Frederique Constant Highlife Emerald Limited Editions: The Highlife Emerald Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture and the Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture

Frederique Constant has expanded its Highlife series by presenting two stunning and exclusive Highlife Emerald limited editions: the Highlife Emerald Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture (limited to 30 pieces) and the Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture (limited to 222 pieces).

Unveiled at the Dubai Watch Week 2021, these special edition watches feature emerald green dials. A tone dear to Frederique Constant, the green colour is associated with nature, representing the source of life.

In 1999, Frederique Constant introduced the very first Highlife watches. In 2020, the Maison revived the iconic design and reintroduced the collection with resolutely modern curves rooted in the 21st century, thus adding a new dimension to the definition of accessible luxury according to Frederique Constant. The new design translates into both taut and flexible lines, the modernity of a creation that denies nothing of its craftsmanship, balance or style.

One of the key hallmarks of Highlife stamped timepieces is an integrated and interchangeable strap, offering a seamless integration with the watch case. This innovative system makes it possible to change the strap at will and without the need for tools.

Frederique Constant Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture

Dedicated to frequent travelers, the Frederique Constant Highlife Worldtimer Manufacture watch boasts a globe engraved dial, combined to a contemporary 41 mm steel case.

Frederique Constant Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture

The highly contemporary design of the steel case and dial with globe engraving is an ode to travel. The FC-718 manufacture calibre is designed exactly for that. The self-winding mechanical movement has a power reserve of 38 hours. It is visible through the case back, water-resistant up to 50 metres. The movement incorporates typical Genevan finishes like perlage and circular Côtes de Genève.

Frederique Constant Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture

Highly user-friendly, its single crown can be used to set any function: hours, minutes, the date at 6 o’clock and the 24 cities disc that represents 24 time zones on Earth, itself engraved in the centre of the piece. There is no day / night indicator required; the inner disc has been engraved with 12 hours on the light area (cities where it is daytime) and 12 hours on the blue area (those where it is night-time).

Frederique Constant Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture

Green is the dominant colour of the Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture Limited Edition. It takes up the whole centre of the dial, as well as the date counter, for which Frederique Constant has used its unique sunray guilloché for improved legibility. This is skimmed by three central rhodium-plated hands, including luminescent hour and minute hands that are easy to read, even when travelling to the other side of the world at night.

Frederique Constant Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture

The Highlife Emerald Worldtimer Manufacture is delivered with an integrated and interchangeable steel bracelet, which can be switched to an extra black rubber strap on a split second, to complement the urban feel of the watch.

Frederique Constant Highlife Emerald Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture

Presented in a steel case, this bold timepiece incorporates two most prestigious horological mechanisms: Tourbillon and Perpetual Calendar.

Within the 41 mm case with the integrated strap characteristic of the Highlife collection, Frederique Constant has organised its complications into four segments.

Frederique Constant Highlife Emerald Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture

The brand has arranged both day and date displays horizontally, so as to be read in a natural and intuitive way in a fraction of a second. Brought together in a single counter at 12 o’clock are the month (large hand) and leap year indication (small hand). Adding the finishing touch to this perfectly mastered aesthetic composition, the tourbillon balances it out at 6 o’clock, counting down the seconds with its central hand.

Frederique Constant Highlife Emerald Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture

The Highlife Emerald Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture is dominated by the green colour. On both sides of the complications on display, Frederique Constant has opted for a face without a dial. This allows you to see the inner workings of the FC-975 Manufacture calibre, alongside the delicate blued screws, perlage and subtle Côtes de Genève.

It also improves the contrast between the rhodium-plated movement and the perpetual calendar display. To ensure it is easy to read, the Manufacture has also been careful to give them recessed counters on two levels, so as to better capture the light.

Frederique Constant Highlife Emerald Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture

The FC-975 caliber is designed, produced and assembled in very limited numbers at the Geneva-based manufacture. For greater precision (an essential characteristic of the tourbillon), Frederique Constant has equipped it with a silicone escapement – both the escape wheel and the lever.

Frederique Constant Highlife Emerald Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture

Limited to 30 timepieces, this exclusive model is mounted on a three-link polished and satin-brushed steel bracelet, and delivered alongside a second rubber strap.

Frederique Constant Highlife Emerald Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture

Technical details

Model: Highlife Tourbillon Perpetual Calendar Manufacture
Reference: FC-975GR4NH6B

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date, day, month, leap year

Movement
FC-975 caliber, automatic, tourbillon, perpetual calendar
Perlage, drafted marks and Côtes de Genève decorations
38-hour power reserve, 33 jewels, 28’800 alt/h
Silicon escapement wheel and anchor

Case
Brushed and polished stainless steel 3-part case
Diameter of 41 mm
Height of 12.65 mm
Front convex sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Dial
Skeleton dial
Green outer ring with white printed second markers
Hand-polished silvered color with white luminous treatment hour and minute hands
Green day counter at 9 o’clock with hand-polished silvered color hand
Green month and year counter at 12 o’clock with hand-polished silvered color hands
Green date counter at 3 o’clock with hand-polished silvered color hand
Open tourbillon’s cage at 6 o’clock with hand-polished silvered color second hand

Strap
Brushed and polished stainless steel 3-link bracelet
Including an additional dark green rubber strap

Edition
Limited to 30 pieces

Suggested retail price
22’995€

Model: Highlife Worldtimer Manufacture
Reference: FC-718GR4NH6B

Functions
Hours, minutes, seconds, date by hand, worldtimer

Movement
FC-718 Manufacture caliber, automatic with all functions adjustable by the crown
Perlage& circular Côtes de Genève decoration on the movement
26 jewels, 38-hour power reserve, 28’800 alt/h

Case
Brushed and polished stainless steel3-part case
Diameter of 41 mm
Height of 12.90 mm
Front convex sapphire crystal
See-through case back
Water-resistant up to 5 ATM

Dial
Green dial, globe decoration and silver color applied indexes with white luminous treatment
24H disc with day (white) & night (green) indication
City disc with 24 cities
Hand-polished silver color with white luminous treatment hour and minute hands
Hand-polished silver color second hand
Date counter at 6 o’clock with hand-polished silver color hand

Strap
Brushed and polished stainless steel 3-link bracelet
Including an additional dark green rubber strap

Edition
Limited to 222 pieces

Suggested retail price
3’795€

 

Greubel Forsey GMT Earth Titanium (Final Edition)

Greubel Forsey During Geneva Watch Days 2021, Greubel Forsey launched the third and final interpretation of its GMT Earth. Made of titanium, this intense black version is a limited edition of 11 pieces.

The GMT Earth by Greubel Forsey is an extraordinary wristwatch that, for the first time, makes it possible to appreciate the entirety of the world in a single glance.

This technical feat first appeared in 2011. At the time of the first “GMT”, the Earth was not yet fully revealed. Seven years later, the design of the Earth was finally complete: visible from all angles in its new sapphire alcove, it appears as though it is floating in space. On the front as well as the back, the laser-engraved Earth shows world times that are both quick and easy to read.

The first version of the GMT Earth was in white gold. The second was in platinum. Now, this timepiece is available with a new titanium case. The GMT Earth in titanium will be available in a limited edition of 11 pieces, three times less than the original version. Weighing just 117g, the weight of the strap has been reduced by two-thirds. The case has lost just over a third of its weight.

Greubel Forsey GMT Earth Titanium (Final Edition)

Titanium is used not only for the entire case, but also the bridges, the GMT push-piece, the crown and the folding buckle, the latter two being the components most exposed to shocks and scratches.

