With its revolving twenty-four-hour ring and unusual viewpoint which centres the South, rather than the North Pole, this IMHOF World Time clock captures the nostalgia of the 1960s, when transcontinental travel still held an alluring air.
Dated to approximately the 1960s, the piece is encased in metal chrome, which, when combined with the black and gold aesthetics, gives the piece a simultaneously modern yet vintage feel, and makes this IMHOF World Time all the more distinctive.
The World Time Complication
By its very nature, the world time or heure universelle complication is one imbued in the romance of travel and adventure in varied, exciting locations. Invented in the 1930s watchmaker Louis Cottier, a world time displays real time in key cities across the planet’s twenty-four time zones. Cottier’s ingenious mechanism - adopted by Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe amongst others – has laid the foundation for world time watches ever since.