The 10 Best World Timers Of All Time

Always on the move? A world timer is the ideal timepiece for stylish globetrotters.

By Tanisha Angel 14/09/2023

Touching down in Paris on Thursday afternoon with a call scheduled with Singapore in the evening while trying to catch the game in Australia? You need a world timer.

Arguably one of the most useful watch complications, the world-time function allows the time to be simultaneously tracked in all 24 primary time zones. This differentiates it from the similarly useful GMT, which is only able to track the time in two time zones.

The world-time function was initially seen in late 19th century pocket watches, before being patented by independent Swiss watchmaker Louis Cottier in the early 1930s. The complication was swiftly adopted by the likes of Rolex, Patek Philippe, and Vacheron Constantin. To this day, the fundamentals of Cottier’s creation remain largely unchanged.

As a watch is no longer required to track the time around the world (hello, mobile phones), only a handful of manufactures currently produce watches with world-time functions. However, there’s a certain quaint appeal in being able to tell the time around the world with a single glance at your wrist. And, for many watchmakers, the world time watch serves as a means to showcase their métiers d’art. The centre of the dial serves as the ideal canvas for manufactures to flex their artistic prowess; from Omega’s laser ablations to Patek Philippe’s grand feu cloisonné enamel.

While they’re yet to attain the same hotly coveted status as tool watches and sports watches, world timers are the timepiece of choice for those who respect mechanical complexity and considered artistry in equal measure. Here, Robb Report’s selection of the best world timers on the market.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer

A marked deviation from the Swiss manufacture’s typical nautical-inspired take on the style, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer offers a sartorially minded timepiece for the consummate traveller. Here, a sun-brushed green dial framed by a green ceramic bezel plays host to a miniature replica of the world as viewed from above the North Pole, laser-ablated onto the titanium dial surface. The 24-hour indication is divided into day and night, with the names of each location printed in yellow gold—with the exception of London which is red to denote Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The timepiece is powered by the in-house Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8938.

$17,650; omegawatches.com

Bulgari Octo Roma WorldTimer

Adopting a distinctly Bulgari approach to the world timer, the Bulgari Octo Roma WorldTimer caters to the contemporary traveller. The periphery of the dial features substitutions to typical locales—St Barths, the Maldives, and Anchorage appearing among them—aiming the timepiece at well-heeled pleasure-seekers and working professionals alike. The 41mm stainless steel case is executed in the Octo collection’s signature octagonal format, with the in-house self-winding calibre BVL257 resulting in a mere 11.35mm width. True to its sporty appearance, the Bulgari Octo Roma WorldTimer boasts 100m water resistance.

$14,300; bulgari.com

Patek Philippe Ref. 5231G

An early adopter of the world-time function, Patek Philippe has perfected the world timer over almost a century, creating some of the most beautiful examples in the category. The Patek Philippe Ref. 5231G pays homage to Asia Pacific through its grand feu cloisonné enamel dial which depicts the region in vivid colour, with continents outlined in fine gold wire. With comparatively slimline proportions for a world timer, the Patek Philippe Ref. 5231G takes shape in a 38.5mm white gold case measuring just 10.23mm wide. It’s powered by the self-winding calibre 240 HU, a 24-hour movement with a day/night indicator.

$133,950; jfarrenprice.com.au

Moritz Grossmann Universalzeit

Alas, this is not a true world timer, but it’s cool enough to include anyway. The Moritz Grossmann Universalzeit houses a truly unique movement that simultaneously displays the current time in seven time zones at a single glance. Six apertures spread across the map on the dial depict the time in each city. While the selected cities seem random at first glance—Phoenix would not be the usual go-to city to represent North America—the independent watchmaker selected regions that don’t participate in Daylight Savings Time, meaning no adjustment is necessary. While a little extra math is required to tell the time in every city, it’s still a nifty bit of watchmaking. The hours of the main city are displayed via the central hour hand, with the minutes and seconds corresponding to all cities. Each hour aperture is placed at the exact city coordinates on the map, with the map itself detailing oceans, continents, and longitude and latitude lines. The 44.5mm stainless steel world timer is presented on an alligator leather strap in black, brown, or blue.

Approx. $87,890; boutique.grossmann-uhren

Bremont ALT1-W1

A more rugged take on the world timer, the layout of the Bremont ALT1-W1 is informed by the manufacture’s military pedigree. The world-time function is operated via a bidirectional crown at 8 o’clock, while the chronograph is controlled by pushers at 2 and 5 o’clock. The tricompax dial layout includes a date aperture and small seconds, 30-minute, and 12-hour subdials. The clean chapter ring houses the names of cities in 24 time zones. It’s powered by the modified calibre BE-54AE, visible through the sapphire glass caseback, with the 43mm stainless steel timepiece guaranteeing 100m of water resistance.

