Along with delicious treats, festive bubbly, and good company, a big highlight of any New Year’s Eve party is of course, the countdown! And depending on where you live, there are probably more than a handful of cities that will step into 2019 before you. This year, enjoy more than one countdown by ringing in the New Year across a slew of time zones with one of these world timer watches.
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph WT
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Polaris dive alarm watch, Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled a new Polaris collection this year, packed with watches inspired by that legendary vintage timepiece. A standout model is the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph WT, which sports a 44 mm titanium case and marries the chronograph, GMT, and world timer complications. The case houses a dial that not only includes three shades of blue but three distinct finishes too: opaline, graining, and sunray brushing. One glance at the dial and you’ll be able to read 24 of the world’s major cities at the same time.
Ulysse Nardin Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer
In 2017, Ulysse Nardin paired a world timer complication with their famed astronomical watch and unleashed the Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer. The generous 46 mm case of the Ulysse Nardin Executive Moonstruck Worldtimer is packed with functions including the position of the moon and sun in relation to earth, moon phases, a map of the tides, hour and minutes with instant time zone adjuster via the pushers at 8 and 10 o’clock, and of course, a worldtimer function for 24 cities. Available in rose gold or platinum, each version is limited to 100 pieces.
Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer
Omega’s first world timer watch, the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer was developed to mark the 15th anniversary of the Seamaster collection in 2017. Limited to only 87 pieces and crafted in platinum, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer features a sapphire crystal center subdial with a handmade enamel map of the world, framed by a 24-hour indicator. The oversized yellow gold tapered indexes and yellow gold broad-arrow center hands contrast sharply with the sandblasted platinum dial. The cities are cleverly color coded where red is GMT, blue represents places without daylight savings, and black text is used to write out the places that do add an additional hour in the summertime.
Louis Vuitton Escale Worldtime
For a truly festive take on the world time complication, look no further than the Louis Vuitton Escale Worldtime. Far from simply a fashion watch, Louis Vuitton’s acquisition of La Fabrique du Temps manufacture in 2011 signaled that the powerhouse luxury brand was ready to take watchmaking as seriously as they do leather goods. The Escale Worldtime’s 41 mm case accommodates a distinct dial layout. Featuring a yellow arrow pointing to the city representing local time (complete with miniature hand-painted flags) at 12 o’clock, the hour and minutes are displayed under the local city via rotating discs. Then, the time in other time zones can be read by lining up a city with the corresponding hour on the 24-hour display.