Are you the kind of traveller who refers to airports by their IATA codes? Only flying in from LAX to LHR and away again to PEK… Then you’re just the type of globetrotter who will completely appreciate the usefulness of a world time watch which allows you to consult the hour anywhere around the world at a glance whilst looking great on the wrist. And, if you have been following the watch scene these last few decades, you’ll have noticed that entire world time and GMT watches are turning up in every corner of this world, slowly eclipsing the reign of chronographs as the complication of selection.
A Mechanical Watches platinum version of this L.U.C Time Traveler One version by Chopard with an elegant petrol-blue dial (#27,610).
Chopard has hopped on board the travel watch trend and celebrates the 20th anniversary of its fabrication in Fleurier with the launch of 2 fine and handsome travel companions: the L.U.C Time Traveler One along with the L.U.C GMT One. Designed and manufactured from head to toe at Chopard’s Fleurier manufacture, the acronym L.U.C denotes the brand’s founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard and can be delegated to Chopard’s top-of-the-line watch collections. Proud of its new calibres, Chopard has endowed exhibition casebacks on the two versions to pay for a view of the new calibres and the finely finished bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève motifs.
Clearly a watch destined for first-class passengers, the L.U.C Time Traveler One is a classic world time watch (aka UTC or Coordinated Universal Time watch) that indicates the time from the world’s 24 time zones, represented by the name of a city. Although I was initially overwhelmed by the quantity of information about the dialup, a fast consultation of the manual clarified my doubts.
Chopard’s L.U.C Time Traveler One is a classic world time watch that indicates the time in the world’s 24 time zones in a glance (#10,040). The very first ring (nearest to the middle ), with the numbers 1 – 31, is a date counter, and a small arrow-tipped hand indicates the date. The next ring gives you the local time and can be read off by luminescent hands and corrected by the crown at two o’clock. The third ring, using a two-tone scale along with the numbers 1 – 24, is your 24-hour disc and is synchronised with the 24 major time zones represented by the towns on the outer ring. You’ll also have noticed a second crown to the situation situated at 4 o’clock, decorated using a world – this crown is used to pick the town you happen to be visiting.
Chopard has introduced three versions of this 42mm L.U.C Time Traveler One to suit different budgets, with versions in 18-carat rose golden, above, platinum and stainless steel. Although I love the elegant petrol-blue dial of this platinum model, the gold and the stainless steel versions are much easier to read because of the increased contrasts. Nonetheless, whichever candidate catches your eye, be certain that all 3 kinds are fuelled by Chopard’s recently developed automatic world time movement, with a good power reserve of 60 hours and COSC chronometry certification. A GMT (aka dual time or second time zone watch) shows you that the time in just two areas simultaneously. In the case of Chopard’s brand new 42mm watch – accessible stainless steel and also a luxury 18-carat rose gold version, below, unveiled at Salon QP at London last week – home time is represented on the outside 24-hour disk and indicated by an arrow-tipped hand.
A luxury 18-carat rose gold version of Chopard’s new LUC GMT One watch premiered at SalonQP at London a week (#15,060).
The idea of using a 24-hour GMT disc is to assist you to differentiate between daylight and night hours at home. Like its bigger brother, the case of this new GMT watch features two crowns. The crown located at 4 o’clock controls the arrow-tipped hand for the GMT function, while the crown at 2 o’clock would be to place the local time. The stainless steel and rose gold versions are outfitted with a brand new automatic movement manufactured entirely by Chopard’s Fleurier manufacture, using a 60-hour power reserve and COSC chronometer certification.