German watchmaker, NOMOS Glashutte, recently announced a special edition of their popular Zürich Weltzeit world timer for prestigious retailer Wempe, who has a store in New York on 5th Avenue as well as locations around the world. This 100 pieces special edition has an inscription of “New York” on the dial and “5th Avenue” on the city disc in place of the typical New York indication.

This is one of the most intuitive and easy-to-use World Time watches on the market. You simply press the button at 2 o’clock until your desired city is at 12 o’clock, and the time simultaneously changes to that respective time zone. The disc at 3 o’clock, which reads in 24-hour military time, stays on your home city, although you can, of course, change that as well by pulling and the crown and making the adjustment.

The Zürich Weltzeit comes in a 39.9 mm x 10.85 mm stainless steel case, with a domed sapphire crystal on the front and a flat sapphire case back. The crown is non-locking and water-resistance is 30 meters. The dial has a galvanized white silver-plated finish and features 24 cities on the peripheral of the dial, as well as a 24-hour time disc at 3 o’clock. Hours and minutes are indicated via baton-shaped, polished, and faceted central hands. A subsidiary dial at 6 o’clock indicates small seconds.

The Zürich Weltzeit is powered by a NOMOS in-house Xi caliber automatic movement that has hours, minutes, small seconds, 24-hour second time zone indication, and a world time ring that has 24 different time zones and is controlled by a push-button at 2 o’clock. The movement features a stop-seconds mechanism, so the seconds hand can be stopped and set more precisely.

Viewable through the clear case back is a traditional Glashütte three-quarter plate movement with 26 ruby bearings, Glashütte stopwork, bidirectional winding rotor, Incabloc shock protection, and a balance spring from Nivarox. It is adjusted in six positions, with tempered blue screws. The rhodium-plated bridges and main plate have Glashütte ribbing and NOMOS perlage in black gold. The ratchet and duplex wheel feature a Glashütte sunburst finish. The maximum power reserve is 42-hours.

The Zürich Weltzeit 5th Avenue comes on a black Horween Shell Cordovan strap that is 20 mm wide at the lugs. It is available in a limited edition of 100 pieces and available only at Wempe stores worldwide. Retail is approximately $5,750. (Ref. 805.S3)

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