A Week On The Wrist: The Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC

A Week On The Wrist: The Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC

While the possibility of world time regions traces all the way back to the 1870s and crafted by Canadian Sandford Fleming, that development carried with it another arrangement of issues. Primarily, how to order and comprehend the organizing of the zones, and afterward, how best to decide any one zone’s balanced from your nearby time. Arrangements in that are presently bunch, from varieties of tickers set to different time regions in lodging entryways, to GMT complications that range from straightforward 12-hour bezels as far as possible up to astonishingly complicated worldtimers. 

Time Across The Globe

Worldtimers come in numerous shapes and estimates and keeping in mind that some figure out how to represent the 30 and 15-minute counterbalance zones (I’m taking a gander at you Newfoundland) and the lamentable reality of DST, the base idea is a fake watch prices that offers an effectively organized showcase of 24 standard time regions. The urban areas can shift, however the thought is that if the fake watch prices is set accurately in the client’s home zone, the showcase (frequently a 24-hour ring) will show the time on the whole of the other demonstrated zones. 

The Patek Philippe reference 1415 is an early worldtimer.

While some worldtimers work off of GMT/UTC counterbalances referred to against a 24-hour hand (like the Bremont ALT1-WT) or utilize an inactive city circle referred to against a 24 hour hand (like my vintage Seiko 6117-6400), the proportion of a genuine worldtimer is that the world time show is dynamic and runs in sync with the nearby showcase, taking into consideration the most fight free sign of world time. 

The idea of a world time show, explicitly the sort where a city ring surrounds the dial of a generally genuinely standard time show, traces all the way back to 1931 when a watchmaker named Louis Cottier built up the usefulness to at the same time show the world’s 24 standard time regions (utilizing a 24 hour ring and a movable city plate). While Cottier would at last impart this development to a few brands, the usefulness is most commonly ascribed to Patek Philippe models from the last part of the 30s, similar to the early reference 1415 , the rectangular ref 515, or dazzling early Calatrava-based models like this ref 96.HU .

Independent watchmaker Sven Andersen has become notable for his cutting edge Cottier-style worldtimers.

By 1950, Cottier had built up a two-crown framework that permitted basic setting of the city ring while at the same time shielding the showcase from incidental change, similarly as we see on the 1966 WW.TC. This development of world time usefulness was first seen on the Patek Philippe reference 2523 out of 1953 and has apparently become the exemplary format in the bloodline of worldtimers. 

The Cottier-style worldtimer would become an apparatus in world time fake watch prices and the following enormous development for the complication showed up in 2011, when Vacheron Constantin showed their 37-time region Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time at SIHH. Representing the global time regions that fall on 15 and 30-minute divisions, the Patrimony raised the stakes and it stays the useful pinnacle of present day worldtimer plan. While different variations and articulations have been presented, similar to the DST-following Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite , the genuine worldtimer stylish of endeavoring to tame all the world’s experience on a solitary dial has remained generally as Cottier envisioned it, harking back to the 30s.

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC

Traditional, exquisite, and downplayed, the 1966 WW.TC is an exemplary worldtimer.

All of this carries us to the Girard Perregaux 1966 WW.TC. Declared at SIHH in 2017, the 1966 WW.TC is a more held and dressy articulation of the normally bigger and more easygoing WW.TC range, which GP previously debuted in 2000. While a considerable lot of us would know the Girard-Perregaux WW.TC as a wearing 43mm+ combination of a chronograph and a worldtimer, the 1966 articulation is a smooth 40mm with an eye towards effortlessness, polish, and balance. 

The Basics

I’ve for quite some time been a devotee of the WW.TC, it was weird, offered in a reiteration of forms, and truly appeared to be GP’s play at making a component stuffed fake watch prices for the advanced fly set. They were made in everything from titanium to gold, and even as extraordinary releases for America’s Cup and Ferrari (to give some examples). In fact, the assortment is great and is essential for what makes the 1966 WW.TC stick out. Here we discover no chronograph, no force hold, no date – simply the time, little seconds, and world time. To my psyche, such a held way of thinking is the place where Girard-Perregaux truly sparkles, with the 1966 WW.TC functioning admirably close by its other 1966 relatives. For a long time, my (though rare) interest for a dress fake watch prices has tumbled to a basic GP hand-winder from the 60s and this is likely where I built up my desire for the brand’s more basic and held designs. 

The 1966 WW.TC has a 40mm cleaned steel case with twin marked crowns.

Two indistinguishable “GP” marked crowns flank the 1966 WW.TC’s 40mm steel case and the sub seconds sits offset on the dial with nothing to ruin a fairly significant evenness. Equilibrium is practically pointless, as beside the insignificant utilization of marking, I could part and mirror the 1966 WW.TC in Photoshop and a large portion of you wouldn’t take note. Moreover, the completely cleaned case is pleasantly executed, yet causes little to notice itself, save for its extremely short drags and extensive dial proportion. 

The dial is a stunning utilization of silver opaline with white metal markers, a blued steel hand for the sub seconds, and a split white/dim shading for the 24-hour show (to allow you to all the more likely foresee day and night in a given time zone). 

A show case back offers an unmistakable perspective on the programmed GP type GP03300-0027.

It’s difficult to contend with the estimation of usefulness without complexity, it’s the reason we like a basic Swiss Army blade, or why I love 12-hour bezels. With the 1966 WW.TC, that basic however valuable showcase is fueled by GP’s in-house type GP03300-0027. A programmed development ticking at 4Hz, the GP03300-0027 has exactly 248 components (counting 32 gems) and flaunts Côtes de Genève completing and a force save of no under 46 hours. Pleasantly completed and obvious through the 1966 WW.TC’s showcase case back, during my utilization this development kept fantastic time and worked without issue. 

The Design

Devoid of messiness and even, the 1966 WW.TC is neat and pleasantly proportioned.

If you consider the possibility of a negligible worldtimer (senseless, yes), this would be it. Girard-Perregaux has refined the 1966 WW.TC down to simply the fundamentals, and in a world that is continually yelling the time at you (particularly when voyaging), I truly appreciate this methodology. Moreover, from a brand perhaps most popular for utilizing multifaceted scaffolds, tourbillons, and stunt consistent power escapements, the 1966 WW.TC is something of an anomaly. It offers usefulness credited to complexity however does as such with insignificant visual baggage. 

With abundant space for every city and little subtleties like the applied markers and blued seconds hand, the dial of the 1966 WW.TC figures out how to offer a scramble of common sense with the typical sentiment of a worldtimer.

In activity, it would likewise be difficult to make a worldtimer with considerably less than we find on the 1966 WW.TC. The three o’clock crown sets the time (alongside the synchronized 24-hour show), and the nine o’clock crown adjusts the city show. When you have the neighborhood time set on the primary showcase, simply pivot the city circle until your nearby city lines up with a similar time on the 24-hour ring. While the two crowns do screw down, water obstruction is just 3 ATM and I accept the screw down component is to forestall the city plate from being waywardly changed by a sleeve or the rear of one’s wrist. When set, the 24-hour show pivots alongside the nearby hour show to guarantee every one of the 24 time regions stay composed. Stunningly easy to use, in contrast to some dynamic worldtimers, both the time and reference city can be set one or the other way on the 1966 WW.TC. 

While basic in its showcase, the worldtimer offers a complication that is valuable both for explorers or the individuals who often interface with changed time regions. With the 1966 WW.TC on wrist, you can be liberated from the oppression of composing “time” and afterward the name of a city into Google (in any event for the 24 zones demonstrated on the dial). 

On The Wrist

At simply 46mm drag to carry, this is likely the main WW.TC that will be at home on a more modest wrist.

At 40mm wide, 12mm thick, and 46mm haul to drag, the 1966 WW.TC wears without breaking a sweat not common to either the WW.TC family or worldtimers on the loose. Weight as well, even on the steel multi-connect wristband, is a sensible 121g (when estimated for my 7-inch wrist). In the event that you could do without a wristband, particularly on a fake watch prices this dressy, there is an alternative of a crocodile calfskin lash with a collapsing steel fasten. Furthermore, for those needing something a smidgen more sumptuous, the 1966 WW.TC can likewise be had in pink gold on a croc calfskin strap. 

Providing you’re ready for the dressy look, the 1966 WW.TC wears truly well on wrist. It’s little, yet not so little that the world time show looks squeezed. On the wristband, it has a wonderful and recognizable weight, and the precious stone works effectively of overseeing reflections, particularly for being domed. The steel wristband utilizes a comfy five-interface plan that lies level and is gotten by a twofold collapsing butterfly-style clasp. 

The effortlessness of the 1966 WW.TC’s plan manages the cost of it an easygoing flexibility for a wide scope of dress.

It’s slender enough to sneak by a sleeve, and for a person that often wears an old skindiver or a beat up Aerospace, the 1966 WW.TC feels truly extraordinary. I like the basic text style and the little sun and moon symbols on the 24-hour ring. I like the additional detail of the applied markers at 12, 3, and 9 and I like that the markers get the light in precisely the same manner as the leaf-style hands. Strangely, in the wake of taking a gander at the thick markers and handsets common to other WW.TCs, I came to value that there is no lume anyplace on the dial of the 1966. 

Most of all, I love that GP hardened the plan by leaving nothing unnecessary. No extra complications, no effort to address the globe in the focal point of the dial (an annoyance of mine), no wild utilization of shading, nothing hindering the center presentations. Indeed, the Vacheron Overseas has more zones, yet they are so firmly stuffed into the city ring that they become hard to determine. Indeed, the Frederique Constant is far less expensive, however the date show covers a decent piece of the city plate. Indeed, the Louis Vuitton Escale is somewhat more modest and more slender, however you’ll probably be squinting to peruse any of the time regions. The GP feels certain, loose, and never appears to get in its own specific manner. Most worldtimers are outwardly very complicated, and the 1966 WW.TC’s effortlessness is ostensibly its best element. While the maturing broker in the seat close to you starts to perspire attempting to decide the time region in another city on his Patrimony, you’ll be done in a glance. 


The brilliant Montblanc Orbis Terrarum.

Price comparisons for worldtimers can be precarious, as it’s a complication with a bigger number of flavors than Ben and Jerry’s. That being said, with a rundown cost of $13,000 USD ($12,300 on calfskin), the steel Girard-Perregaux 1966 WW.TC is positively not modest. Compared to a scope of other steel worldtimers of comparative size, we discover the Frederique Constant around $3,500, the Montblanc Orbis Terrarum around $6,600, the 42mm Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One at $12,800, the almost 42mm wide JLC Geophysic Universal Time at $14,000, and afterward we proceed onward to considerably more costly models from VC, Patek, and Lange. 

Within the 24-hour format of an exemplary worldtimer, the 1966 WW.TC will unquestionably need to compete with any semblance of the Chopard and the JLC referenced previously. I imagine that while every one of the three are tastefully very unique, they share a comparable space and would be on the radar of any all around read purchaser. The Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One has a more energetic and lively utilization of shading and crown position and works effectively of coordinating a date without compromising the usefulness of the world time show. The L.U.C additionally offers more water obstruction, a more extended force hold, a radiant showcase, and a pleasantly completed COSC development. Compared to the GP, the Chopard is bigger (+2mm) and the two offer minimal as far as styling.

The nitty gritty and delightfully completed Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time.

Compared with the 41.6mm Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time , the GP likewise faces intense competition. While I boundlessly lean toward the straightforward dial plan of the 1966 WW.TC, it’s exceptionally difficult to contend with the appeal of in a real sense any complication from JLC. Usefulness has been adjusted to a solitary crown and keeping in mind that outwardly more compressed and complicated than the 1966 WW.TC, the Geophysic Universal Time has an eye-getting utilization of shading and, having had one on wrist, I can affirm that readability is still very strong.

Another great choice in the worldtimer space, the energetic Chopard LUC Time Traveler One.

To my preferences, the Chopard is the most fascinating and the best highlighted, the JLC the most moderate (to purchase, not in plan), and the 1966 WW.TC is the best size and the most traditionally disapproved. With a Cottier-style two-crown design and no extra complications, this is the worldtimer for somebody who needs to see those 24 time regions and little else. In spite of being something of a periphery complication, the 1966 WW.TC is not without its competition and you could nearly guarantee that, given a wide enough financial plan, the present worldtimer aficionado is ruined for choice.

While the GP isn’t the least expensive, nor should it be, it spaces in pleasantly with comparable competition from JLC and Chopard. In case you’re available to choices up to 46mm, the lux worldtimer field becomes extremely swarmed, with extra choices from Breitling, IWC, Breguet, Zenith, Baume & Mercier, and numerous more. I, in any case, would recommend adhering to something somewhat more modest.

Last Thoughts

Another illustration of “toning it down would be best” thinking, the 1966 WW.TC renounces its archetype’s extra complications and prevails with regards to offering an extremely engaged and exquisite articulation of a conventional worldtimer.

From the Zenith Doublematic to the Tissot Heritage Navigator, I love worldtimers and keeping in mind that it took me the better piece of a year, I needed to look at this new, more modest WW.TC. While the dressy look isn’t one that accommodates my everyday, I truly trust we see this organization ported to another age of consistently (even energetic) WW.TCs that keep the available estimating and straightforward dial format while offering a tad of the oddness that filled my interest of the WW.TC line numerous years prior (think titanium, elastic tie, and more amazing water resistance).

By assignment and complication alone, worldtimers do a great deal and Girard-Perregaux has been astute to let the 1966 WW.TC adhere to its center competency as a worldtimer and unhesitatingly leave all the other things to other watches. 

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