$8500; bremont.com

Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite

The Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite utilises an atypical dial layout, with local time indicated by the central hour and minute hands while home time is displayed on the subdial at 12 o’clock. While most world timers showcase 24 time zones (which diverge from Greenwich Mean Time), the Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite covers 35 time zones. The standard 24 time zones are indicated in while while the remaining eight—differentiated by three-quarter hours or half-hours from GMT—use light blue. Uniquely, this timepiece uses three letter airport codes to denote local and home time zones (i.e. JFK for New York and BKK for Bangkok).

$31,600; glashuette-original.com

IWC Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph

Exuding IWC signature rugged style, the Pilot’s Watch Timezoner Chronograph measures 46mm in diameter, with the stainless steel case framed by a bezel that controls the world-time function. The chronograph function is controleld by pushers at 2 and 5 o’clock, with a small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock and combined hour and minute counters at 12 o’clock.

$19,100; iwc.com

Chopard L.U.C Time Travel One

Embodying understated elegance, the Chopard L.U.C Time Travel One features a slim 42mm stainless steel case, with a legible black dial complemented by orange Super-LumiNova Arabic numerals and hour markers. Local time is displayed in 12-hour format, denoted via the orange markers, while home (or away) time uses a 24-hour disc. The centre of the dial also features a clever date display, indicated by the shortest central hand.

Approx. $21,660; chopard.com

Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum

An artful interpretation of the world-time function, the Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum derives its name from the Latin words for ‘globe’, ‘earth’, and ‘world’. Aptly, it features a rotating disc under the depiction of the earth, shifting from light to dark blue to indicate day and night. The 43mm stainless steel timepiece is powered by the calibre MB 29.20 and has 50m water resistance.

Approx. $11,345; montblanc.com

Andersen Genève Tempus Terrae Worldtime

Founded by Danish master watchmaker Svend Andersen in 1979, Andersen Genève is a master when it comes to world timers. Andersen Genève creations display the 24 time zones in a classic two-ring format around the periphery of the dial, using the centre to showcase various métiers d’art. The Tempus Terrae Worldtime features a hand-engraved tapisserie guilloché motif rendered in the manufacture’s signature BlueGold, while the bezel of the 39mm white gold case—which features distinctive angular ‘broken’ lugs—is set with 36 baguette-cut gemstones (either aquamarine or blue sapphire).

$POA; andersen-geneve.ch

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The commemorative model borrows underpinnings from the GT3 RS and includes a 518 hp engine.

By Basem Wasef 23/10/2023

The soul of any sports car comes down to the alchemy of its tuning—how the engine, suspension, and chassis blend into a chorus of sensations. The secret sauce of the new Porsche 911 S/T, developed as a tribute to the 60th anniversary of the brand’s flagship model, is more potent than most; in fact, it makes a serious case for being the most driver-focused 911 of all time.

Sharing the S/T designation with the homologation special from the 1960s, the (mostly) innocuously styled commemorative model borrows underpinnings from the more visually extroverted GT3 RS. Yet what the S/T, starting at $290,000, lacks in fender cutouts and massive spoilers it makes up for in directness: a flat-six power plant that revs to 9,000 rpm, a motorsport-derived double-wishbone suspension, and a manual gearbox. It’s a delightfully feral combination.

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The steering response is similarly transparent, as direct as an unfiltered Marlboro, and the body follows with the agility of an Olympic bobsledder. Some of that purity of feeling is the result of addition through subtraction: Power-sapping elements including a hydraulic clutch and rear-axle steering were ditched, which also enabled the battery to be downsized for even more weight savings. The final result, with its carbon-fiber body panels, thinner glass, magnesium wheels, and reduced sound deadening, is the lightest 992-series variant on record, with roughly the same mass as the esteemed 911 R from 2016.

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Gentlemanly Restraint 

Art and science collide in the the newly released BR03A watch collection by Bell & Ross.

By Belinda Aucott 02/11/2023

In keeping with the brand’s design salute to aviation and military equipment, the pared-back face of the Bell & Ross BR03 Automatic takes its cue from the instrumentation in cockpits. It’s unabashedly minimal and confidently masculine style is set to make it a future classic.

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By Belinda Aucott 03/11/2023

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From Electric Surfboards to Biodegradable Golf Balls: 8 Eco-Conscious Yacht Toys for Green and Clean Fun

Just add water and forget the eco-guilt.

