• Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524
  • Senator Cosmopolite’s Glashütte Original
  • Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels Heure d’Ici and Heure d’Ailleurs

Best Travel Watches of 2015

2015 has, so far, been an exceptional year for timepieces – especially watches designed with travelers in mind. Early releases from Escale, Louis Vuitton, Van Cleef & Arpels have already upended the competition – but the promise of more and more ornate timepieces lingers.

Forbes put together a list of the year’s most-sought after timepieces, naming the top four watches every traveler shouldn’t just know about, but should own. Senator Cosmopolite’s Glashütte Original was designed with a brand new Calibre 89-02 automatic movement and features two of the 37 IATA airport codes so you can set your home time and your travel time zones simultaneously. It also boasts a 72-hour power reserve, DST and STD indicators, a date window, day and night display, and a small seconds dial.

Patek Philippe’s Calatrava Pilot Travel Time Ref. 5524 wasn’t welcomed with open arms at Baselworld, but the watch, a 42mm piece housed in an 18k white gold case, features a deep blue lacquered brass dial, blue-steeled hands with Super Luminova coating and uses an in-house Caliber CH 324 S C FUS automatic movement. It also boasts a 45-hour power reserve, local-hour and local-minute hand, home-hour hand, date indicator, and day and night display.

Next, Forbes named Van Cleef & Arpels Pierre Arpels Heure d’Ici and Heure d’Ailleurs
watches. Finally available for purchase, the dramatically simplistic timepiece features dual time zone ability and a fan-shaped retrograde minute.

The fourth honor went to Frederique Constant’s Horological Smartwatch showcases a 42mm stainless steel case, alligator strap, and analog dial. Like its name reflects, the Horological is a Smartwatch complete with motion and activity trackers, “Get Active” alerts, sleep cycle alarms, cloud backup, a sleep monitor and added features.

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