To accompany the light and matt tones of titanium, Greubel Forsey opted for a black finish on the dial. It is applied to the spotted bottom plate and to all the frosted bridges, with straight flanks, polished bevelling and countersinks. This finish is also featured on an all-black natural rubber strap, whose inner face is engraved with the cardinal values of the Greubel Forsey Atelier and which are visible on the bezel.

Greubel Forsey GMT Earth Titanium (Final Edition)

The GMT Earth displays four key pieces of information on its dial side. The first is the off-centre hours, minutes and seconds display. The first two feature large openworked hands finished with a Super-LumiNova tip, complemented by a small seconds hand on a sapphire disc at three o’clock.

On the left is the GMT indicator, whose red hand effortlessly stands out against a hand-engraved black gold disc filled with lacquer. The third, located opposite the crown, is the power reserve, designed following the same process: a black, engraved gold segment, filled with lacquer and covered by a silver-polished steel hand.

Finally between 7 o’clock and 9 o’clock, the Earth occupies the largest space, completing a full rotation in 24 hours. The engraved sapphire ring around the equator acts as a day / night indication and allows you to instantly see which hemisphere is in the daytime and which is at night.

Greubel Forsey GMT Earth Titanium (Final Edition)

Located on the side of the caseband, a final window opens to show the equator. Thanks to this, the Earth really can be seen from all angles.

Finally, on the caseback side, the worldtime display indicator completes the design. 24 time zones indicate the UTC of 24 major cities – with those that observe daylight savings on a white background.

The GMT Earth boasts Greubel Forsey’s third invention Tourbillon 24 Secondes, which uses a fast rotation speed and is set at an angle to resolve the positioning problem in relation to gravity and which is crucial for the operation of the oscillator. The 25° angle and the rapid rotation of the tourbillon cage significantly improve the chronometric performance of a system containing only one tourbillon, especially those in fixed positions.

Technical details

Model: GMT Earth

Edition
Limited edition of 11 pieces in titanium

Special features
GMT • 2nd time zone • rotating globe with universal time and day-and-night • complete and global view from northern to southern hemisphere • universal time on 24 time zones • summer and winter time • cities observing summer time • lateral window showing the equator • GMT pusher • Tourbillon 24 Secondes • hours and minutes • small seconds • power-reserve indicator

Movement

Hand-wound movement with 3 patents

Movement dimensions
• Diameter: 36.40mm
• Thickness: 11.55mm

Number of parts
• Movement: 453 parts
• Tourbillon cage: 86 parts
• Weight of the cage: 0.39g

Number of jewels
• 60
• Olived-domed jewels in gold chatons

Chronometric power reserve
• 72 hours

Barrels
• Two coaxial series-coupled fast-rotating barrels (1 turn in 3.2 hours), one of which is equipped with a slipping spring to avoid excess tension

Balance wheel
• Variable-inertia with gold mean-time screws (10mm diameter)

Frequency
• 21’600 vibrations/hour

Balance spring
• Phillips terminal curve
• Geneva-style stud

Main plate
• Nickel silver, frosted and spotted with polished bevelling and countersinks, straight-grained flanks, black treatment

Bridges
• Nickel silver, frosted with polished bevelling and countersinks, straight-grained flanks, black treatment
• Flat black polished steel tourbillon bridge, hand-polished bevelling and countersinks
• Flat black polished steel screws, blued by heat treatment

Tourbillon
• Inclined at a 25° angle, 24-seconds rotation
• Light alloy cage pillars
• Titanium cage bridges
• Gold counterweight

Gearing
• Involute circle profile
• Tangential inclined gear on fixed wheel and profiled teeth on escape wheel pinion

Displays

Hours and minutes
Small seconds
72-hours power reserve on a sector
2nd time zone GMT
24 time zones universal time
Rotating titanium globe with universal time
Complete view from North Pole to South Pole
Summer time
Day-and-night

Exterior

Case
In titanium, with titanium plates, engraved, hand-finished with text, screwed to the caseband
Lateral window with shaped synthetic sapphire crystal
Three-dimensional, variable geometry-shaped lugs
Three-dimensional synthetic sapphire crystal caseback, with integrated dome
Three-dimensional, asymmetrical, synthetic sapphire crystal bezel
Raised polished engraving “GMT Earth” and “Greubel Forsey” on a hand-punched background
Gold security screws
Titanium GMT pusher with raised engraving on a hand-punched background
Engraved individual number
Water-resistance: 3atm – 30m – 100ft (standard NIHS 92-20/SN ISO 22810:2010)

Case dimensions
Diameter: 45.50mm
Height: case 16.18mm
Height on synthetic sapphire dome: 18.00mm

Crown
In titanium, synthetic sapphire insert with GF logo

Dial Side
Multi-level hour-ring in synthetic sapphire, galvanic growth hour indexes, engraved and lacquered minutes and small seconds
Power-reserve and GMT indicators in gold, engraved and lacquered, circular-grained, black treatment
Rotating globe with day-and-night UTC indicator in synthetic sapphire, engraved and lacquered

Movement Side
Synthetic sapphire disc displaying city names surrounded by 2 gold rings (UTC and summer time) engraved and lacquered
Gold “summer time” plate with individual number, raised engraving
South Pole of the globe with UTC indicator, engraved and lacquered, hand matt lapped

Hands
Hours, minutes, small seconds and power-reserve in polished steel, hand-polished countersinks
2nd time zone GMT indicator, red triangle

Strap and clasp
Rubber or hand-sewn alligator
Titanium folding clasp, engraved with the GF logo

Patek Philippe Self-winding World Time Flyback Chronograph Reference 5930P-001

Patek Philippe presents a new World Time Flyback Chronograph model featuring a platinum case, green dial and a matching alligator strap.

Inspired by a one-of-a-kind model from 1940, Reference 5930 combines two functions: a self-winding flyback chronograph and World Time – an iconic complication in the history and collections of the Manufacture. This model was launched in 2016 in a white gold version with a blue dial and matching strap.

Patek Philippe Self-winding World Time Flyback Chronograph Reference 5930P-001

In the new platinum version, the names of the cities are printed in green on the corresponding disk. The green dial center highlights a circular hand-guilloched circular pattern. This color is picked up at 6 o’clock on the snailed 30-minute counter. The applied hour-markers and the faceted Dauphine-type hands in white gold are highlighted by a luminescent coating ensuring good legibility in all circumstances.

The entirely hand-polished platinum case is set with a diamond at 6 o’clock. It features the “wing-type” lugs typical of 1940s-1950s World Time watches.

Patek Philippe Self-winding World Time Flyback Chronograph Reference 5930P-001

As caliber CH 28-520 HU is equipped with a column wheel and the modern disk-type vertical clutch, the central chronograph hand can also be used as a permanent (running) seconds display – thus ensuring minimal wear and tear and without affecting the movement accuracy or power reserve. The 4 o’clock pusher enables instant restarting of a timing operation when the central hand is already performing an operation (“flyback” function) or is being used as a permanent (running) seconds display.

The World Time function simultaneously displays the time in 24 time zones. When changing time zones, an exclusive patented mechanism enables correction of all displays by pressing the 10 o’clock pusher, without affecting the accuracy of the movement.

The new Reference 5930P-001 is worn on a shiny bottle green alligator strap with a platinum fold-over clasp.

