The new Andersen Rodinia World Time GMT watch pays homage to the long-gone Rodinia (misspelled word “Rodina”: “Motherland” in Russian,) a supercontinent that existed between 1100 and 750 million years ago, was torn apart by tectonic forces and later reassembled as the well-known Pangaea. Although I can’t see any obvious design ideas that serve as links between the wristwatch and the long lost continent, I must admit that the timekeeper actually looks quite interesting for an average “world-timer.”
Powered by the Technotime AG 600 automatic caliber (the movement is visible through a sapphire-covered display back, but, frankly, there is nothing really interesting to look at: while Panerai somehow managed to nail their deliberately “technocratic” approach to decor, Technotime’s effort fell short of the target with the mechanism’s deliberately simple and laconic finish being, well, too simple and almost retarded,) the watch features a split-dial interface.
- Update from October, 2017: It looks like Technotime, a Swiss-based brand that was established in 2001 by a bunch of investors who expected their company to become a serious player in the niche of “complicated” mechanisms (in 2012, they even introduced a very impressive Caliber TT 791 model: a hand-wound tourbillon movement designed for ultra-luxury timekeepers) didn’t survive the crisis. Their official domain technotime.com expired in August and is currently “parked”. From my perspective, this makes the Rodinia GMT an interesting collector’s item, simply because there won’t be more of them powered by the same caliber.
The inner part of the dial is a chased blue gold disk with a military-style 24-hour scale on its edge. Featuring day and night indication, the dial makes one full rotation in 24 hours indicating current time at a given time-zone, which is represented by names of 24 cities printed on the outer white rim.
The main time zone is indicated with a pair of polished A-shaped hands: a rather blunt attempt at putting an extra emphasis at the stylized “A” letter from the brand’s logo.
Although the hour and minute hands are cut to different sizes, the difference seems to be not particularly impressive, which makes reading time somewhat difficult until you get used to it. Also, the lack of superluminova (or any other luminous compound) on the hands severely diminishes the timekeeper’s readability in anything, but good lighting scenarios.
The whole construct is enclosed in a moderately-sized case 42.40 millimeters in diameter. Done in a mix of rose gold (bezel and the fluted sides) and white gold (the horns and the winding crown,) the case looks refined and even graceful.
Overall, the watch leaves a pleasant impression and may become a nice purchase for those who do not care about how well-advertised a brand is.
See also: Louis Moinet Geograph Limited Edition
Andersen Rodinia World Time GMT specification
Movement: Automatic, Caliber Technotime AG 600, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Decorated rotor
Functions: Hours, minutes, second time zone
Power reserve: 120 hours
Case material: White gold and Rose gold
Bezel material: White gold and Rose gold
Bezel shape: Round
Size: 42.40 mm
Dial: Blue gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Black leather with buckle