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December 2, 2013

Glashütte Original Showcases Watch That Adapts to 37 Time Zones

By Chris Boyle

Glashutte Original Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon

Watchmaker Glashütte Original will showcase limited edition Grande Cosmpolite Tourbillon at new store.

A watch that tells 37 different time zones will be on display at Glashütte Original’s new boutique on Rue du Rhône, Geneva. The Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon is the manufacture’s latest watch. Only 25 pieces have been made.

The Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon is designed for the world traveler who wishes to keep track of both the home time and the destination time while traveling. The home time remains an unchanging point of reference and is presented at 6 o’clock on a dedicated 24-hour dial with a day/night indicator. The destination time appears at the centre of the main dial and tracks the local time at a given location away from home.

To begin using this exceptional timepiece, the owner first sets the hour and minute of the home time, which is followed by the synchronization of the home and destination times. When selecting the home time, the owner sets the time zone governing his or her usual place of residence, selecting it from among 37 different world time zones on the city ring and then adjusts for Standard Time (STD) or Daylight Saving Time (DST).

The time zones on the city ring are indicated using three-letter IATA codes (international airport codes) and are displayed in two small windows at 8 o’clock on the dial, one dedicated to Standard Time (STD), the other to Daylight Saving Time (DST). The owner then sets the Perpetual Calendar to reflect the current weekday, date, month and (leap) year.

The extraordinary mechanics of the Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon are set in motion by the traveler who wishes to change the destination time or who wants to simply observe an additional time zone. If heading East (forwards in time), the traveler turns the crown positioned at 2 o’clock clockwise; if travelling West (back in time), the crown is turned counter-clockwise. If the destination time is ahead or back a day, up to 5 displays of the Perpetual Calendar change accordingly.

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