Technical details

Movement
Self-winding mechanical movement
Caliber CH 28‑520 HU
Diameter: 33 mm
Height: 7.97 mm
Parts: 343
Jewels: 38
Power-reserve: min. 50 hours – max. 55 hours
Winding rotor: 21K gold central rotor
Balance: Gyromax®
Frequency: 28,800 semi-oscillations/hour (4 Hz)
Balance spring: Spiromax®
Hallmark: Patek Philippe Seal

Functions
Flyback chronograph
Central chronograph hand and 30-minute counter
World Time
24-hour and day/night indication for the 24 time zones

Dial
Green, hand-guilloched, gold applied hour markers with luminescent coating

Case
Platinum
Sapphire-crystal case back
Water-resistant to 30m
Case diameter: 39.5 mm
Height: 12.86 mm

Strap
Alligator leather with square scales, hand-stitched, shiny bottle green
Fold-over clasp

BVLGARI OCTO ROMA WORLDTIMER

Unveiled at Geneva Watch Days 2021, the BVLGARI Octo Roma WorldTimer is designed for globetrotters: it enables instant reading of the time in 24 cities, i.e. in 24 time zones.

BVLGARI OCTO ROMA WORLDTIMER stainless steel watch with blue dial

This new world time automatic watch from the Octo Roma collection is driven by a new integrated movement comprising 261 components, developed and produced by the Manufacture in Le Sentier.

BVLGARI OCTO ROMA WORLDTIMER

The layout of the dial information features a central display of the hours, minutes and seconds combined with a double rotating disc on the outer edge: one for the 24 reference cities and another with a 24-hour graduated scale. Together, they enable simple and instant reading of the time.

BVLGARI OCTO ROMA WORLDTIMER black dlc

The functions are adjusted via the crown, first positioning the city of the chosen time zone at 12 o’clock, then setting the time until the hours and minutes hands indicate the exact time in the selected time zone – while taking care to ensure that the 24-hour indicator corresponds to the afore-mentioned chosen time zone. Once completed, these quick operations enable a reading of time in all time zones.

BVLGARI OCTO ROMA WORLDTIMER movement case back black dlc version

The elegantly understated BVLGARI watch with its instantly recognizable 41 mm case is available in satin-brushed and polished stainless steel, or in a black steel livery with sandblasted surfaces.

BVLGARI OCTO ROMA WORLDTIMER stainless steel watch case back view

Technical details

Model: Octo Roma WorldTimer Stainless Steel, reference 103481

BVLGARI OCTO ROMA WORLDTIMER Stainless Steel, reference 103481

Movement
BVL257 Mechanical self-winding movement with WorldTimer, hours, minutes and seconds, 24 time zones and 24-hour indicator; 42-hour power reserve, frequency: 28,800 Vph (4Hz); 26 jewels.
Diameter: 33.00 mm; thickness: 6.03 mm.

Case
Case in 904L stainless steel, 41 mm diameter with satin-brushed/polished finish, satin-brushed/polished bezel, 11.35mm thick, transparent back, screw-lock steel crown set with a ceramic decoration and serving to set the time as well as the cities indication; water-resistant to 100m.

Dial
Blue sunburst dial and indicators, applied brushed rhodium-plated hour-markers.

Bracelet
Satin-brushed/polished steel bracelet with triple-blade folding clasp.

Model: Octo Roma WorldTimer Steel DLC, reference 103486

BVLGARI OCTO ROMA WORLDTIMER Steel DLC, reference 103486

Movement
BVL257 Mechanical self-winding movement with WorldTimer, hours, minutes and seconds, 24 time zones and 24-hour indicator; 42-hour power reserve, frequency: 28,800 Vph (4Hz); 26 jewels.
Diameter: 33.00 mm; thickness: 6.03 mm.

Case
Case in 904L steel, 41mm diameter, black sandblasted DLC (Diamond Like Carbon) finish, 11.35mm thick, transparent caseback, screw-lock crown in DLC steel set with a ceramic decoration and serving to set the time as well as the cities indication, water-resistant to 100m.

Dial
Matt black sandblasted dial and indicators, hour-markers enhanced with Super-LumiNova® (SLN), hours and minutes hands with SLN.

Strap
Black textured rubber strap with DLC steel pin buckle.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time

After unveiling the new version of its iconic Overseas collection at the SIHH 2016 haute horlogerie exhibition, prestigious Swiss watch manufacture Vacheron Constantin launches the Overseas world time.

Three interpretations – with a blue, silver-toned or brown dial – created in a spirit of casual elegance and practical convenience are more than ever dedicated to travellers wishing to keep track of the time around the world at a single glance.

The dial of the Overseas world time displays no less than 37 time zones, including those that are off-set by a half-hour or quarter-hour in relation to UTC time. The display comprises three parts.

 Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time Stainless steel watch with blue dial

The centre features a “Lambert” projection map depicting the continents (enhanced by a sunburst satin-brushed finish) and the oceans (in a velvet finish), along with a translucent lacquered disc bearing the city names.

A third sapphire disc laid over the map provides day/night indications by means of subtly graded smoky tints, synchronised with the 24-hourdisc. Finally, a translucent lacquered velvet-finished outer ring serves to indicate the hours and minutes.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time Stainless steel watch with silver-toned dial

An ideal travel companion, the Overseas world time model features a 43.5 mm-diameter case housing Caliber 2460 WT. This self-winding movement patented, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin operates at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and enjoys a 40-hourpower reserve.

Its 22K gold oscillating weight bears a wind rose – a universal symbol indicating the cardinal points for travellers – adorned with sandblasted, polished and finely grained finishing. All the indications powered by this mechanism are smoothly and easily adjusted via the crown.

Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time Stainless steel watch with brown dial

The comfort and flexibility of this new model bearing the Hallmark of Geneva extend right the way through to its bracelet featuring an easy-fit system.

In addition, an ingenious interchangeable solution for these bracelets and their folding clasp means they can be switched and secured without any tools, while guaranteeing the same firm hold as on any traditional fixed bracelet.

Technical details

Model: Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time

References
7700V/110A-B129 – silver-toned dial
7700V/110A-B172 – blue dial
7700V/110A-B176 – brown dial
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Movement
Caliber 2460 WT
Mechanical self-winding
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
22K gold Overseas oscillating weight
36.6 mm (11’’’¼) diameter, 7.55 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
255 components
27 jewels

Indications
Hours and minutes
Central seconds
World time indication (37 cities)
Day-night indication

Case
Stainless steel
43.5 mm diameter, 12.6 mm thick
Soft iron casing ring ensuring anti-magnetic protection
Screwed-down crown
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 15 bar (approx. 150 metres)

Dial
3 superimposed dials:
• Map of the northern hemisphere with sunburst satin-finished continents & velvet-finished seas. Translucent silver toned/blue/brown lacquered disc with transferred city names
• Sapphire disc with transferred day/night and 24-hour indications (period between 6.30pm and 6.30am highlighted with a black background)
• Translucent silver-toned/blue/brown lacquered ring, opalin finished, transferred minute-track
18K gold hours and minutes hands highlighted with white luminescent material

Bracelet/Straps
Stainless steel bracelet, half Maltese cross-shaped polished and satin-brushed links
Delivered with a second black/blue/brown Mississippiensis alligator leather strap featuring a black nubuck lining with a micro-perforated effect, hand-stitched, large square scales
Delivered with a third strap in black/blue/brown rubber

Clasps
Stainless steel bracelet secured by a stainless steel triple blade folding clasp with push pieces and comfort adjustment system
Delivered with a second stainless steel triple blade folding clasp with push pieces and interchangeable system (patent pending) compatible with both additional straps

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time

Swiss watch manufacture Vacheron Constantin unveils two new models of the Traditionnelle World Time in either 18K white or 18K 5N pink gold sublimated by a gold map in the center of their dial.

Equipped with the in house developed Calibre 2460 WT featuring patented mechanism, this traveller’s timepiece indicates 37 world’s time zones, including those offset from Universal Coordinated Time (UCT) by a half – or quarter hour.

The Traditionnelle World Time by Vacheron Constantin highlight a complication inextricably bound to the history of the Geneva-based manufacturer: world time. The latter is also interwoven with the theme of travel, since Jean-Marc Vacheron and his successors have constantly circled the globe delivering their exceptional timepieces.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time watch in pink gold

A pioneer in the development and production of innovative watches, the Manufacture has displayed the same approach in being resolutely open to the world at large. Created in 1755 in Geneva and able to look back over 260 years of uninterrupted activity, Vacheron Constantin soon began exploring the four corners of the world.

It established a presence in the United States in 1832 and in China in 1845 – well before the International Meridian Conference held in Washington in 1884 which divided the world into 24 time zones, taking the Greenwich meridian as the longitude 0 point of reference. This new approach became indispensable in keeping step with the development of international travel and of railways.

In keeping with the same pioneering spirit, and driven by a wish to demonstrate that the multiple time-zone watch could be further perfected, the Maison introduced its first timepieces endowed with an international time mechanism in 1932. This movement was the work of a brilliant Geneva watchmaker, Louis Cottier, who had imagined and developed a mechanical movement indicating the 24 time zones from 1 to 24 by means of a disc rotating around the central dial and the outer bezel bearing the names of the world’s major cities.

This first Vacheron Constantin world time “Cottier system” watch enabled simultaneous read-off of the time in 31 cities around the world. It marked the start of a rich and longstanding relationship with the world time complication. In 1936, the Maison presented two new versions of its world time model with a 31-city dial and a 30-city dial. In 1937 and 1938, the Geneva-based Manufacture unveiled six table clocks with a mobile dial featuring 67 locations.

From the 1940s onwards, Vacheron Constantin attributed the reference number 4414 to a world time model with a 41-city dial and a day-night division of the mobile 24-hour disc. During the 1940s and 1950s, many famous customers were captivated by this useful and ingenious mechanism, and contributed to spreading the fame of this new complication.

In 1957, Vacheron Constantin wrote a new chapter in its history of world time watches by introducing the first world time wristwatch, reference 6213, ordered by an Egyptian dignitary.

Eager to make a major new contribution to the history of this complication, the Vacheron Constantin master-watchmakers and engineers have launched a mechanical movement capable of indicating not only the full time zones, but also the partial ones, so as to reflect the exact temporal reality in the 37 time zones.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time watch in pink gold

A number of countries have indeed adopted a half-hour or quarter-hour difference from UTC, and the Calibre 2460 WT by Vacheron Constantin takes account of these specific characteristics. By way of example, it provides the correct time indication for Caracas, since Venezuela decided in 2007 to switch from a full time zone to a half time zone (GMT – 4:30).

The indication of the 37 time zones as proposed by the Maison in its Traditionnelle World Time is as complete as one could wish for.

The display consists of three dials: a sapphire dial with a day-night shading and the engraved and inked 24-hour indications (18:30 to 6:30 hours indications highlighted with an anthracite-colored background); a metal dial with painted cities names and a “Lambert projector” type gold map unveiling sun-brushed continents as well as sand-blasted seas; and a metal external ring with painted minute-track and applied gold hour-markers.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time watch in white gold

Beating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and endowed with a 40-hour power reserve, mechanical self-winding Calibre 2460 WT drives displays of the hours, minutes, center seconds and world time. It enables simultaneous read-off of the time in all regions of the world, along with the day-night indication provided above the central world map crafted in gold.

All indications are adjusted via the crown, thus considerably simplifying the use of this highly technical watch. In light of these exclusive developments, the Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2460 WT – bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva – own a patent featuring the indication of all the world’s 37 zone increments, the day-night indication and the setting of all functions by the crown.

Despite its complex construction principles, the mechanical world time movement is extremely user friendly. The wearer chooses the reference time and places it opposite the black triangle at 6 o’clock. The time in the reference location can then be read off either by the hour hand, or by the 24-hour disc, while the time in the other 36 time zones is simultaneously readable. The cities shown in black represent the full time zones, while the cities in red indicate half-hour or quarter-hour zones.

Incorporating all the signature characteristics of the collection – a slender bezel, a knurled motif on the back of the timepiece, a sapphire crystal caseback closed with screws, and dauphine-shaped hands – the Traditionnelle World Time comes with a 42.5 mm diameter 18K white gold or 18K 5Npink gold case that is fitted with a Mississippiensis alligator leather strap secured by a gold folding clasp.

Technical details

Model: Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time
References: 86060/000G-8982 & 86060/000R-8985
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepieces

Movement
Calibre 2460 WT
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
36.6 mm (11’’’¼) diameter, 7.55 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
255 components
27 jewels

Indications
Hours, minutes
Center seconds
World time indication (37 cities)
Day-night indication

Case
18K white gold / 18K 5N pink gold
42.5 mm diameter, 11.62 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Superposition of 3 dials:
– Gold map with sun-brushed continents & sand-blasted seas. Metal disc with cities names (in black for plain hours and in red for half-hours and quarters)
– Sapphire disc with day-night indication and engraved & inked 24-hour indications (18:30 to 6:30 hours indications highlighted with an anthracite-colored background)
– Metal external ring with painted minute-track and 18K gold hour-markers

Strap
Black / brown Mississippiensis alligator leather with alligator leather inner shell, hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: 18K white gold / 18K 5N pink gold folding clasp, Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Vacheron Constantin Collection Excellence Platine – Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve and Traditionnelle World Time

Celebrating a pure, rare and eternal material, the Collection Excellence Platine by Vacheron Constantin welcomes two new models that will delight all those with a taste for pure, understated dials, as well as keen long-distance travellers. This noble line of preciously attired watches highlights the full extent of the expertise cultivated by the Geneva-based Manufacture in the creation of mechanical movements ranging from the simplest to the most complex.

Designed, developed and produced by the Vacheron Constantin Manufacture, the two calibres powering the Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve and Traditionnelle World Time watches thereby consolidate the brand’s range of useful complications.

The Collection Excellence Platine reinforces the unique character of the watches that have joined the ranks of this prestigious range since its creation in 2006. In developing this exclusive line of timepieces, Vacheron Constantin wished to highlight the distinctive qualities of platinum.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve Collection Excellence Platine
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve Collection Excellence Platine

The material was first used by the Geneva-based Manufacture in 1820 and has since been featured in a number of its creations. 95% pure as against 75% for 18-carat gold, platinum is sourced from an extremely limited number of deposits worldwide. Its purity and its rarity make it the ultimate material for the most exclusive timepieces.

Its density and its weight explain its resistance that is far higher than that of other metals. The imperishable, high-performance properties of platinum render it synonymous with durability and ensure its enduring appeal among an elite circle of connoisseurs and collectors.

Through its elitist identity codes, the Collection Excellence Platine by Vacheron Constantin pays a marked tribute to the most prestigious of all metals. In addition to a case and crown in 950 platinum, each model belonging to this collection features a dial with a sandblasted finish bearing the discreet inscription “PT950” between 4 and 5 o’clock.

