All the time in the world
A watch that can show the time in 24 time zones has its uses no doubt, but it’s also one of the great and most collectible watch complications
Usefulness in a wristwatch is a largely subjective matter. A deep-sea diver, a pilot and a head of state are all going to have different interpretations of what defines usefulness in a watch.
No matter, a watch that can display the hour in 24 of the world’s major cities at the same time certainly qualifies, particularly if you’re a business traveller, have family in far-flung corners of the world or like to keep an eye on the opening and closing times of global markets.
World time watches are a rare and spectacular breed, the type to turn the head of serious watch collectors. The first was made by Patek Philippe in the 1930s. The great Geneva brand worked with Louis Cottier, one of the 20th century’s greatest watchmakers, on the development of a world time movement. His solution was to have a city ring and an hour ring running around the outside of the dial. By setting the time and aligning those to wherever you are in the world, you can then read the time off the dial anywhere from Hong Kong to Honolulu – at the same time.
Here are some of the finest world timers available through Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.