Jaquet Droz, the 18th-century Swiss watchmaker after whom the brand is named, was a globetrotter in his day, heading as far as China to ply his mechanical creations. Today, the Jaquet Droz brand continues to celebrate globetrotters everywhere with its latest Grande Seconde Dual Time. Set against a black onyx dial, the larger subdial displays the home time on its innermost ring. At the heart of this subdial, a world map provides visual interest in this automatic timepiece, which is housed in a 43mm steel case.
KEEPING IT SIMPLE
Channel the golden age of flying with the elegant Villeret GMT Date by Blancpain. The 40mm red gold timepiece has all the signature Villeret features we love – stepped bezel, open-worked leaf-shaped hands, applied Roman numerals. To these, it adds a dose of globetrotting functionality with a 24-hour second time zone indicator – comprising an inner ring of Arabic numerals, indicated by a red-tipped hand.
TIME TO FLY
While IWC’s Timezoner multi-city ring looks like a world-time feature, it does not show different time zones simultaneously the way a world-timer does. Instead, turning the bezel of the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Spitfire lets you set the time (indicated by the hands and the 24-hour numeral display at the top of the dial) to that of a desired time zone. For example, when London is at the 12 o’clock position, the watch shows the time in that zone. The 46mm steel watch is powered by a new automatic movement.
IN THE NOW
A nifty standout in the new Heritage collection by Montblanc, the Heritage GMT is a versatile 40mm steel timepiece powered by an automatic movement. Inspired by mid-century timepieces by Minerva – the high-end movement manufacture owned by Montblanc – the dual-time watch features charming touches like applied dot indexes and Arabic numerals, as well as a domed dial and a domed sapphire crystal.
Part of the refreshed Polaris collection launched by Jaeger-LeCoultre last year, the Polaris Chronograph WT is the largest of the new family at 44mm – and not without reason, as it’s the most technical of them all with integrated chronograph and world-time functions. The automatic titanium timepiece shows the time around the world simultaneously with its city ring, which displays 24 cities (and the time zones they represent).
One of four matte-green dial Radiomir models recently unveiled by Panerai, the Radiomir GMT Power Reserve is for the traveller who likes everything to be as clear as possible – whether it’s the time display, or knowing how much power is left on the automatic timepiece’s three-day power reserve. On this 45mm steel model, home time is shown via the secondary arrow hand, and the AM/PM indicator (which also houses the small seconds) is at nine o’clock.
Its dial might be kind of busy, but the Breitling Aviator 8 B35 Automatic Unitime is perfect for those who like their world-time indications to be as clear as possible (check out the little arrows that help to align the various city names with the numerals on the 24-hour ring). The world’s primary 24 time zones are indicated via the cities shown, similar to most standard world-time watches. This 43mm steel travel companion is powered by an automatic movement with a 70-hour power reserve.