Put simply, a dual-time complication displays two time zones (home and local) simultaneously that can be set independently. Of course, horology never settles for simplicity and so there are competing visions. Berner’s Illustrated Dictionary of Horology shows this perfectly, with two definitions for the dual-time complication:
1. Device permitting display of the time of day in time zones of several selected locations.
2. This device makes it possible to move the hour hand in jumps of one whole hour without interfering with the display of minutes and seconds.
The distinctions here are subtle, but they are quite real. Nevertheless, the multi-time zone watch is highly practical and purposeful for globetrotters and frequent travelers alike. However, it would be most unwise to think of the dual-time complication solely as a tool for travelers. There are, after all, many reasons one might want to know the time in another time zone at a glance.
Business remains global, and we have all experienced the ways that the supply chain is impacted by how interconnected we are. This is especially true in Singapore, a nation that traffics in global trade. Even at WOW, this is relevant because we frequently have to know the time in Switzerland as if we lived and worked there. Wherever you are though, you must be able to liaise effectively with your foreign counterparts. On the more casual side of things, Asian sports fans probably want to know (precisely) the broadcast times of the NBA Championships in their home time zones.
This brings us to another detail that adds unnecessary complexity to dual-time watches: the concept of home time and local time. To clarify, home time is the time in your own time zone, while local time is the time in your current location. However, the two time zones can be whatever you want.
One might argue, and we do acknowledge, that the smartphone has made this task a breeze. Unfortunately, a certain gentleman named Sandford Fleming did not have the luxury of such technology during his travels, nor did he live in an era of standardized time zones.
Sir Fleming had to spend an uncomfortable night in Ireland after missing the train in 1876. His frustration was compounded by having to adjust his watch as he traveled to towns that were separated by several miles at most. It spurred him to write a treatise on the need for a standardized global time which culminated with the 1884 International Meridian Conference discussion held in Washington DC attended by 26 nations.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
WALKING ON AIR
Men’s Folio checks in with two footwear maestros on their brands – and the restorative power of shoes.
Once-hot perk, working from your abode has become a new way of life, so the question now is: how do you separate your home from your office?
Rado Captain Cook Bronze timepiece pops in lush green and earthy bronze tones.
Exposing all the complicated inner workings, these skeleton timepieces reveal powerful and state-of-the-art machineries that will have you drooling.
UNPLUG ‘N' RECHARGE
Now more than ever, we have to take as much care of our mental health as our physical health. We’ve scoured the country to find the best wellness retreats for you to reenergise, be it meditation or simply to unwind in a serene (and new normal) setting.
FIGHTER MODE: ON
The always hopeful and optimistic Fattah Amin takes the Men’s Folio rapid-fire question challenge head-on.
The new BMW X1 sDrive18i gets more practical with best value for money.
CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU
Experience a new way of seeing things with these smart glasses.
Inspired by essential values of architectural designs, Mido timepieces are distinguished in terms of versatility and durability as the new Commander Gradient and Ocean Star GMT models show.
A VIEW TO DIE FOR
Louis Vuitton, in partnership with professional skateboarder Lucien Clarke, releases a new sneaker called A View. Here, Clarke talks about collaboration. Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Web Inventor Has An Ambitious Plan To Take Back The Net
World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee released an ambitious rule book for online governance — a bill of rights and obligations for the internet — designed to counteract the growing prevalence of such anti-democratic poisons as misinformation, mass surveillance and censorship.
Pixel Artworks paints Rainbow of Hope above Greenwich
Pixel Artworks lit up the skies above London’s Greenwich
MEET THE NEWEST STARS IN THE WORLD OF INTERIORS – THE FABULOUS WINNERS OF OUR INCLUSIVITY COMPETITION
Asking my partner to move out saved our relationship
Roberta Lee, 38, explains why living together was a passion killer
Farewell to the garden of a lifetime
Christian Lamb helped plan D-Day. Now, as she turns 100, she leaves a beloved garden
The most HARROWING DECISION a woman can make
When Zara Dawson was told her unborn baby would never survive, it was the start of an ordeal that leaves so many like her suffering in silence
CONNECT THE WEB'S BUILDING BLOCKS
Discover how to pick the perfect materials to build powerful sites with Jeremy Keith
LABOUR OF LOVE
A pair of watch enthusiasts in Emsworth have launched their own timepiece range inspired by the greats of UK engineering
Long-time pals Billy Flowers and Jamie Londors are two of the World’s most consistent carp catchers. The two England Carp Team members share their sessions and insight in Angler’s Mail.
Not A Toy Story
Brian Goldner’s Hasbro now manufactures stories, not just Monopoly boards and Gi Joes. That’s why it’s trouncing the competition—and just spent $4 billion on a pig named Peppa