Meet Chopard's First-Ever World-Time And GMT Chronometers

Be in the zone with just a glance.

BY Daniel Goh | Mar 13, 2017 | News

Wake up in Tokyo, sip green tea, nibble delectable sushi. Next week: vertiginous dinner at the Burj, lit up by Dubai city beneath. The following month, Moscow, New York, LA, Beijing... rinse and repeat. It’s easy for the jet-set man to lose track of time. Fortunately, Chopard has you covered.

Playing globetrotter requires more than just three hands and a day-date indicator. The world-time complication gives you the ability to sync with people in different time zones at a glance.

The difference between a watch with a GMT and a world-time function is that the former often comes with a 24-hour ring in addition to the 12-hour indicator on the dial. This 24-hour ring allows the wearer to display a second time zone (usually with a day/night indicator worked in). The world timer is a little more complex; by using a bezel or an inner bezel with all the time zones printed on it, it shows all the major ones on the dial at a glance.

Chopard celebrated the 20th anniversary of the founding of its LUC manufacture (named for founder Louis-Ulysse Chopard) last year. In pursuit of ever-finer watchmaking, it has added a GMT and world-time watch to its LUC collection for the first time in its history. Both new additions are certified by the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, the official chronometer certification agency of Switzerland).

LUC Time Traveller One
The Time Traveller One is marvellous to behold. It comes in steel, rose gold or platinum. The rose-gold model is exquisite with its white dial and night indicator in blue. In contrast, the steel Traveller One has a cool black dial (achieved by galvanic treatment) and orange markers and hands. The platinum model has a grey-blue dial. The Traveller One has the LUC 01.05-L movement with 60 hours of power reserve and bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève.

The GMT One offers a second time zone function and well-suited colour schemes. The 42mm rose-gold case has a matching dial in a brown hue, with Arabic numerals and day indicator finished in pristine white for high legibility. Even the steel variant with a black, sunburst, satin-brushed dial is an elegant option. Attention is paid to detail: the second crown used to control the GMT ring on the watch is distinguished by a globe symbol. Employing the LUC 01.10-L calibre movement, all the LUC GMT One’s internal components are chamfered and its bridges adorned with Côtes de Genève, in line with traditional watchmaking heritage.