For the frequent business traveler, one watch feature is indispensable: the dual time-zone display.
Swiss watchmaker Oris has featured one in their Worldtimer program since 1997, but with the release of the new Big Crown ProPilot Worldtimer, they’ve streamlined it into a deceptively simple, pitch-perfect design.
The biggest change: unlike the busy two-pusher design of its predecessors (which forced the user to adjust the hour hand in one-hour “jumps”), the Big Crown ProPilot features a new textured bezel that smoothly and seamlessly adjusts the time. Simply twist forward or backward when crossing into a new time zone, and you’re good to go — a patented system you won’t find elsewhere.
Oris Worldtimer (2 images)
The watch is on the larger end with its 44.7mm stainless steel case, but that serves to make the sub-dials easy to read at all times, day and night. From there, the complications follow the standards set by previous iterations: one sub-register at 3 o'clock shows home time (with date and day/night indicators set in), with another sub-register at 9 o'clock displaying seconds.
But don’t confuse the Worldtimer with a “world time” watch. The latter, simply put, is a designation for timepieces that show all 24 time zones simultaneously, with one city designated for each on a bezel. So the Oris Worldtimer, as Hodinkee notes, is technically a dual time-zone, or GMT, watch.
Whatever you call it, it's an effortless wristwatch suitable for any country-hopping gent, whether for business, pleasure or a bit of both.
And starting at $3,600, you’ll have more to spend on airfare, as watches with similar features usually go for double or triple that amount.