It may have been a little while since we have needed or been able to straddle multiple time zones, but luckily, watch brands are a step ahead, and a host of new world timer models are ready to meet the needs of today’s traveller. For Patek Philippe, substance comes at no compromise to style in the Ref 5326G-001 Annual Calendar Travel Time, which encompasses an unprecedented combination of two complications.

Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Travel Time

The annual calendar, which only needs to be corrected once a year, and the travel time display system, which shows a second time zone, will together make life easier for the wearer thanks to an automatic adjustment of the date when the time is changed.

The piece is contained inside a refreshed Calatrava case with an intricately embellished outer rim – the textured charcoal dial is circled with a black gradient, nodding to the effects of vintage photography in a subtle marriage of the classic and the contemporary.

The watch forms a key part of the brand’s 2022 releases, sitting alongside new pieces that continue to explore multiple time zones through a technical lens. Three new World Time models intertwine this horological feat with a considered aesthetic, incorporating both enamelled and guilloche dials. Other new pieces, including the Ref 5205R-011, Ref 4910/1200A-011 and Ref 7130R-014, play with a gradient of colours, and are characterised by a distinctive olive green.

Exquisite artistry is celebrated in the remaining models, with intricate gem-setting on the Ref 5374/300P-001 encompassing a hypnotic loop of baguette-cut diamonds and sapphires, which circle the dial in a nod to the house’s heritage with the technique. The double circle of brilliant-cut diamonds on the Ref 7121/200G-001 model is offset by its blue sunburst dial and moonphase. Meanwhile, 59 pieces in this year’s Rare Handcrafts collection celebrate intricate skills in a tribute to the house’s artistry traditions. §