Whether your travel plans this year include adrenaline-spiked adventures or exotic explorations, the trusty company of a reliable wristwatch is a must for every traveller’s packing list. Long-running power reserves that endure through unexpected delays, hardy exteriors to withstand stormy landings, and precision that persists through time zones and jet lag make this year’s collection of travel-friendly watches practical and effortlessly elegant.
Lo Scienziato Luminor 1950 Tourbillon GMT Titanio Watch Ref.: PAM00767
A new version of one of the most innovative creations of the Panerai Manufacture, Lo Scienziato features a 3D-printed Titanium case, produced with direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) — 3D-printing technology that allows metal parts to be created or cavities to be moulded layer by layer. The result is a watch that is remarkably lightweight, particularly considering its technical features, including a day/night dial and dual time zones. At 3 o’clock, another small dial indicates whether the central second time zone hand (GMT) refers to day or night with a white arrow. Other features: Small seconds dial at 9 o’clock. A power reserve of six days with indication of remaining power on the back. P.2005/T Skeletonized movement with tourbillon regulator. Water resistance 100 metres.
At Palladio, (604) 685-3885, panerai.com
Polaris Chronograph Watch Ref.: 905T471
This timepiece features two complications: a chronograph with twin counters, and the time in 24 key cities of the world. Turning the crown at 10 o’clock on the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph WT enables positioning of the indicated time on the day/night disk in correspondence with the cities. This ingenious mechanism takes into account daylight saving time with a small white triangle that shifts the indicated time by one hour. Three finishes — opaline, graining, and sunray brushing — lend the black sporty dial profound visual depth. Available with interchangeable calfskin and alligator straps in a variety of colour options. Other features: 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock and hour counter at 9 o’clock. Water resistance 100 metres.
At Boutique Jaeger-LeCoultre Vancouver, (604) 266-8333, jaeger-lecoultre.com
Grand Complications Watch Ref.: 5531R
The latest Patek Philippe 5531R is the brand’s most legendary minute repeater. Minute repeaters chime the hours and minutes at the push of a button. Already an auction bestseller around the world, the 2017 model saw yet another upgrade. This new version is the first to combine a minute repeater and World Time display, and is engineered with a new calibre movement and 22k-gold minirotor. The minute repeater is ingeniously engineered to chime the local time (for whatever city the wearer sets at the 12 o’clock position). Most minute repeaters are connected to the minute and hour hands, so they chime the home time. The newest enamelled dial depicts Geneva’s beautiful Lac Léman. Power reserve 43 to 48 hours.
At Brinkhaus Jewellers, (604) 689-7055, patek.com
Villeret Quantième Complet GMT Watch Ref.: 6676-1127-55B
Blancpain’s native village of Villeret lends its name to the most classic collection from the manufacture, marked by its clean timeless lines, sharp dials, and slender double-stepped cases. The latest model shows complicated functions of double time zone, moon phases, date, and days, using just one crown to adjust all functions. White grand feu enamel dial is set with silver-tone Roman numerals. Other features: Day and month aperture displays at 12 o’clock and classical moon phase aperture at 6 o’clock. Blued steel serpentine hand for the calendar display. Red arrow shows the second time zone. Water resistance 30 metres.
Senator Cosmopolite Watch Ref.: 1-89-02-03-02-01
Glashütte Original’s new model Senator Cosmopolite shows of a 44mm stainless steel case and the elegant contrast of navy blue Arabic numerals set upon a varnished matte white dial. Two small display windows show destinations with the IATA International Airport codes at 8 o’clock. Daylight saving time can be set separately and displayed at the main dial. Other features: A small seconds dial at 6 o’clock and date at 4 o’clock. Local time dial display at 12 o’clock, also showing day and night and power reserve. A newly designed day/night display at 9 o’clock. Power reserve at least 72 hours. Water resistance 50 metres.
At Lugaro Jewellers, (604) 925-2043, glashuette-original.com