GMT Watches – Time Traveller
A second time zone is one of the most useful functions a watch can have – helping you to keep track of the time at home and away
If you travel a lot, have family abroad or conduct business overseas, then a good second time zone (GMT) watch is a very sensible purchase. Many of the top luxury Swiss watch brands produce watches with a GMT function but this popular feature has filtered down to the classic and fashion watch brands, too. With so much choice available, we’ve gathered some of the best GMT watches from the Goldsmith’s collection…
Who’s it for? Jet-setting men who like their watches to exude a sense of history without looking stuffy
If you like your vintage-inspired watches with a contemporary twist then the Oris Big Crown ProPilot Chronograph GMT watch is for you. The historic Big Crown remains – originally fitted because a larger crown was easier for pilots to grip while wearing leather gloves –but the overall look is modern and utilitarian.
The black dial contains a lot of information, but thanks to a clear layout, it’s very legible. And a small orange jet plane distinguishes the GMT watch hand so you can keep an eye on the time – at home and away.
Who’s it for? Style-conscious jet-setters who believe that form and function are equally important
This Breitling Navitimer GMT Chronograph is very much the real deal when it comes to watches with a second time zone. The rotating bezel and circular side rule works as genuine back-up to flight instruments, which is the reason many pilots and aviation enthusiasts choose the Navitimer.
This watch was launched last year with a beefier 48mm case, but like previous models, it’s also extremely elegant. The stylish steel case houses a black dial embellished with three chronograph (stop watch) subdials and the iconic winged Breitling logo.
This white Baby-G ladies’ watch perfectly merges offbeat urban design with a wealth of useful functions, including an alarm, stopwatch, LED illuminated display and the ability to show the time in the major cities around the world at the click of a button.
It’s made from a shock-resistant resin casing and has a stainless steel bracelet which has been reinforced with resin, so this watch is more than capable of withstanding the shocks and stresses that travelling – or partying – will throw at it.
Who’s it for? Sporty island hoppers who like simple and beautifully made things
Good news for jet-setters who are fans of TAG Heuer’s iconic motor racing-inspired timepieces – the Swiss brand overhauled its popular Formula 1 collection last year and introduced the TAG Heuer Formula 1 GMT watch.
This is a sporty watch with a two-tone blue and black aluminium bezel and 41mm stainless steel case and bracelet. It’s water-resistant to 200m so you can take a dip on your travels without having to worry about your watch. Plus, there’s TAG Heuer’s Calibre 7 automatic movement keeping things ticking inside. A Swiss mechanical watch with a second time zone for £1,550 – it’s the equivalent of getting an all-inclusive luxury break for a steal.
Who’s it for? Gadget fans with an interest in worldwide events
There can’t be many watches better suited to the world traveller than the Citizen Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar.As if by magic, this clever piece of kit automatically adjusts itself when you cross into a new time zone using radio signals. The black 42mm case is made from stainless steel which has been ion-plated to give it a steely black look. The black dial continues the theme and features three subdials – one for the time zone, one for keepingtrack of the time at home and one which displays timings from the chronograph (stop watch). The date is displayed at 4 o’clock, and day at 2 o’clock – just in case you’re having such a good time on your trip that you forget what day it is.