local time is indicated on the main dial, along with the date, which is in a triple-date-display window that echoes the design of a cockpit altimeter.

Thanks to the date moving in sync, backwards and forwards, with the jumping hour hand, the weary traveler will find it a simple task to quickly reset the local time to his current location, even if he’s crossed the International Date Line.

The watch’s movement, Caliber 30750, continues to run during the changeover, and the second time zone setting on the 24-hour ring remains unaffected.

More about this watch IWC Pilots WORLDTIMER Automatic

More about IWC Pilot’s Watch Worldtimer in WatcheTime Magazine

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Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX5 World Chronograph Cermet

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In the first place, with the new AMVOX5 World Chronograph Cermet, Jaeger-LeCoultre becomes the first and only company to use reinforced cermet, a material developed for use in high-performance racecar engines, in the field of watchmaking.

As a matter of fact, Cermet is a high-tech material with an aluminum core and ceramic particles and covered with a 40-micron-thick protective ceramic coating, sought for its extraordinary lightness and shock-resistance.

The AMVOX5’s Cermet case is 44 mm in diameter and water-resistant to 50 meters.

Moreover, the watch is equipped with a central chronograph hand with two sub-dial counters on either side of its axis (minutes at 3 o’clock, hours at 9 o’clock).

Possess also an operating indicator at 6 o’clock with a date window at its base; and a world-time display with an inner bezel ring displaying world cities.

The dial combines black, anthracite, white and red for a distinctive Aston Martin look and contains Jaeger-LeCoultre Caliber 752, an automatic movement with a speedy frequency of 28,800 vph.

A limited edition of 500 pieces, the AMVOX5 World Chronograph Cermet is $22,200.

More about Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX5 World Chronograph Cermet in WatchTime Magazine

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Patek Philippe Ref. 5130p Worldtimer

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As most watch connoisseurs know, Patek Philippe’s World Time watches are legendary within this category of complicated timepieces.

One could even go so far as to say that these wristwatches have attained cult status, especially if one becomes familiar with the name Louis Cottier and its relevance in the origins of the world time complication.

Each of these World Time watches house a unique mechanism that displays the time. But not only for the owner’s present location.

It also displays in all other of our planet’s 24 primary time zones – thus the name, ‘World Time’.

Effectively, you will be able to tell the time in any of the 24 zones on-demand.

The Patek Philippe World Time Ref. 5130P presents an indication of 24 time zones, with hour and minute hands displaying the local time in the middle of the dial.

Surrounding the dial are two rings, one with the names of 24 cities that best represent the 24 time zones, and the other with a 24-hour scale featuring a darker part with a moon symbol for the nocturnal hours and a brighter one with a sun symbol for the daytime hours.

More about Patek Philippe Ref. 5130 Worldtimer in Luxury Insider 

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Zenith Pilot Doublematic 

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Zenith is best known these days for chronograph watches powered by the high-frequency El Primero chronograph movement, introduced in 1969.

However, one would have to go further back to discover that the brand also boasts a history of developing precision timekeeping instruments for aviation.

In fact, French pilot Louis Blériot was wearing a Zenith when he crossed the English Channel in his aircraft, the Blériot XI, in July 1909.

By 1939, the company’s Montre Aeronef Zenith Type 20 watch had become standard equipment on the dashboards of many French planes.

In fact timepieces such as these inspired Zenith’s Pilot collection, which has become a major pillar for the brand since its launch back in 2012.

Here’s a look back at one of the first, and still most distinctive, Zenith Pilot models, the Pilot Doublematic, which includes a world-time indicator and a mechanical alarm function.

The first disk, on the flange of the dial, bears the names of 24 world cities.

On the other disk, numbered from 1 to 24 comes divided into black and white zones to indicate whether it is day or night in the selected city.

The watch has a chronograph (powered, of course, by a Zenith El Primero movement) and derives its name from its most significant feature.

Its two separate barrels, one of which is devoted to the timekeeping functions and the other to the alarm function.

This means that the alarm has a separate reserve of power. The alarm is activated and set by a push-piece button and crown at 8 o’clock.

On the dial, a pierced ruthenium black-and-red hand shows the time set for the alarm. But an opening at 8:30 confirms that it is turned on.

The power-reserve indicator for the alarm is located at 7 o’clock.

More about Zenith Pilot Doublematic in WatchTime Magazine

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Montblanc TimeWalker World-Time Hemispheres, Northern Hemisphere

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Nevertheless, Top to Bottom, Montblanc has some of the most impressive novelties at SIHH in 2013.

Of course, two pieces stood out for their concept, design, and execution are the new TimeWalker World Time Hemispheres.

Thus, this pair of watches, part of Montblanc’s distinctively sporty and affordable TimeWalker collection. It is interesting because of the unique way in which each displays world time zones.

Instead of merely surrounding the dial with a rotating ring of cities, the Hemisphere watches, as their name suggests, have a rotating disc at the center of the dial. This disc has an image of the Earth as seen from above a Pole with the Earth’s time zones clearly demarcated.

More about Montblanc TimeWalker World-Time Hemispheres, Northern Hemisphere in HODINKEE Magazine

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