Secured by a 950 platinum folding clasp, the strap in dark blue alligator leather is graced with a saddle-stitched finish, hand-sewn with silk and 950 platinum thread lending an ultimate touch of perfection.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time Collection Excellence Platine
Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time Collection Excellence Platine

Each model is produced in individually numbered series never exceeding 150. The latest additions to this collection, the Traditionnelle Date Day and Power Reserve and the Traditionnelle World Time, are no exception to the rule, since only 100 of each will be released. They naturally carry the same external tokens of distinction as the preceding models: a case, crown, dial and buckle in 950 platinum.

Both stemming from the Traditionnelle collection, the two models equipped with useful complications draw upon the constantly enriched watchmaking heritage of Vacheron Constantin, while further strengthening a “medium complication” segment in which the Manufacture excels as much as in that of extremely sophisticated horological complications.

The timeless classicism of the two Traditionnelle Date-Day and Power Reserve and Traditionnelle World Time models confirm their kinship with the horological traditions of the collection from which they have arisen. Inspired by the aesthetic codes that have distinguished some of Vacheron Constantin’ s most beautiful historical models, this collection remains true to the fundamental values appreciated by genuine connoisseurs.

A slender bezel, a knurled motif around the screw-down back fitted with a sapphire crystal, facetted trapeze-shaped hour-markers – double at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock – “dauphine” hands, a dial in various tones and a case middle with straight, clear-cut lines: the signature features of the Traditionnelle collection serve as a reminder that tradition and modernity rub shoulders quite naturally at Vacheron Constantin.

Endowed with these clearly displayed qualities, Traditionnelle spans a watchmaking universe ranging from the simplest to the most complicated: it is indeed a perfect embodiment of the inventive nature of Vacheron Constantin and a tribute to two and a half centuries of uninterrupted history.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve Collection Excellence Platine

The Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve model now joining the Collection Excellence Platine is entirely in keeping with the aesthetic codes of all the models that have found their place in this prestigious collection since 2006. In addition to a 39.5 mm-diameter case and crown in 950 platinum, this timepiece features an uncluttered 950 platinum dial with a finely grained sandblasted finish, discreetly bearing the inscription “Pt 950” between 4 and 5 o’clock.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve Collection Excellence Platine

The face provides a central display of the hours, minutes and seconds, as well as providing pointer-type indications of the power reserve, the date and the day of the week. The strap in dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather is hand-sewn with silk and 950 platinum thread. This combination is made possible by the remarkable malleability of this precious metal, of which a single gram can be drawn out to form an almost two kilometre-long thread. The folding clasp is also made of 950 platinum.

At its heart beats a mechanical self-winding movement developed and produced by Vacheron Constantin – Calibre 2475 – graced with the kind of meticulous finishes that are the unmistakable signature of Fine Watchmaking: Côtes de Genève, bevelled and rhodiumed bridges and a circular grained mainplate. The watch and movement bear the Hallmark of Geneva, an independent certification of origin, of craftsmanship, of durability and of expertise.

Technical details

Model: Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle Day-Date and Power Reserve Collection Excellence Platine, Reference: 85290/000P-9947
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Movement
Caliber 2475 SC
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
26.2 mm (11’’’½) diameter
5.7 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
264 components
27 jewels

Indications
Hours
Minutes
Day of the week
Date
Power reserve

Case
Platinum 950
39.5 mm diameter, 10.65 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Platinum 950, sand-blasted finishing
“Pt950” hallmark between 4 and 5 o’clock
Black painted indications

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched with platinum 950 and silk, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: Triple-blade folding clasp in platinum 950, Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Edition
Limited edition of 100 individually numbered pieces
“N°X/100” engraved on caseback

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time Collection Excellence Platine

The Traditionnelle World Time watch embodies a complication inextricably bound up with the history of the Geneva-based Manufacture, since it was in 1932 that Vachercon Constantin made its first timepiece equipped with a world time mechanism enabling simultaneous reading of the time in 31 cities of the world. Ever since, it has consistently perfected this useful and ingenious mechanism also referred to as “universal” or “international” time.

Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time Collection Excellence Platine

This mechanical self-winding movement developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin is distinguished by its ability to drive indications corresponding to the world’s 37 time zones – including those offset from Universal Coordinated Time (UCT) by a half-hour or a quarter hour – complete with a day/night display via a central globe, as well as by its simplified crown adjustment of all indications. A patent for this exclusive association has been duly filed by the Manufacture.

The display consists of three parts: a sapphire dial with day/night shading as well as an engraved and inked 24-hour indication; a 950 platinum dial with a “Lambert projector” type map; and a metal chapter ring. All indications are easily adjusted via the crown, thereby considerably simplifying the use of this highly technical watch.

Technical details

Model: Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time Collection Excellence Platine
Reference: 86060/000P-9979
Hallmark of Geneva certified timepiece

Movement
Caliber 2460 WT
Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical, self-winding
36.60 mm (11’’’ ¼ ) diameter
7.55 mm thick
Approximately 40 hours of power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
255 components
27 jewels

Indications
Hours
Minutes
Center seconds
World time indication with day/night zone (37 time zones)

Case
Platinum 950
42.50 mm diameter, 11.62 mm thick
Transparent sapphire crystal caseback
Water-resistance tested at a pressure of 3 bar (approx. 30 meters)

Dial
Made of 3 parts:
– 1 disc in sapphire with gradient day/night indication in the center, 24-hour indication inked / engraved
– 1 disc in platinum 950 with hand-polished embossed “Lambert Projection” type map and transferred cities names
– 1 external ring in platinum 950 with transferred minute track and 18K gold applied hour-makers. “Pt950” hallmark between 4 and 5 o’clock

Strap
Dark blue Mississippiensis alligator leather, hand-stitched with platinum 950 and silk, saddle-finish, large square scales
Clasp: Triple-blade folding clasp in platinum 950, Polished half Maltese cross-shaped

Edition
Limited edition of 100 pieces
“N°X/100” engraved on caseback

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time for Only Watch 2013

The Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time is a unique model specially created for the Only Watch 2013 event and representing a combined expression of the exclusive skills cultivated by Vacheron Constantin.

The dial paying tribute to three artistic crafts – engraving, enamelling and gem-setting – illustrates the aesthetic mastery dear to the Manufacture, while the World Time complication embodies the technical excellence and open-minded spirit that have been guiding the brand for over 250 years.

Inseparably bound up with the Vacheron Constantin heritage, the World Time complication had made a major comeback in the collection of the Manufacture in 2011 with the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time model driven by a new in-house made movement, Calibre 2460 WT.

It now returns as the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time “Only Watch” model available in a 42.5 mm-diameter 950 platinum case featuring an exhibition case and water-resistant to 3 bar (around 30 metres). It is supplied with a saddle-stitched black alligator leather strap secured by a folding clasp.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time for Only Watch 2013

The back of this timepiece is engraved with the inscription “Only Watch 2013, Pièce unique”, commemorating the Only Watch event organised by the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy, a charity with which Vacheron Constantin is once again privileged to associate this year.

Building on its historical expertise in the realm of Artistic Crafts, Vacheron Constantin has called upon the most sophisticated current talents to give this timepiece a face combining ultimate artistic precision with contemporary elegance. The central gold associates a trilogy of excellence in the techniques of engraving, enamelling and gem-setting.

The hand-engraved seas and the countries are coated with translucent and opalescent enamel, while the GMT reference city, Monaco, is immortalised by a round-cut diamond that is extremely difficult to set because of the extremely thin plate. Independent enamelling artist Anita Porchet, who is well known to collectors and connoisseurs of horological works of art, contributed her peerless skill to the successful crafting of this timepiece.

