Vogard Datezoner and Datezoner Pilot

The VOGARD DATEZONER/ DATEZONER PILOT watches set a new benchmark for world timers by combining date, time zone and time keeping functions.

The date is set via the bezel and is synchronised with the time zones and the cities on the bezel. This unique mechanism is patented and ensures that the date changes automatically when the hour hand is moved over the midnight line via the bezel, both clockwise and counterclockwise. As a result, the watch always displays the right date in every time zone.

The date window positioned at 6 o’clock is extra large so that the date is very easy to read, with functionality being enhanced by a day/night disc positioned over the date window. Both the DATEZONER and DATEZONER PILOT are based on the patented Timezoner movement coupled with a superb quality chronograph mechanism.

DATEZONER

The DATEZONER is truly a man’s watch, a peak performer in any business situation or on any sports ground in the world where as the DATEZONER PILOT is truly a pilot’s watch featuring UTC time and all official IATA metropolitan codes on the bezel.

DATEZONER PILOT

The linking of the time zone with a disc to change date is a world first in the history of Swiss mechanical watch making. This ingenious solution became possible thanks to the development of a complex, angled synchronisation wheel which is activated by the Timezoner movement on one side and which meshes with one of the 31 knops on the bottom side of the date disc on the other side.

The calculation of the exact angle for the positioning of the synchronisation wheel on an inclined plane is a secret known only to VOGARD’S engineers who were supported by Andreas Strehler, one of the world’s very best premiere watchmakers. The manufacturing of the components for this revolutionary mechanism requires a production tolerance of only 100th of millimetre. Only when all parts meet that level of precision can the date change accurately in one-day steps, forward and backwards.

The DATEZONER’s ingenious method of time zone adjustment remains unaltered from that used on the original VOGARD models – in other words, just open the locking lever at the side of the case and rotate the engraved gold bezel so that the city relevant to the required time zone is at 12 o’clock. The lever is then closed and the watch is now securely set to local time. And VOGARD remains the only manufacturer to produce a time zone watch that accounts for daylight saving time and that offers bezels personalised with the cities of your choice.

In Datezoner Pilot watch, the bezel is engraved with UTC and all major metropolitan IATA codes. The outer circle is used for the period from March to October and the inner circle from November to February. Eventually, both circles will automatically account for changes of summer time (daylight savings time) in the northern hemisphere and in the southern hemisphere which changes to DST in the reversed way on.

Note that the VOGARD remains the only manufacturer to produce a time zone watch that accounts for daylight saving time and that offers bezels personalised with the cities or airport codes of your choice.

The superb dial design was inspired by the speedometer and revcounter layout that traditionally dominates a sports car dashboard, a classic arrangement that VOGARD has capitalised on by placing the elapsed time counters within this silhouette in the centre of the carbon fibre dial for logical and easy readability.

The DATEZONER offers improved functionality over standard chronographs thanks to the unique arrangement of its winding crown and push pieces. The crown is positioned at six o’clock, while the chrono stop/start pusher is found at four o’clock and the reset pusher at eight o’clock. This highly ergonomic design is enhanced by the fact that the DATEZONER has extra large pushers that are best described as ‘finger pedals’.

Based on the design of a sport’s car’s control pedals, the large size of the ‘finger pedals’ enables the functions to be easily activated while the watch is still on the wrist, even when wearing gloves – ideal, for example, for personal lap timing during performance driving situations. This is made possible by a special anti-block mechanism which means the chronograph will activate regardless of the angle from which the pusher is depressed.

The patented movement features a miniature high-tech clutch and acomplex gear train, which enables the wearer to reset the watch to the appropriate race track in an instant, with no loss of accuracy.

The DATEZONER PILOT is equipped with extra large skeletonised hands in order to read all instruments instantly. They are covered with Strontium-Aluminates to make the time readable as well in darkness or at any flight level. This material is known for its extra strong fluorescence.

Practicality is a key aspect in any cockpit. This is why the DATEZONER PILOT offers improved functionality over standard chronographs thanks to the unique arrangement of the counters, the winding crown and the push pieces. The elapsed time counters are placed like a dashboard. The crown is positioned at six o’clock, while the chrono stop/start pusher is found at four o’clock and the reset pusher at eight o’clock.

This highly ergonomic design is enhanced by the fact that the DATEZONER PILOT has extra large pushers that are best described as ‘finger pedals’. The functions can be easily activated while the watch is still on the wrist, even when wearing gloves. The patented movement features a miniature high-tech clutch and a complex gear train, which enables the wearer to reset the watch to the appropriate airport in an instant, with no loss of accuracy.

The key challenges faced by the designers of multi-complication watches are to make them comfortable to wear and of a practical size. The secret of the 48mm case lies in its proportions, the fine balance of each case component and the fact that the case is made entirely from lightweight, hypoallergenic, corrosion-resistant titanium carbide (TiC).

The DATEZONER’s straps in alligator or rubber are fully integrated with the case, which has cut-outs designed into the back to allow a perfect fit on the wrist. The strap is also strengthened with steel inserts to ensure that it will never fail even during the toughest motor sports events – and in true pit stop style it can be changed quickly and easily thanks to a special four screw fixing system.

Technical details

Model: DATEZONER/ DATEZONER PILOT

Special features
First chronograph to set date via the bezel
First chronograph to set time zones via the bezel
First chronograph to indicate daylight saving time (DST, summer time)
First chronograph to offer personalized bezels

Case
Material: Titanium Carbide (TiC)
Diameter: 48mm
Sapphire crystal: Anti-reflex, inside and outside curved
Water resistance: 50 m (115ft)

Bezel
DATEZONER: 18kt gold or black steel with 24 capitals and major cities
DATEZONER PILOT: In steel with IATA metropolitan airport codes

Movement
Automatic movement
Calibre Datezoner® 01
Diameter: 38mm
Vibrations: 28’800 per hour
Avg. tolerance: Max +10 sec per day
Power reserve: Min 1.5 days
Stop time: Max 12 hours

Strap
Alligator or rubber with a special steel inlay

Retail prices
Ref. DZ 6131 Datezoner USD 15’000 (ca 12’000 Euro)
Ref. DZ 6931 Datezoner Titanium carbide-18kt Gold USD 18’000 (ca 14’500 Euro)
Ref. DZP 6131 Datezoner Pilot: USD 16’500 / CHF 15’000
Ref. DZP 6332 Datezoner Pilot: USD 16’500 / CHF 15’000

Variations
Datezoner
– Ref.Nr. DZ 60: Titanium case with steel bezel
– Ref.Nr. DZ 61: Titanium case with black steel bezel
– Ref.Nr. DZ 62: Titanium carbide case with black steel bezel
– Ref.Nr. DZ 69: Titanium carbide case with 18kt gold bezel

Datezoner Pilot
– Ref.Nr. DZP 61: Titanium case with black steel bezel
– Ref.Nr. DZP 63: Titanium case with brown steel bezel

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