Cornwall LivingIssue #88
All the time in the world
When time is of the essence, Patek Philippe’s World Time watches are at the very pinnacle of class and functionality.
World Time watches are more important than ever in our globally networked lives. We fly around the world, have online conversations with people on the other side of it, pursue international trade relations and share ideas on a global scale. So it’s good to know the time in the places to which we are travelling, or those where the people we’re communicating with live. Patek Philippe World Time watches fulfil this function in an exemplary way: they show all 24 world time zones at a glance.
The local time is most prominently displayed, in the classic manner with the hour and minute hands. For the other 23, the times are directly readable on the 24-hour ring that rotates counter clockwise within the city disk. The minutes indicated by the minute hand are the same for all time zones.
“Patek Philippe World Time watches fulfil this function in an exemplary way: they show all 24 world time zones at a glance.”
Patek Philippe owes this ingenious functionality to an invention in the 1930s by Genevan watchmaker Louis Cottier. The mechanism was later refined and patented by Patek Philippe. Changing to a different time zone is made easy with a World Time watch – literally at a few clicks of a button – and the time in all 24 zones is always displayed with the precision specified by the directives of the Patek Philippe seal.
An excellent example is the Men’s World Time Reference 5230G. This famed World Time watch is highly coveted among frequent flyers and collectors, and has been carefully realised with a white-gold case, a pierced hour hand that reflects the exclusive Patek Philippe style, as well as a manually engraved dial centre with a motif inspired by a historic model in the Patek Philippe Museum’s collection.
In 1997, this world-renowned brand enriched its portfolio of useful complications by launching a new movement with two time zones – the Calatrava Travel Time. This ingenious system allows the local hour hand to be moved backwards or forwards, an hour at a time.
The feminine interpretation of the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time, the Reference 7234R, combines a rose gold case with a brown dial and subtle black gradation toward the periphery. Along with its dashing aeronautical style and second time zone display, this stunning piece is also the first self-winding Travel Time model in Patek Philippe’s collection for women.
To learn more about these fabulous collections and watches, be sure to visit Patek Philippe’s authorised retailer, Michael Spiers.
"Patek Philippe World Time watches fulfil this function in an exemplary way: they show all 24 world time zones at a glance."