17 February 2017
A watch for inveterate travelers: Vacheron Constantin’s Overseas World Time allows you to tell the time at 37 places around the globe at a glance. The self-winding mechanical movement, designed and made in-house by the centuries-old Geneva-based manufacture, is in fact able to display not just the 24 “main” time zones, but also those that differ by half or quarter of an hour from UTC, as well as a day/night indication. The dial is unusual, as it has three levels: the lowest one has a map of the northern hemisphere at the center, in which the continents have a sunburst satin-brushed finish and the oceans a velvet effect, alongside the disk with the names of cities; the middle one of sapphire glass has a 24-hour scale and distinguishes between am and pm; finally, the outer ring has a minute track, with an opaline finish. The steel case, water resistant up to 15 ATM, has generous but not excessive dimensions (it measures 43.5 mm in diameter). And it is attached to the wrist by an elegant alligator leather strap that can easily be replaced—thanks to an exclusive system of interchangeability—by another more sporty rubber one or by a stainless-steel bracelet with half Maltese cross-shaped links. Available in silver, blue or chocolate brown versions, each piece bears the prestigious Geneva Seal.