Dou­ble Time

A me­chan­i­cal time­piece might seem out­dated, but a GMT watch with a sec­ond time zone re­mains use­ful for fre­quent fly­ers. And, judg­ing by 2018’s crop, watch­mak­ers ex­pect a lot of air time

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We all have our own ways of deal­ing with jet lag – and, like Bill Mur­ray’s char­ac­ter in Lost in Trans­la­tion, they can in­volve as many mid­night trips to the ho­tel’s gym as to the bar. But what if nei­ther lulls you into a slum­ber? Maybe it’s time to get some work done. A glance at your GMT watch tells you it’s mid­night here in Hong Kong, but your col­league John is on dead­line at the Lon­don of­fice and could do with a hand at 6pm. This was the point of GMT watches – with the rise of the jet age in the 1950s, a de­vice was needed to let pi­lots keep tabs on the clock at both their ori­gin and des­ti­na­tion.

Though our in­stantly sync­ing smart de­vices have called time on the orig­i­nal func­tion of the GMT in­di­ca­tor, this year’s boom in watches with dual-time ca­pa­bil­ity proves that it’s still a pop­u­lar tool. Not only do you have the nov­elty of your own minia­ture observatory strapped to your wrist, but the va­ri­ety of cre­ative, colour­ful ways to dis­play that sec­ond time zone has re­sulted in a world of dif­fer­ent looks. And with us clock­ing up more air miles than ever and 37 time zones to ne­go­ti­ate, it’s all the more rea­son to in­vest.

01° Oris Pro­diver GMT £2,520 For all their en­gi­neer­ing, div­ing watches rarely go deeper than the gym pool, but it’s their strap­ping looks that make them shine. Oris has upped that aes­thetic ap­peal fur­ther with the ad­di­tion of a GMT com­pli­ca­tion. With its burly case, you’ll not be lack­ing in wrist pres­ence – in or out of the wa­ter.

02° Hamil­ton Jazzmas­ter Trav­eler GMT Auto £860 An em­i­nently af­ford­able Swiss GMT me­chan­i­cal, your bang for your buck here is al­most deafen­ing. Not only does it have dual-time GMT ca­pa­bil­i­ties, read from the 24-hour nu­mer­als, but its hand­some mid-cen­tury styling will never go out of fash­ion.

03° Ball Watch Com­pany Mag­nate GMT £2,730 This brawny Ball’s green GMT hand makes it bang on-trend. Its Swiss chronome­ter move­ment, shock-proof crown and tri­tium-gas nu­mer­als (which glow vi­brantly with­out the need to be charged by a light source) make it a wise choice for the in­trepid trav­eller.

04° TAG Heuer Car­rera Heuer 02 Chrono­graph GMT £4,900 You’re guar­an­teed a rock-solid time­piece with Heuer, and this GMT chrono is one of the brand’s finest it­er­a­tions of its iconic Car­rera to date. Boast­ing a 75-hour power re­serve and a skele­tonised dial, it will mes­merise the me­chan­i­cally minded for hours.

05° Tu­dor Black Bay GMT £2,790 Tu­dor’s Black Bay line con­tin­ues to grow and this year’s GMT model has got pulses rac­ing. The Pepsi colour con­fig­u­ra­tion is a nod to the watches worn by Pan Am pi­lots in the 1950s. The bezel ro­tates, so you can use the big-ar­rowed 24-hour hand to track a third time zone.

06° DS Ac­tion GMT Certina Pow­er­matic 80 £765 The green-ac­cented DS Ac­tion has a novel, colour- co­or­di­nated Su­per-lu­mi­nova GMT hand and a power re­serve that will keep it tick­ing for 80 hours on down days. This sporty piece is ready for any­thing – and won’t leave your wal­let un­der­nour­ished.

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