Swiss watchmaker RAYMOND WEIL recently unveiled its new freelancer GMT Worldtimer timepiece which is able to display the prevailing hour in 24 different time zones simultaneously. This new model has a beautifully crafted complexity about it despite being remarkably slim, with the stainless steel case measuring only 40.5mm in diameter and 9.7mm in thickness.
The watch dial has a rotating track marked with one prominent city for each time zone. The city disk is positioned adjacent to a 24-hour scale, indicating the relevant hour in each location shown, no matter what time of day or night it is.
The barrel-shaped hour and minute hands are able to indicate the local time that can be changed to reflect whichever time zone you are in. And as well as displaying the local time, the city disc simultaneously reveals the relevant hour for each of the remaining 23 time zones. A black GMT hand, featuring a prominent triangular red and white tip indicates the prevailing hour at home, whilst a highly legible lollipop hand completes the set of hands, which along with the indexes are treated with Super-Luminova, emitting either a blue or green glow depending on their functional role to ensure legibility in low light and at night.
The freelancer GMT Worldtimer is fitted with the new Calibre RW3230; a Swiss automatic self-winding movement with a power reserve of 50 hours, and which can be seen through the exhibition caseback.
Available in either black or green gradient dial tones, the RAYMOND WEIL freelancer GMT Worldtimer is available in either black or green gradient dial tones and comes with a colour-coordinated genuine calf leather strap with tone-on-tone stitching and stainless steel folding clasp, along with a double push-security system.
The black dial version features a stainless steel case coated with black DLC which gives the watch an understated yet sophisticated appearance, while the green is paired with a bronze bezel and crown, giving it a military look.
Both watches are water resistant to 100 metres or 330 feet and are available to purchase at Raymond-weil.co.uk, priced at £2,495.
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a former member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Photographs courtesy of RAYMOND WEIL