The World Time watch embodies the openness to the world characterising the Manufacture founded in 1755. For over 250 years, Vacheron Constantin has been crossing borders to spread the news of its precious timepieces. It has been active in the United States since 1832 and in China since 1845, well before the International Meridian Conference held in Washington in 1884 and which divided the world into 24 time zones while defining the zero meridian.

In 1932, Vacheron Constantin introduced an original watch featuring a world time mechanism. It marked the first chapter in a long story of developments of the world time complication, sometimes also referred to as universal time or international time.

Eager to make a major new contribution to the history of this complication, the master-watchmakers and engineers of the Manufacture sought to create a mechanical movement capable not only of indicating full time zones, but also partial time zones, so as to reflect the precise temporal reality prevailing in 37 different zones of the world. This is because a number of countries have adopted a time that is a half-hour or a quarter-hour out of sync with UTC (Universal Coordinated Time).

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time for Only Watch 2013

Calibre 2460 WT was specially developed and produced by Vacheron Constantin to take account of these special cases. This timepiece bears the prestigious Poinçon de Genève (Hallmark of Geneva), confirming the status of the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time as a truly precious accessory for today’s keen travellers.

While complex in terms of its technical design, this mechanical movement beating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour) and endowed with an approximately 40-hour time zone, remains pleasantly simple to use, even through the 38 time-zone indication is as complete as they come.

All adjustments are made via the crown of the watch – an exceptional feature on a multiple time-zone watch. The owner of the timepiece chooses the reference city by placing it facing the red triangle at 6 o’clock. The time in the reference location may thus be read off either via the hours hand of the watch, or on the 24-hour disc. The time in any of the 36 other time zones may be read off simultaneously.

The cities appearing in black represent the complete time zones, while the grey cities indicate half-hour or quarter-hour time zones. The day/night indication is symbolised by the 24-hour disc, with the night shown in red and the day in white.

Technical details

Model: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time Only Watch 2013
Reference 86060/000P-9894
Timepiece certified by the Poinçon de Genève (Hallmark of Geneva)

Edition
One-of-a-kind watch made for the Only Watch auction organised by the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy

Movement
Calibre 2460WT, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin
Mechanical self-winding
36.6mm (11’’’ 1/4) in diameter
7.55 mm thick
Approximately 40-hour power reserve
4 Hz (28,800 vibrations/hour)
255 parts
27 jewels

Indications
Hours
Minutes
Central seconds
World time (37 time zones) with day/night indication

Case
950 platinum
42.5 mm in diameter, 11.02 mm thick
Exhibition back, secured with screws
Water resistance tested to pressure equivalent to 3 bar (approx. 30 metres)

Dial
Four-part dial:
1 central gold dial with hand-engraved seas coated with translucent and opalescent enamel and a map of part of Europe in translucent and opalescent champlevé enamel. City of Monaco symbolised by a round diamond.
1 metal dial with black painted cities, Monaco painted in red. 24 full time zones show in black, and 13 quarter-hour or half-hour time zones shown in grey
1 sapphire dial with 24-hour display and indication of the night zone in red and of the day zone in white
Metal ring with black painted minute circle and appliqued 18K gold hour-markers

Bracelet
Hand-sewn black Mississippiensis alligator leather, large square scales, saddle-stitched finish

Buckle
950 platinum folding clasp
Half Maltese cross

Special feature
“Only Watch 2013, Pièce unique” inscription engraved on the back of the watch

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time

A longstanding part of the Vacheron Constantin watchmaking heritage, the World Time complication is making a noteworthy comeback to the collections from the Manufacture.

The Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time model houses the new Calibre 2460WT bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva. Developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin, this new mechanical self-winding movement is distinguished by its capacity to indicate the world’s 37 time zones, including those offset from Universal Coordinated Time (UCT) by a half – or quarter-hour – an exclusive mechanism patented by Vacheron Constantin.

The new Patrimony Traditonnelle World Time by Vacheron Constantin marks the return to the collection of a complication inextricably bound to the history of the Geneva-based manufacturer. The latter is also interwoven with the theme of travel, since Jean-Marc Vacheron and his successors have constantly circled the globe delivering their exceptional timepieces.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time

A pioneer in the development and production of innovative watches, the Manufacture Vacheron Constantin has displayed the same approach in being resolutely open to the world at large. Created in 1755 in Geneva and able to look back over more than 255 years of uninterrupted activity, Vacheron Constantin soon began exploring the four corners of the earth.

It established a presence in the United States in 1832 and in China in 1845 – well before the International Meridian Conference held in Washington in 1884 which divided the world into 24 time zones, taking the Greenwich meridian as the longitude 0 point of reference. This new approach became indispensable in keeping step with the development of international travel and of railways.

In keeping with the same pioneering spirit, and driven by a wish to demonstrate that the multiple time-zone watch could be further perfected, Vacheron Constantin introduced its first timepieces endowed with an international time mechanism in 1932.

This movement was the work of a brilliant Geneva watchmaker, Louis Cottier, who had imagined and developed a mechanical movement indicating the 24 time zones from 1 to 24 by means of a disc rotating around the central dial and the outer bezel bearing the names of the world’s major cities.

This first Vacheron Constantin World Time “Cottier system” watch (reference 3372) enabled simultaneous read-off of the time in 31 cities around the world. It marked the start of a rich and longstanding relationship between Vacheron Constantin and the World Time complication.

In 1936, Vacheron Constantin presented two new versions of its World Time model with a 31-city dial (reference 3650) and a 30-city dial (reference 3638) without Cairo. In 1937 and 1938, the Geneva-based Manufacture unveiled six table clocks with a mobile dial featuring 67 locations, including summer and winter time in Paris.

From the 1940s onwards, Vacheron Constantin attributed the reference number 4414 to a world time model with a 41-city dial and a day/night division of the mobile 24-hour disc. During the 1940s and 1950s, many famous customers were captivated by this useful and ingenious mechanism, and contributed to spreading the fame of this new complication.

In 1957, Vacheron Constantin wrote a new chapter in its history of World Time watches by introducing the first World Time wristwatch, reference 6213, ordered by an Egyptian dignitary. It was the first of a long line of models incorporating this remarkable complication and that earned it an outstanding reputation among connoisseurs and collectors.

Eager to make a major new contribution to the history of this complication, the Vacheron Constantin master-watchmakers and engineers have sought to create a mechanical movement capable of indicating not only the full time zones, but also the partial ones, so as to reflect the exact temporal reality in the 37 time zones.

Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time 18K 5N Pink gold

A number of countries have indeed adopted a half-hour or quarter-hour difference from UTC, and the Calibre 2460WT by Vacheron Constantin takes account of these specific characteristics. By way of example, it provides the correct time indication for Caracas, since Venezuela decided in 2007 to switch from a full time zone to a half time zone (GMT – 4:30).

The indication of the 37 time zones as proposed by Vacheron Constantin in its Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time is as complete as one could wish for. The display consists of three dials: a sapphire dial with a unique day/night shading; a metal dial with a “Lambert projector” type map; and a metal chapter ring.

Beating at a frequency of 4 Hz (28,800 vibrations per hour) and endowed with a 40-hour power reserve, mechanical self-winding Calibre 2460WT drives displays of the hours, minutes, central seconds and World Time. It enables simultaneous read-off of the time in all regions of the world, along with the day/night indication provided by the central world map.

