Oris Just Debuted an Ingenious New Watch for Business Travelers

Changing time zones has never been more seamless

By Alex Lauer

Oris Just Debuted an Ingenious New Watch for Business Travelers
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17 August 2017

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.

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