By Gemma Harris 18/10/2023

Without toys, yachts would be kind of sedentary. There’s nothing wrong with an alfresco meal, sunsets on the flybridge and daily massages. But toys add zest to life on board, while creating a deeper connection with the water. These days, there are a growing number of options for eco-friendly gadgets and equipment that deliver a greener way to play. These eight toys range from do-it-yourself-propulsion (waterborne fitness bikes) to electric foiling boards, from kayaks made of 100 percent recycled plastics to non-toxic, biodegradable golf balls with fish food inside. Your on-water adrenaline rushes don’t always have to be about noise and gas fumes. They can be fun, silent, and eco-conscious.

A game of golf isn’t just for land. Guests can play their best handicap from the deck with Albus Golf’s eco-friendly golf balls. The ecological and biodegradable golf balls are 100 percent safe for marine flora and fauna, and manufactured with non-contaminating materials. The balls will biodegrade within 48 hours after hitting the ocean and release the fish food contained in their core. For a complete golfing experience, add a floating FunAir green. From $3100 (FunAir Yacht Golf) and $315 a box (golf balls). funair.com

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The future of surf is electric, and Fliteboard offers an emissions-free and environmentally friendly electric hydrofoil. Flying over the water has never been as efficient and low impact, using new technologies with less than 750 watts of electric power. This second series boasts various performance factors for all riding styles. It also features an increased trigger range from 20 to 40 degrees for more precision and control. Fliteboard designed this series for every possible foiling ability, from newbies to wave-carvers. From $22,000. fliteboard.com

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Declared as the most sustainable SUP, the Ray Eco is the brainchild of the Zero Emissions Project and BoardLab, supported by Fanatic. Glass and carbon fibre have been replaced with sustainable Kiri tree wood. And you can forget toxic varnishes and resins; organic linseed oil has been used to seal the board and maintain its durability. This fast, light, and stable board is truly one of a kind, not available off the rack. This craftsman’s love for detail and preservation is another first-class quality of the board. From $10,000 boardlab.de

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The 50 Best Cocktail Bars in the World, According to a New Ranking

The World’s 50 Best organisation gave the Spanish bar Sips top honours during an awards ceremony in Singapore.

By Tori Latham 18/10/2023

If you’re looking for the best bar in the world, you better head to Barcelona.
Sips, from the industry luminaries Simone Caporale and Marc Álvarez, was named the No. 1 bar on the planet in the latest World’s 50 Best Bars ranking. The organisation held its annual awards ceremony on Tuesday in Singapore, the first time it hosted the gathering in Asia. Sips, which only opened two years ago, moved up to the top spot from No. 3 last year.
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The United States similarly had a good showing this year. New York City, in particular, is home to a number of the best bars: Overstory (No. 17) and Katana Kitten (No. 27) joined Double Chicken Please on the list.
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To celebrate their accomplishments, all of this year’s winners deserve a drink—made by somebody else at least just this once.
Check out the full list of the 50 best bars in the world below.
1. Sips, Barcelona
2. Double Chicken Please, New York
3. Handshake Speakeasy, Mexico City
4. Paradiso, Barcelona
5. Connaught Bar, London
6. Little Red Door, Paris
7. Licorería Limantour, Mexico City
8. Tayēr + Elementary, London
9. Alquímico, Cartagena
10. Himkok, Oslo
11. Tres Monos, Buenos Aires
12. Line, Athens
13. BKK Social Club, Bangkok
14. Jigger & Pony, Singapore
15. Maybe Sammy, Sydney
16. Salmon Guru, Madrid
17. Overstory, New York
18. Zest, Seoul
19. Mahaniyom Cocktail Bar, Bangkok
20. Coa, Hong Kong
21. Drink Kong, Rome
22. Hanky Panky, Mexico City
23. Caretaker’s Cottage, Melbourne
24. Café La Trova, Miami
25. Baba au Rum, Athens
26. CoChinChina, Buenos Aires
27. Katana Kitten, New York
28. Satan’s Whiskers, London
29. Wax On, Berlin
30. Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires
31. Röda Huset, Stockholm
32. Sago House, Singapore
33. Freni e Frizioni, Rome
34. Argo, Hong Kong
35. A Bar With Shapes for a Name, London
36. The SG Club, Tokyo
37. Bar Benfiddich, Tokyo
38. The Cambridge Public House, Paris
39. Panda & Sons, Edinburgh
40. Mimi Kakushi, Dubai
41. Scarfes Bar, London
42. 1930, Milan
43. Carnaval, Lima
44. L’Antiquario, Naples
45. Baltra Bar, Mexico City
46. Locale Firenze, Florence
47. The Clumsies, Athens
48. Atlas, Singapore
49. Jewel of the South, New Orleans
50. Galaxy Bar, Dubai

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