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

Men's Health (Australia) - - GROOMING -

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 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 Syd­ney, but your col­league John is on a 3pm dead­line at the Lon­don of­fice and could do with a hand. 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° Bell & Ross BRV2-93 GMT $5500

This sporty GMT is a watch for the truly jet-set. The rea­son? It pro­vides the time in three dif­fer­ent global lo­ca­tions. The or­ange hand indi­cates a se­cond time­zone while the 24-hour bezel al­lows a third time­zone read­ing. The only miss­ing fea­ture is a func­tion to cal­cu­late your Fre­quent Flyer points.

02° TAG Heuer Car­rera Heuer 02 Chrono­graph GMT $7750

You’re guar­an­teed a rock-solid time­piece with TAG, 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.

03° Tu­dor Black Bay GMT $4670

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.

04° Mido Mul­ti­fort GMT $1625

Mido is a Swiss watch brand that de­liv­ers se­ri­ous bang for your buck. Here, you get the GMT func­tion plus a top-notch ETA move­ment that’s vis­i­ble through a sap­phire case­back. But it’s a hand­some fel­low, too, with the tex­tured dial and a lick of colour guar­an­teed to catch the eye.

05° Fred­erique Con­stant Run­about GMT $2650

There’s a classy re­straint about the Run­about, with its white in­dices and clean, well-pro­por­tioned dial that’s en­livened by the skel­tonised blue GMT hand. Fred­erique Con­stant is all about af­ford­able lux­ury, but this watch reeks of busi­ness class.

06° Omega Sea­mas­ter Planet Ocean 600m Co-ax­ial GMT $15,075

At 45.5mm wide, this is a big boy. But de­spite its heft, this diver is sur­pris­ingly light – the glossy case­body has been crafted from a sin­gle block of ce­ramic. GMT func­tion­al­ity is all present and cor­rect, but this is also a se­ri­ous diver: it’s wa­ter-re­sis­tant to 600m.

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY PHILIP LE MASURIER

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