The new Auguste Reymond Cotton Club Worldtime GMT automatic watch has its day/night indicator painted in a shape of blue moon crest. Like the Japanese Katana sword, the watch is beautiful in its laconic simplicity.
The Auguste Reymond Cotton Club Worldtime is powered by the standard ETA 2893-2 automatic caliber, which is actually a good old ETA 2892 base movement with an added GMT module.
If you still worry about the quality of the movement, consider this: the same engine used in much more expensive Linde Werdelin 3-Timer GMT and (in its Top grade) in the Breitling Colt GMT + diving watch. That says something, doesn’t it?
Designed to be worn with formal attire, the watch is presented in a very compact stainless steel case.
Only 38.5 mm in diameter, it can be considered small by today’s megalomaniacal standards, but that is the size many people still actually expect from a dressy, no fuss, classic-styled watch.
The choice of the movement that comes without any modifications, but is decorated with the well-known Cotes de Geneve motif and traditional blued screws, dictates the dial layout.
As you can see on the photo, the watch comes equipped with two hour hands.
Although there exist a set of more elegant (and much more expensive) solutions to the problem of displaying time in two (or more) different time zones, the one with a pair of hour hands still looks the most widely used by the mainstream watchmakers.
The first hand, the sword-shaped one, displays time in the main time zone in a usual 12-hour format.
The second hour hand, thin and arrow-shaped, runs around a 24-hour chapter ring telling the time in a military format. The night time is indicated with a blue moon crest painted over a silvered background: a very nice, simple and elegant design.
It also must be noted that the main hour and minute hands, as well as the indexes on the minute track are filled with generous amount of some luminous substance, so there will be no problem with night-time legibility.
As far as I understood, the watch will be offered at a price below €1000.
However, it doesn’t look like an average “affordable” timepiece where you can see with your bare eyes all those little details were the brand owner and the contract manufacturer saved a penny or two.
In fact, it looks sober and very refined with its mirror-polished bezel, applied and polished Arabic numerals and an inevitable (at least for the Auguste Reymond Cotton Club series) blue cabochon adorning the oversized onion-shaped setting crown.
The only thing that somewhat spoils the great impression is the crocodile-patterned blue leather strap. With its rough contrast stitching, it just screams cost-cutting.
Well, you can always exchange the stock strap for a more expensive third-party job.
Photos: Auguste Reymond
Auguste Reymond Cotton Club Worldtime automatic GMT watch specification
Movement: Automatic, ETA 2893-2, 21 jewels, 28,800 vph, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Cotes de Geneve stripes, blued screws
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, second time zone (GMT)
Power reserve: 42 hours
Case material: Stainless steel, polished
Bezel material: Stainless steel, polished
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 38.50 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Dial: Blue lacquered and silver-toned
Numerals: Arabic, applied
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Crocodile-patterned blue leather strap with steel buckle
Case back: Transparent