Best Travel Watches 2022 – Best Luxury Watches

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Greubel Forsey

On New Year’s Day 1914, six months before the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the world premiere commercial airline scheduled flight landed in Tampa, Florida. Since the plane took off from nearby St. Petersburg, neither pilots nor passengers have had to worry about adjusting their watches for a time zone change. As travelers, we have literally come a long way since then. A century ago, as an American, the idea of ​​vacationing in, say, Tokyo would have been bizarre, to say the least. Now a New Yorker can fly straight to Narita International in 14 hours (only Santa’s sleigh could compete) and with the right watch can track multiple time zones in style. Here, presented in no particular order, is a survey of seven of our favorite travel watches for the holidays.

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In 1955, as international air travel became a reality, Pan Am asked Rolex to design a watch that allowed its pilots to read the time in two zones. The first model, reference number 6542, came with a blue and red rotating bezel (“Pepsi” among collectors). The 40mm green and black GMT-Master IIa destro (the crown and date window are positioned on the left side of the case) riff on the original, was introduced earlier this year to much fanfare.

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Watch attentively. Can you see those ocean waves between continents on the dial of the new (43.9mm, rose gold) Marine Hora Mundi? It’s meticulous hand-engraving you see, a signature of the legendary brand, which was once Queen Marie Antoinette’s watchmaker. In the vast world of watchmaking, Breguet paved the way for the guilloché.

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Who doesn’t love a knurled bezel? (I’m just saying knurled aloud is a pleasure.) But this meeting of texture on the 40 mm stainless steel case with that of the Grain d’Orge guilloché dial, not to mention the elegant flyback function of the movement gives the Tonda GMT Rattrapante a classification in three S: simple, elegant and sexy.

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Stephen Forsey, one of the most revered living watchmakers, has now made sure you can wear the world on your wrist. The 46.5 mm titanium case, rubber strap GMT Balancer Convex features an embossed mini-Earth that, like the real thing, rotates on a full 24-hour cycle.

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Switching between time zones doesn’t get any easier or more chic than with the 38.5mm white gold world time reference 5231G. The iconic design – one of many grail-status watches from Patek Philippe – has been updated this year, with a depiction of Southeast Asia and Oceania on its Grand Feu cloisonné enamel dial. .

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If there was any doubt that the 90s are back, look no further than the Bulgari Aluminum GMT. The 40mm rubber and aluminum collection may have debuted in 1998, but the new GMT model has become a darling of the 2022 luxury watch crowd. With its Palladian proportions, great readability and that inimitable cool factor of Bulgari, is it surprising?

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The latest addition to the French luxury brand’s Arceau line, originally launched in 1978, The Time Traveler is a 38mm travel watch that demands your attention. Look carefully at the card on its blue galvanized dial. Can you identify the continents? No, you can’t, because it’s an imaginary world created by Jérôme Colliard. Eventually, after running out of places to visit for holidays abroad, we will have to think of a new place. Fortunately, Hermès is already ahead of us.

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