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Girard-Perregaux Worldwide Time Control

Mark Weissenberger
From the Print Edition:
Andy Garcia, Mar/April 2004

It’s 11:30 a.m. in Los Angeles, which means your tee time is 90 minutes away. That much you know for sure. But do you know the time in Tokyo, where your sales team is attempting to bridge a gap across the Pacific? Or in Luxembourg, where the European branch of your company has recently relocated? Or in Bangkok, where your newly graduated son is carousing with his college buddies?

It’s easy to know where you are, but figuring out the time across the world can get tricky. Unless, of course, you’re wearing the Worldwide Time Control watch from Girard-Perregaux.

The Worldwide Time Control—or ww.tc—lists 24 international cities or regions, representing all of the global time zones. A 24-hour track located next to the listed cities tells you the hour at that moment in such places as Paris, Sydney or the Azores.

Here’s how it works. The stem found at 9 o’clock on the watch’s body controls the revolution of the worldwide cities. Set the city in which you reside to 12 o’clock. Then turn the stem located at 3 o’clock on the watch body to set the time. Be mindful that you are also setting the 24-hour track, so you want to be clear as to whether you are in a.m. or p.m. The 24-hour track is color-coordinated to assist you. One color of the track indicates daylight hours while the other half designates nighttime. Once the clock is properly set, you can tell the nearest person in earshot the exact time in Samoa, Karachi and Rio de Janeiro.

The ww.tc timepiece also functions as a chronograph. Two buttons on the right side of the watch control starting, stopping and resetting. Three tiny dials on the watch face indicate the hours, minutes and seconds of this secondary function.

The Worldwide Time Control features a titanium body and a black cousu main crocodile strap and retails for $9,500. A titanium ww.tc, featuring a titanium bracelet, is available for $12,500; this model can also be had in platinum, white gold, yellow gold and rose gold.

Visit www.girard-perregaux-usa.com under the watch category called Classique Elegance.

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