World-time functions have been available on digital watches at the press of a stud for over 30 years, but for world weary travelers touching down in a new time zone sometimes even that might be too much effort. To fill this admittedly niche market, Mr. Jones Watches has come up with its Time Traveler watch, which allows you to see at a glance what time it is in 16 different time zones – provided you’re good at recognizing landmarks.
At first, the Time Traveler looks a bit formidable with what looks like 16 hour hands. In fact, when you think about it, the watch only has one hour hand that points is split in 16 different directions to show the time around the world. To read the time in your zone, select the appropriate building (Big Ben for GMT, Statue of Liberty for U.S. Eastern time, and so on). For minutes, there’s a red pigeon, which the company called “the universal city dweller.” The breakdown of the available time zones is:
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- GMT -11
- GMT -10
- GMT -9
- GMT -8 Golden Gate Bridge (USA)
- GMT -7 Salt Lake Temple (USA)
- GMT -6 Sears Tower (USA)
- GMT -5 The Statue of Liberty (USA)
- GMT -4
- GMT -3
- GMT -2
- GMT -1
- GMT Big Ben (UK)
- GMT +1 Eiffel Tower (France)
- GMT +2 Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkey)
- GMT +3 Abraj Al-Bait Towers (Saudi Arabia)
- GMT +4 Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
- GMT +5 Minar-e-Pakistan
- GMT +6 Alma-Ata TV Tower (Kazakhstan)
- GMT +7 Baiyoke Tower II (Thailand)
- GMT +8 Oriental Pearl Tower (China)
- GMT +9 Tokyo Skytree (Japan)
- GMT +10 Sydney Tower (Australia)
- GMT +11
- GMT +12 Sky Tower (New Zealand)
Aside from needing to know a bit about architecture, the Time Traveler also sports a 24-hour dial, which will take a bit of getting used to unless you’re a submariner or a pilot. Unlike conventional 12-hour faces which the hand circumnavigates twice over the course of a day, the hands of the Time Traveler only make rotation over a 24-hour period with the upper semi-circle showing the hours from 6 am to 6 pm and the lower half the hours from 6 pm to 6 am.
Boasting a polished 316L stainless steel case, a black leather strap with black stitching and a Ronda 515-24H single jewel quartz mechanism, the Time Traveler is waterproof to five atmospheres (about 170 ft/50 m) and comes with a twelve month guarantee.
Only 100 units of the Time Traveler will be made with each watch numbered on the back of the case and packaged with a signed certificate by the designer. Even the packaging was specially commissioned from designer and printmaker Fanny Shorter and shows the 24-hour life cycle of the Mayfly. The Time Traveler sells for US$210.
The video below shows the Time Traveler watch in a one-day time lapse shot.