Last March, the Swiss premium watchmaker has introduced its new Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time GMT watch that features an uncommon second time zone display. While most currently available timekeepers with a GMT display usually employ a secondary hour hand indicator that circles around a 24-hour scale (with an optional city disk on the bezel), this one uses an indicator, which is not easier to grasp at a single glance, but also takes a lot less real estate ensure cleaner, more aesthetic look of the dial.
Equipped with a digital second time-zone indicator at 9 o’clock, the Ulysse Nardin Dual Time series of watches is considered to be the most user-friendly watch on the market, and justly so.
The lack of the secondary hour hand makes the timekeeper’s dial less cluttered and allows for fast time-zone changing with a push of a button (well, actually there are two buttons at 8 and 10 hours.)
Well, the technology created by UN’s master watchmaker Ludwig Oechslin has its drawbacks, too. For once, you won’t be able to set the right time if your business needs bring you to, say, Adelaide, Australia, or Kabul, Afghanistan, or Tehran, Iran, or Mumbai, India, or a number of other places were the local standard time zones are divided by 30 minute steps.
Those minor nuisances aside, this is still the best GMT timepiece that money can buy, though.
The Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time GMT watch sports the new UN-24 caliber, which is based on the ETA 2892-A2 movement and also powers their new Dual Time Ladies, 42 mm, and the Quadrato Dual Time models.
The main difference with the UN-22 movement that powered the earlier GMT Big Date GMT +- model is that it has the central sweep second hand replaced with a small second indicator at 6 o’clock and its GMT module is also reworked.
The movement is hidden inside a gorgeous 43 mm case, which is made of either stainless steel or 18ct rose gold tastefully combined with a scratch resistant black ceramic bezel and push-pieces.
Although the dial layout is not that exquisite as that on the earlier GMT Big Date models, the new model will certainly conquer hearts and wallets of those who craved for the gorgeous Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Titanium chronometer watch but thought that it was too sporty. This one can actually be worn with a suit.
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Ulysse Nardin Executive Dual Time GMT automatic wrist watch specification
Price range: $9400 (steel version) / $22,400 (rose gold version)
Movement: UN-24, automatic, based on ETA 2892-A2, 28,800 vph, 34 jewels
Complications: 24h second time-zone, big date
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel or rose gold
Bezel material: Ceramic
Case dimensions: 43 mm
Case height: 12.6 mm
Water resistance: 100 m
Strap: Black rubber strap