February 8, 2023
Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time

A Vacheron Constantin luxury watch showing 37 zone-times, including zone-times offset by a half-hour or quarter-hour in relation to UTC time. That´s the ultimate travel companion!

Vacheron Constantin Overseas World Time

Actually 39 timezones with 39 zone-times exist, 38 are in use. The latest prominent zone-time change in a timezone was the one in Venezuela. May 1st the government decided to eliminate the 30 minutes deviation and to return to UTC – 4:00. From 1912 to 1965 Venezuela was at UTC -4:30, then past to UTC -4:00 until 2007. In 2007 Venezuela changed back to UTC -4:30. The recent change is a test, so it is not sure if Venezuela will stay at UTC – 4:00 or change again to – 4:30. The government will decide upon if it could save energy with the change or not. I assume there will be no major energy savings but the country will stay at UTC – 4:00 simply because its easier for everyone to deviate from the rest of the world in full hour steps.

As you can imagine now for Vacheron Constantin CEO Charly Torres it is not easy to launch a World Time watch. Look at the dial here underneath … It still indicates Caracas at UTC – 4:30.

When Charly ordered the dials and the mechanic parts to drive it he did not know about a possible change of the zone-time in Venezuela. The dial of the Overseas World Time displays no less than 37 zone-times, including those that are off-set by a half-hour or quarter-hour in relation to UTC time.

The centre features a “Lambert” projection map depicting the continents (enhanced by a sunburst satin-brushed finish) and the oceans (in a velvet 1 finish), along with a translucent lacquered disc bearing the city names. A third sapphire disc laid over the map provides day/night indications by means of subtly graded smoky tints, synchronised with the 24-hour disc. Finally, a translucent lacquered velvet-finished outer ring serves to indicate the hours and minutes.