New Year's Time
Datelines made simple with the right watch
When crossing a time zone, the International Date Line or simply into
the next year, many people feel lost without the precise time. Here are
several watches made to ease that concern. GMT, or Greenwich Mean Time,
is the focus for many timepiece designers and has inspired many new models
this past year.
by Michael Thompson
|Omega's automatic Seamaster GMT shows a second time zone with a red-arrow
hour hand and a third time zone via the bidirectional turning bezel. The
COSC (officially certified) chronometer also features a Seamaster 50th anniversary
engraved case back, 44-hour power reserve and 990 feet of water resistance.
Retail, $1,895 with rubber strap (shown), $1,995 with steel bracelet.|
Omega, Weehawken, NJ; (800) 766-6342.
|Sjöö Sandström created the first modern Swedish watch line
in 1993 and now offers a full line of fine, primarily automatic or manual
timepieces. The Chronolink Worldtimer UTC (universal time coordinated, the
time standard used in international aviation) is a mechanical timepiece
that lifts open to reveal a digital multifunction display with times in
25 cities. The digital calendar is programmed to 2099. Other digital options
are available. Made in steel or platinum. Steel model is $2,800 retail with
leather bracelet, $3,000 with steel bracelet.|
Sjöö Sandström, Norsborg, Sweden, (46) 8531-73270, www.sjoosandstrom.se. Or contact Scan
Craft Inc., Southlake, TX; (817) 251-2289.
|Oris Worldtimer with steel bracelet features central time display and second
time display at 3 o'clock position. The hour hand moves forward or backward
with the push of a button and changes the date automatically as needed,
indicating night or day in the correct time zone. Suggested retail, $1,950.|
Oris USA Inc., Hawthorne, NY; (914) 347-ORIS, www.oris-watch.com.
|The automatic Traveller II from Girard-Perregaux features an alarm, arrow
hour hand for a second time, sapphire crystal and 99 feet of water resistance.
Made in solid 18k yellow, pink or white gold or in stainless steel. Retail
as shown, $4,500.|
Girard-Perregaux, Swiss Primetime Inc., Rutherford, NJ; (877) Time4GP.
|Pilot's automatic watch with 24-hour display showing UTC (universal time
coordinated) or any other basic time. The hour hand can be moved to show
time in any other time zone. It features a 42-hour power reserve and stainless
steel case. Suggested retail, $3,695 for the strap version, $4,695 for the
International Watch Co., Winchester, VA; (800) 432-9330, www.iwc.ch.
|Panerai began to make watches for the Italian Navy in 1864. Now it introduces
this steel 44mm Luminor GMT COSC (officially certified) chronometer with
second central hand for other time zones, patented crown protector, leather
and black rubber straps and water resistance to 990 feet. Suggested retail,
Officine Panerai, Vendome Luxury Group, New York, NY; (877) PANERAI or (203)
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