Comparative review – 3 Modern Worldtimer Watches from Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre and Montblanc
In this day and age the worldtimer is likely to be one of the most useful complications to be found in a mechanical timepiece. When Marshall McLuhan, a Canadian professor and philosopher of communication theory, wrote ‘The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man’ in 1962, not many could have foreseen how McLuhan’s description of the “Global Village” would became reality. Yet, today we live in that reality as McLuhan described, ‘the globe has been contracted into a village by electronic technology’. Hence the need to know the time in various time zones of our world, at a glance. Of course we could focus on a pluralism of devices that indicate time in more time zones, however here on Monochrome we focus on the most beautiful mechanical timepieces, and thus we have a closer look at three recent worldtimers, from three brands, which all share a design feat, namely a world map on the dial. Here are the Vacheron Constantin Traditionnelle World Time, the Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time and Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum.