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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 advancement carried with it another arrangement of issues. Chiefly, how to arrange and comprehend the organizing of the zones, and afterward, how best to decide any one zone’s counterbalanced from your neighborhood time. Arrangements in that are presently heap, from varieties of clocks set to different time regions in inn halls, to GMT complications that range from straightforward 12-hour bezels as far as possible up to stunningly complicated worldtimers. 

Time Across The Globe

Worldtimers come in numerous shapes and measures and keeping in mind that some figure out how to represent the 30 and 15-minute balance zones (I’m taking a gander at you Newfoundland) and the deplorable reality of DST, the base idea is a watch that offers an effectively planned showcase of 24 standard time regions. The urban areas can shift, however the thought is that if the watch is set accurately in the client’s home zone, the presentation (regularly a 24-hour ring) will show the time taking all things together of the other demonstrated zones. 

The Patek Philippe reference 1415 is an early worldtimer.

While some worldtimers work off of GMT/UTC balances referred to against a 24-hour hand (like the Bremont ALT1-WT) or utilize a latent 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 account the most fight free sign of world time. 

The idea of a world time show, explicitly the sort where a city ring circles 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 all the while show the world’s 24 standard time regions (utilizing a 24 hour ring and a flexible city plate). While Cottier would eventually impart this advancement 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 advanced Cottier-style worldtimers.

By 1950, Cottier had built up a two-crown framework that permitted straightforward setting of the city ring while at the same time shielding the presentation from unintentional 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 of every 1953 and has apparently become the exemplary format in the bloodline of worldtimers. 

The Cottier-style worldtimer would become an installation in world time watches and the following enormous advancement for the complication showed up in 2011, when Vacheron Constantin showed their 37-time region Patrimony Traditionnelle World Time at SIHH. Representing the worldwide time regions that fall on 15 and 30-minute divisions, the Patrimony raised the stakes and it stays the useful pinnacle of current worldtimer plan. While different transformations and articulations have been presented, similar to the DST-following Glashütte Original Senator Cosmopolite , the genuine worldtimer tasteful of endeavoring to tame all the world’s experience on a solitary dial has remained to a great extent as Cottier envisioned it, thinking 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. Reported at SIHH in 2017, the 1966 WW.TC is a more held and dressy articulation of the commonly bigger and more easygoing WW.TC range, which GP previously debuted in 2000. While a large number of us would know the Girard-Perregaux WW.TC as a brandishing 43mm+ hybrid 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 an aficionado of the WW.TC, it was weird, offered in a reiteration of renditions, and truly appeared to be GP’s play at making a component stuffed watch for the cutting edge fly set. They were made in everything from titanium to gold, and even as extraordinary versions for America’s Cup and Ferrari (to give some examples). Undoubtedly, the assortment is amazing 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 (but rare) interest for a dress watch has tumbled to a straightforward GP hand-winder from the 60s and this is likely where I built up my preference 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 somewhat significant balance. Equilibrium is practically futile, as beside the insignificant utilization of marking, I could part and mirror the 1966 WW.TC in Photoshop and the majority 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 hauls and far reaching dial proportion. 

The dial is a flawless 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 straightforward however helpful presentation 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 hold of no under 46 hours. Pleasantly completed and obvious through the 1966 WW.TC’s showcase case back, during my utilization this development kept brilliant time and worked without issue. 

The Design

Devoid of messiness and even, the 1966 WW.TC is readable 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 essentials, 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 many-sided spans, tourbillons, and stunt steady power escapements, the 1966 WW.TC is something of an exception. It offers usefulness ascribed to complexity yet does as such with negligible visual baggage. 

With sufficient 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 reasonableness 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 nearby time set on the fundamental showcase, simply turn the city circle until your neighborhood 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 element is to forestall the city circle from being deviantly changed by a sleeve or the rear of one’s wrist. When set, the 24-hour show pivots alongside the neighborhood hour show to guarantee each of the 24 time regions stay composed. Astonishingly 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 straightforward in its presentation, the worldtimer offers a complication that is valuable both for voyagers or the individuals who much of the time interface with differed 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 showed on the dial). 

On The Wrist

At simply 46mm haul 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 carry, the 1966 WW.TC wears without any difficulty not common to either the WW.TC family or worldtimers on the loose. Weight as well, even on the steel multi-interface arm band, is a sensible 121g (when measured for my 7-inch wrist). On the off chance that you could do without a wristband, particularly on a watch this dressy, there is a choice of a croc calfskin lash with a collapsing steel catch. Moreover, for those needing something a smidgen more extravagant, the 1966 WW.TC can likewise be had in pink gold on a gator cowhide strap. 

Providing you’re ready for the dressy look, the 1966 WW.TC wears truly well on wrist. It’s little, however not so little that the world time show looks squeezed. On the arm band, it has a charming and perceptible weight, and the precious stone works really hard 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 adaptability for a wide scope of dress.

It’s slim enough to sneak by a sleeve, and for a person that regularly wears an old skindiver or a beat up Aerospace, the 1966 WW.TC feels truly unique. I like the basic textual 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, subsequent to 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 obstructing the center showcases. Indeed, the Vacheron Overseas has more zones, however they are so firmly stuffed into the city ring that they become hard to determine. Indeed, the Frederique Constant is far less expensive, yet 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 sure, 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 seemingly its best component. While the maturing financier 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 vivid Montblanc Orbis Terrarum.

Price comparisons for worldtimers can be precarious, as it’s a complication with a larger number of flavors than Ben and Jerry’s. That being said, with a rundown cost of $13,000 USD ($12,300 on cowhide), 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 substantially more costly models from VC, Patek, and Lange. 

Within the 24-hour format of an exemplary worldtimer, the 1966 WW.TC will certainly 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 comparative space and would be on the radar of any all around read purchaser. The Chopard L.U.C Time Traveler One has a more young 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 likewise offers more water obstruction, a more extended force hold, a brilliant showcase, and a pleasantly completed COSC development. Compared to the GP, the Chopard is bigger (+2mm) and the two offer minimal regarding styling.

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

Compared with the 41.6mm Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic Universal Time , the GP likewise faces extreme competition. While I inconceivably lean toward the basic dial plan of the 1966 WW.TC, it’s 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 clarity is still very strong.

Another astounding alternative in the worldtimer space, the energetic Chopard LUC Time Traveler One.

To my preferences, the Chopard is the most intriguing and the best highlighted, the JLC the most traditionalist (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 format and no extra complications, this is the worldtimer for somebody who needs to see those 24 time regions and little else. Notwithstanding 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 spending plan, the present worldtimer devotee 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 alternatives up to 46mm, the lux worldtimer field becomes exceptionally swarmed, with extra choices from Breitling, IWC, Breguet, Zenith, Baume & Mercier, and numerous more. I, notwithstanding, would propose adhering to something somewhat more modest.

Last Thoughts

Another illustration of “toning it down would be ideal” thinking, the 1966 WW.TC swears off its archetype’s extra complications and prevails with regards to offering an extremely engaged and rich articulation of a customary 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 arrangement ported to another age of consistently (even lively) WW.TCs that keep the available estimating and basic dial format while offering a tad of the oddness that powered my interest of the WW.TC line numerous years prior (think titanium, elastic tie, and more amazing water resistance).

By undertaking 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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