Just in time for the boom in Miami’s importance as an international city, swiss watchmakers are creating timepieces with a global outlook.
From left From Louis Vuitton, the unusual Escale time-zone watch ($7,700) indicates the time in 24 zones by means of hand-painted enamel city and hour disks. This 39mm watch, powered by the automatic caliber LV87, manufactured by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton, features a steel case. Miami Design District, 140 NE 39th St., 305-573-1366
The Vacheron Constantin World Time watch ($48,000) is the rare world timer with 37 time zones, including those that may differ by minutes from an adjacent zone. With the settings adjusted by means of the crown, the watch features a transparent sapphire caseback for viewing Vacheron Constantin’s complex 2460 self-winding movement. Miami Design District, 140 NE 39th St., 305-908-3898
This Frederique Constant Manufacture Worldtimer watch ($4,195) houses the automatic movement FC-718, made in-house in Switzerland, which indicates the date as well as the time around the world. Crafted in stainless steel, this 42mm watch features 42 hours of power reserve and a navy blue dial with a world map and luminous markers for night reading. Morays Jewelers, Miami Design District, 50 NE Second Ave., 305-374-0739
From Girard-Perregaux, this Traveller WW.TC watch ($18,300) is crafted in titanium with a black DLC (diamondlike carbon) coating. A 44mm watch with a self-winding mechanical movement made in-house, it offers the hour and minutes in 24 time zones plus a day/night indicator, date and small seconds indicators, and chronograph functions. It is also water-resistant to 100 meters. King Jewelers, 18265 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura, 305-935-4900
From Patek Philippe, this Ref. 5130R men’s world-time watch ($44,000) is crafted in 18k rose gold and features a silvery opaline dial and a guilloche center. It offers the time in 24 time zones and also has a 24-hour day/night indicator. Kirk Jewelers, 142 E. Flagler St., Miami, 305-371-1321
In a world as interconnected as ours, it’s important to have a global perspective. The 9-to-5 business day is a thing of the past; today’s meetings and transactions often take place across multiple time zones, making a world-time watch a necessity. A complex instrument to produce, a world timer typically indicates the hour and minutes in all 24 of the globe’s major time zones, with some watches even marking the hour in regions where the local time may differ by mere minutes. Maps, city names, and lines of longitude remind stylish sojourners where in the world they are—and where they need to be.