GPHG 2017: Competing GMT and Dual Time Zone Watches
While most high-end luxury watches are statement accessories used to underline the wearer’s status and identity, let’s not forget that they are also as mechanically complicated as they are beautiful. Moreover, many of them are equipped with an array of features you can actually use in daily life. This is especially true for GMT and dual time zone watches produced by the leading watchmakers. Some of best timepieces with such a complication are now competing for the prestigious GPHG prize in the Travel Time category. The list of finalists includes the following six GMT and dual time zone watches:
1. Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hemispheres Retrograde Ref. PFC493-1002400-HA1442
With its classic and elegant aesthetics, the Toric Hemispheres Retrograde is the ultimate traveler’s luxury watch enclosed in an 18k rose gold case. Moreover, it is the first in the Parmigiani Fleurier’s iconic Toric collection to be equipped with a dual time zone complication controlled by an innovative self-winding caliber that allows any two locations to be paired.
2. Manufacture Royale ADN Jumping Disk Ref. ADN46.01.P01.A
Inspired by the first Androgyne model introduced by Manufacture Royale a few years ago, the ADN Jumping Disk is a new expression of the company’s vision of fine watchmaking. Equipped with a spectacular skeleton movement regulated by a flying tourbillon, this eye-catching stainless steel watch allows the user to read time in two time-zones simultaneously, with the local time displayed by a jumping-hour system.
3. Louis Vuitton Escale Time Zone Blue Ref. Q5D220
The Louis Vuitton Escale Time Zone Blue is not just a statement piece of modern dual time zone watches. It is a sophisticated stainless steel watch that allows viewing the time in 24 different time zones in an original and playful manner. While the local time is displayed with traditional hour and minute hands, the world time can be read due to the 24-hour disc adjustable by the crown.
4. Hublot Big Bang Unico GMT Ref. 471.QX.7127.RX
Enclosed in a durable carbon fiber case, the Big Bang Unico GMT is both stylish and technologically advanced. The fact is that it is powered by a new Hublot in-house automatic movement with a proprietary module that allows the second time zone to be updated instantly at a single push of a button.
5. Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture Ref. FC-718BRWM4H4
Designed with globetrotters in mind, the Frederique Constant Classic Worldtimer Manufacture is an elegant rose gold-plated stainless steel watch that gives the wearer a possibility to easily track the world time. This model is powered by a precise self-winding caliber with the advanced Worldtimer function controlled by the crown.
6. Czapek Geneve Tourbillon Suspendu “Ici et Ailleurs” Platinum
One more example of the best dual time zone watches competing for the 2017 GPHG prize is the Czapek Geneve Tourbillon Suspendu “Ici et Ailleurs” in platinum. Featuring a one-minute suspended tourbillon, a power reserve indicator, a day/night disk, and a sophisticated second time zone complication, it has all chances of winning.
The best luxury watch in the GPHG Travel Time category will be announced at the Prize-Giving ceremony in Geneva on November 8th.