All indications are adjusted via the crown, thus considerably simplifying the use of this highly technical watch. In light of these exclusive developments, a patent has been filed for the new Vacheron Constantin Calibre 2460WT bearing the prestigious Hallmark of Geneva.

Despite its complex construction principles, the new mechanical World Time movement is extremely user-friendly. The wearer chooses the reference time and places it opposite the black triangle at 6 o’clock. The time in the reference location can then be read off either by the hour hand, or by the 24-hour disc, while the time in the other 36 time zones is simultaneously readable. The cities shown in black represent the full time zones, while the cities in red indicate half-hour or quarter-hour zones.

Incorporating all the signature characteristics of the collection – a slender bezel, a knurled motif on the case-back, a screw-down sapphire crystal case-back, and dauphine hands – the new Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time comes with a 42.5 mm diameter 18K pink gold case that is water-resistant to 30 metres. It is fitted with a brown alligator leather strap secured by an 18K pink gold folding clasp.

Due to the modern nature of this useful complication, along with the major innovations provided by its Calibre 2460WT, the Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time is destined to become an iconic model within the collection, and to perpetuate Vacheron Constantin’s pioneering role in the development of multiple time-zone watches.

Technical details

Model: Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Traditionnelle Worldtime 18K 5N Pink gold
Reference 86060/000R-9640

Movement
Calibre 2460 WT, developed and manufactured by Vacheron Constantin
Stamped with the Hallmark of Geneva
Energy: Mechanical, self-winding
Movement diameter: 36.60 mm (11’’’ ¼)
Movement thickness: 8.10 mm
Jewels: 27
Frequency: 4Hz (28’800 Vibrations/hour)
Indications: Hours, minutes and center seconds, World time indication with day/night zone (37 time zones)
Power reserve: Approximately 40 hours

Case
18K 5N Pink gold , 42.50 mm in diameter, Open-worked back with transparent sapphire crystal, Water-Resistance 3 bar (about 30 meters)

Dial 
The display is made of 3 dials:-
– 1 dial in sapphire with day / night indication in the center, 24-hour indications inked & engraved
– 1 dial in metal with “Lambert Projection” type map and transfered cities names
– 1 externalring in metal with transferred minute-track and gold applied hour-markers

Strap
Brown hand-stitched, saddle-finish, large square scaled Mississippiensis alligator leather
Clasp: 18K 5N pink gold triple blade folding clasp, Polished half Maltese Cross

PATEK PHILIPPE Heure Universelle

Introduced in 2000, this exceptional mechanical watch from PATEK PHILIPPE is equipped with an innovative Universal Time complication that simultaneously displays local time and the time in the world’s 24 time zones.

Fitted with an original mechanism with two patents registered, it has the double advantage of being user-friendly and easy to read. The dial comprises two disks, one for the names of 24 cities, the other for 24 hours with a day and night indicator. The engine-turned opaline inner dial boasts yellow gold applique hour markers.

PATEK PHILIPPE Heure Universelle watch in yellow gold

Carrying Poinçon de Genève certification, the automatic 240/188 calibre features a mini rotor in 22-carat gold. The 18 carat yellow gold case, which is fitted sapphire crystal case back, is water-resistant to 25 m.

PATEK PHILIPPE Heure Universelle is also available in 750 (18K) pink or white gold and 950 platinum versions.

Technical details

Model: PATEK PHILIPPE Heure Universelle

Movement
Automatic, 240/188 calibre, mini rotor in 22-carat gold
Poinçon de Genève

Functions
Hours, minutes
Universal time (local + 24 time-zones simultaneously)

Case
750 (18K) yellow gold
Sapphire back and crystal
Water-resistant to 25 m

Dial
Engine-turned opaline centre, with yellow gold applique hour markers

Strap
Hand-sewn crocodile leather, with 750 (18K) yellow gold folding clasp

Other versions
750 (18K) pink or white gold
950 platinum, set with a diamond between the attachments

Patek Philippe – Ref 5130 World Time Watch with 39.5 mm 18K Rose or White Gold Case (2006)

In 2006, Patek Philippe introduced an enlarged and updated version of their famous World Time watch that is dedicated to travellers and businesspeople, who have a penchant for extraordinary mechanical watches.

At the International Meridian Conference in Washington, D.C., in 1884, universal time was adopted and the world was officially divided into 24 time zones. Ever since, watchmakers have tried to outdo each other with clever ideas for displaying multiple time zones. In 1930, Patek Philippe presented its internationally acclaimed World Time wristwatch with two rotating discs that made it possible to simultaneously display the time in all 24 zones.

Today, these timepieces crafted from the 1930s to the 1960s fetch astronomical prices at auctions. In 2000, the Geneva workshops took the functionality of this watch a step further by integrating a single-button mechanism to advance all displays collectively when moving from one time zone to another – without affecting the rate accuracy of the movement by even one second. It took four years to develop this patented mechanism which bolstered the popularity of the World Time watch on all continents.

Patek Philippe Ref 5130 World Time Watch with 39.5 mm 18K Rose or White Gold Case

Patek Philippe has dedicated this watch to modern nomads with its fresh aesthetic appeal. The diameter of the round case, which is in the classic Calatrava style and available in 18K rose or white gold, was slightly enlarged from 37 mm to 39.5 mm. Along with providing improved readability, the watch is more prominent on the wrist yet remarkably thin despite the complexity of its movement.

The subtly reinterpreted dial was inspired by the first Ref. 1415 HU World Time watches from the 1930s. The enlargement of the case allowed the watchmakers to broaden the width of the exterior rotating disc showing the 24 time zones, making the names of the 24 reference cities even more legible. The center of the dial is decorated with a new guilloché sunburst pattern, and the distinctive hour markers give the watch a dynamic, contemporary look.

The eye-catching, ring-shaped hour hand is reminiscent of historic Patek Philippe World Time watches, reserved exclusively for this type of timepiece. Its shape symbolizes the globe and reinforces the cosmopolitan personality of the watch.

Patek Philippe Ref 5130 World Time Watch with 39.5 mm 18K Rose or White Gold Case

The Ref. 5130 has a sapphire-crystal back and is worn on a hand-stitched, matte navy blue alligator strap in the white gold model and a matte dark brown strap in the rose gold version. The fold-over clasp matches the case. This watch replaced the Ref. 5110 that was launched in 2000.

In spite of the complexity of its self-winding caliber 240 HU movement, the Ref. 5130 is ingeniously simple to use. The central part of the dial accommodates the hour and minute hands that indicate local time and is encircled by two rotating discs. The outer disc bears the names of the 24 cities that stand for the 24 time zones.

The visible part of the inner disc, which turns counter clockwise, is a graduated 24-hour ring with a dark segment and moon symbol for the nocturnal hours and a bright segment with a sun symbol for the daytime hours. Local time is displayed for the city and associated time zone indicated by the red marker at 12 o’clock. The time in any of the other 23 time zones is shown on the 24-hour disc at the position directly opposite the respective city name.

Patek Philippe Ref 5130 World Time Watch with 39.5 mm 18K Rose or White Gold Case

This watch is most useful when a trip traverses one or more time zones as the Ref. 5130 does not need to be stopped and requires no cumbersome adjustments or calculation of the time difference between two locations. Instead, the button at 10 o’clock only needs to be pressed as many times as it takes to align the name of the city in the destination time zone with the red arrow at 12 o’clock.

Each time the button is pressed, the hour hand for local time advances by one hour while the 24-hour disc and the city disc move counter clockwise by one interval. Thanks to an ingenious, patented coupling mechanism, this intervention does not influence the precise progression of the minute hand. This instant correction feature that executes three commands with a single press of the button is exclusive to Patek Philippe World Time watches.

