As the internet hits scale, connecting humanity in ways previously unthinkable, it is more important than ever to track more than one time zone. This used to be the specific domain of intercontinental pilots, diplomats and finance professionals, but no longer. Thankfully, watch brands are recognising this demand for watches that track multiple time zones, meaning there are more on the market than ever before. Here are the best GMT watches of 2018.
G-SHOCK GMW-B5000TFG-9 35TH ANNIVERSARY GOLD ALL METAL MASTERPIECE
The one that started it all 35 years ago has been reborn, with everything, from its case and caseback to its bracelet, made of stainless steel for the first time. G-Shock are celebrating with this limited edition version that’s coated in an all gold-coloured ion plating. Bluetooth connectivity allows the user to automatically set the local time or adjust world times and alarms from their phone.
Ref No. GMW-B5000TFG-9, Case size 49.3mm, Case material Steel, Movement Tough solar, Price $1049
The brainchild of international photographer and watch collector Ming Thein, the Ming 17.03 retains all the distinctive characteristics of the 2017-released 17.01. From its flared lugs and floating numerals to its 38mm nitrogen-filled titanium case and a dial design that defies description. Inside is a Sellita SW330-1 automatic movement, which upgrades the movement, but also the added functionality of GMT complication.
Ref No. 1703M, Case size 38mm, Case material Titanium, Movement SW330-1, Price 1300 CHF
MIDO MULTIFORT GMT
The Côtes de Genève – or Geneva Stripes as it is otherwise known – is perhaps the best-known motif to decorate watch movements. Mido take the characteristic vertical stripes so often seen on base plates and introduce this treatment to their dials. It creates an effect that is equally as subtle as it is dramatic. This new iteration of the Multifort adds a useful GMT hand to the mix, along with an internal bezel marked with a 24-hour scale.
Ref No.M005.929.11.051.00, Case size 42mm, Case material Steel, Movement ETA 2893-2, Price $1625
TUDOR BLACK BAY GMT
This one has been on wish lists for a while now, and the wait has been worth it. This Black Bay brings all the vintage-inspired charm of the original, adding an additional red snowflake GMT hand and a burgundy and blue bezel. On the inside is a new Tudor manufactured, fully integrated GMT movement, which allows for the local hour hand to be adjusted in one-hour increments without interrupting accuracy. You’ll never miss a flight again with this travel-timer.
Ref No. 79830RB, Case size 41mm, Case material Steel, Movement MT5652, Price $4670
TAG HEUER CARRERA GMT HEUER 02
The Heuer 02, the next generation of TAG Heuer’s mechanical chronograph movement, has been augmented with a GMT complication for the first time inside this avant-garde take on the sporty Carrera. A stripped back dial features an additional bright red hand that indicates a second time zone by pointing to the 24-hour scale of its bicoloured ceramic bezel. This watch is large and very much in charge on the wrist.
Ref No. CBG2A1Z, Case size 45mm, Case material Steel, Movement Heuer 02, Price $7750
ROLEX GMT-MASTER II
Almost as fun as exploring the halls and highlights of Baselworld are the guessing games that precede it. That speculation runs wild every year around Rolex’s newest novelties. This latest release surprised everyone. This new GMT-Master II has a case in Oystersteel (Rolex’s proprietary steel alloy) a Cerachrom bezel in red and blue “Pepsi” colours, a revamped jubilee bracelet and the new calibre 3285 movement inside.
Ref No. 126710BLRO, Case size 40mm, Case material Oystersteel, Movement 3285, Price $11,750
ROLEX GMT-MASTER II
(yes, there are two of them, but you can’t ignore an office favourite)
While the other big release from Rolex at Baselworld added a little all-steel “Pepsi” bezel love to the collection, this new version of the GMT-Master II adds a spot of grandeur. This is the first time Rolex has presented this model in rose or, as they call it, Everose gold, and the effect is hot, literally, with warming hues of a black and brown on the Cerachrom bezel.
Ref No. 126711CHNR, Case size 40mm, Case material Oystersteel and Everose gold, Movement 3285, Price $17,800
GRAND SEIKO BLUE CERAMIC HI-BEAT GMT “SPECIAL” LIMITED EDITION
Celebrating 20 years of the Calibre 9S movement – found in everything from humble three-handers to hi-beats and GMTs – this new release from Grand Seiko features a two-tone case crafted from high-intensity titanium and blue zirconia ceramic. Making it “Special” is the hi-beat 9S86 GMT movement inside that’s adjusted to an accuracy of +4/-2 seconds a day, placing it among the most accurate mechanical movements on the market.
Ref No. SBGJ229, Case size 46.4mm, Case material Ceramic and Titanium, Movement 9S86, Price $21,400
FRANCK MULLER VANGUARD WORLD TIMER GMT
If the name doesn’t give it away, then surely the world map emanating from the centre of this latest Vanguard does. It allows the wearer to read 24 respective times around the globe all at once, a pusher at four advances the smaller red-tipped hand in one-hour increments, enabling a second reference time to be set. Yet another useful and flamboyant high-end lifestyle piece from a brand whose wearers spend more time at 30,000 feet than the average.
Ref No. V 45 HU 5NBR, Case size 44mm, Case material 18k rose gold, Movement MVT.2802GMT24HM, Price $46,900
PANERAI L’ASTRONOMO LUMINOR 1950 TOURBILLON MOON PHASES EQUATION OF TIME GMT
Impressive name, even more impressive watch. Believe it or not, this is the first time we’ve seen a moon phase made by Panerai. Yes, on the back of the P.2005/GLS movement is a day-night indicator displaying the phase of the moon. Each watch is made to its owner’s chosen coordinates, displaying the exact phase as it relates to the sky above.
Ref No. PAM00920, Case size 50mm, Case material Titanium, Movement P.2005/GLS , Price €190,000[tt_in_content_assets_2]