Technical details

Model: Patek Philippe Ref. 5130 World Time

Movement
Caliber 240 HU
Self-winding mechanical movement, indication of 24 time zones, day/night indicator
Diameter: 27.50 mm, Height: 3.88 mm
Number of parts: 239
Number of jewels: 33
Power reserve: Max. 48 hours
Winding rotor: Unidirectional mini-rotor in 22K gold
Balance: Gyromax
Frequency: 21,600 semi-oscillations per hour (3 Hz)
Balance spring: Flat
Stud: Movable

Functions
Two-position crown:
– Pulled out: to set time
– Pushed in: to wind watch
Time zone correction button (at 10 o’clock): Synchronized correction of displays in one-hour jumps for the hour hand and by 1/24 counter clockwise turns for the city and 24-hour disks

Displays
Hours and minutes
City disk
24-hour disc with day/night indication by color and sun/moon symbols

Hallmark: Geneva Seal

Case
18K rose or white gold
Screwed 18K rose or white gold back with sapphire crystal
Water-resistant to 25 meters
Case dimensions: Diameter: 39.50 mm
Thickness: 9.40 mm
Width between lugs: 21 mm

Dial
Rose gold dial
Three-zone dial:
– City disk, black transfer-printed
– 24-hour disk with day/night indication by color and sun/moon symbols (day: black numerals on silver background; night: white numerals on brown background)
– Silvery sunburst guilloché center

White gold dial
Three-zone dial:
– City disk, blue transfer-printed
– 24-hour disk with day/night indication by color and sun/moon symbols (day: blue numerals on silver background; night: white numerals on blue background)
– Silvery sunburst guilloché center

Ring-shaped hour hand in 18K rose or white gold
Dauphine minute hand in black nickel-plated 18K rose or white gold
Applied baton hour markers in black oxidized 18K rose or white gold

Strap
Alligator with large rectangular scales, hand-stitched, matte dark brown for rose gold model, matte navy blue for white gold model, with fold-over clasp in 18K rose or white gold to match the case

PATEK PHILIPPE World Time Watch, Ref. 5131

Introduced in 2008, this World Time watch (Ref. 5131, Yellow gold) from Patek Philippe houses an extremely useful technical complication that offers permanent display of all 24 time zones around the globe.

Easily adjustable, the World Time watch indicates the hour in all major cities at a glance. The local time indicated by the hour and minute hands applies to the location on the city disk that is directly aligned with 12 o’clock.

PATEK PHILIPPE World Time Watch, Ref. 5131 Yellow Gold
Image Credit: Patek Philippe SA

The crown is used to set the correct time in conjunction with the 24-hour ring, so a distinction can be made between 4 am and 4 pm. Now, switching from one time zone to another is accomplished simply by pressing the button at 10 o’clock. Every time it is pressed, the hour hand will advance by one hour while the city ring and the 24-hour ring will rotate counterclockwise by one hour (equivalent to one time zone). Pressing the button 24 times emulates a trip around the world and a return to the point of departure.

PATEK PHILIPPE World Time Watch, Ref. 5131 Yellow Gold
Image Credit: Patek Philippe SA

This mechanism was devised by the gifted Geneva watchmaker Louis Cottier in the early 1930s. He offered his invention to Patek Philippe first and in 1959, the company protected it with Swiss Patent No. 340 191. Subsequently, the ingenious inventor created another mechanism for the Geneva based manufacture. It was able to display two time zones simultaneously. In the late 1990s, this second invention inspired the development of the Calatrava Travel Time.

PATEK PHILIPPE World Time Watch, Ref. 5131 movement case back
Image Credit: Patek Philippe SA

With a solution patented in 1999, Patek Philippe further optimized the caliber 240 HU (Heure Universelle = World Time) movement by totally isolating the World Time mechanism with the city and 24-hour rings from the going train of the watch. Thus, when the mechanism is switched from one time zone to the next, the accuracy of the movement and the progression of the minute hand are not affected.

Caliber 240 HU is an ultra-thin self-winding mechanical movement that features a 22K gold mini-rotor recessed in the plate. It beats with a frequency of 21,600 semi-oscillations perhour (3 Hz). In 2000, Patek Philippe used this movement to reintroduce the World Time watch into its standard collection.

PATEK PHILIPPE World Time Watch, Ref. 5131 yellow gold version
Image Credit: Patek Philippe SA

The exclusivity of these complications is no doubt the principal reason why Patek Philippe’s 1940s and 1950s World Time watches fetch higher prices at international auctions than any other wristwatches. Models showcasing a small, hand-made cloisonné enamel miniature in the center of the dial are particularly coveted.

The eclectic motifs range from clusters of palm trees to solitary lighthouses, but the most popular ones are colorful, stylized world maps because they best match the purpose of the timepiece. Such a map also adorns the dial of the new Patek Philippe Ref. 5131, finally giving collectors the renewed opportunity to find a watch in this category within the company’s current portfolio.Due to the complex processes involved in the making of cloisonné enamel dials, only a small number of Ref. 5131 watches will be available each year.

PATEK PHILIPPE World Time Watch, Ref. 5131 with world map in hand-crafted cloisonné enamel
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In addition to Geneva enamel and champlevé enamel, cloisonné enamel is one of the three classic techniques traditionally used to decorate watches and dials. The motifs are always silhouettes whose contours define the shapes of the “cloisons” (French for partition, or cell) that ultimately contain the differently colored zones of the finished enamel opus.

A characteristic shared by all enamelling techniques is the stunning brilliance of the colors: unlike paintings that use conventional pigments, they do not fade and retain their luster for centuries.

Technical details

Model: World Time watch – Ref. 5131 in 18K yellow gold

Movement
Caliber 240 HU
Self-winding mechanical movement, display of 24 time zones, day/night indicator
Diameter: 27.50 mm
Height: 3.88 mm
Number of parts: 239
Number of jewels: 33
Power reserve: Max. 48 hours
Winding rotor: Mini-rotor in 22K gold, unidirectional winding
Balance: Gyromax
Frequency: 21,600 semi-oscillations/hour (3 Hz)
Balance spring: Flat
Balance spring stud: Movable

Functions
Two-position crown:- Pulled out: to set the time- Pushed in: to wind the watch Time zone correction button at 10 o’clock: Synchronized clockwise advance of the hour hand in one-hour increments and counterclockwise rotation of the city and 24-hour disks in 15° increments. This correction takes place with out affecting the rate of the movement or the progression of the minute hand (Patent No. 99124527.5 dated December 9, 1999).

Displays
Hours and minutes
City disk
24-hour disk with day/night indication by color and sun/moon symbols

Hallmark
Geneva Seal

Case
18K yellow gold with engraved Patek Philippe signature at 12 o’clock and Genève at 6 o’clock
Screwed back in 18K yellow gold with sapphire-crystal window
Water-resistant to 30 meters
Dimensions: Diameter: 39.50 mm, Height: 10.61 mm, Width between lugs: 21 mm

Dial
18K yellow gold, center of dial with world map in hand-crafted cloisonné enamel

Disks:
– Black printed city disk with new italic face
– 24-hour disk with day/night indication by color and sun/moon symbols (blue day numerals on silvery background, white night numerals on blue background)
Hands: Ring-shaped hour hand in 18K yellow gold, Dauphine minute hand in 18K yellow gold

Strap
Alligator with rectangular scales, hand-stitched, matt chocolate, fold-over clasp in 18K yellow gold