Nice digital watches often come with the ability to track the time in two different time zones, which, as a function, seems like an odd use of space. Isn't it always faster for an global wheeler-dealer to add and subtract the hours in his or her mind than to jockey between watch settings?
Perhaps. But for the truly global traveler -- the fellow who needs to make a call to Tokyo one minute and San Francisco the next, all while catching a plane from Istanbul to Paris -- such a watch would seem totally insufficient.
Jet-setters, rejoice! The "Time Traveller" [sic], whose analog face displays the time in 16 of the world's 24 time zones, has arrived.
With a dial divided into 24 hours instead of the usual 12, the TT, by Mr. Jones Watches, recruits a series of iconic city landmarks to denote the world's different time zones. A red pigeon -- "the universal city dweller" -- keeps track of the minutes. How many of these buildings can you identify? (Answers below.)
Here's the full list, from the Mr Jones Watches website:
GMT -8 Golden Gate Bridge (USA)
GMT -7 Salt Lake Temple (USA)
GMT -6 Sears Tower (USA)
GMT -5 The Statue of Liberty (USA)
GMT Big Ben (England)
GMT +1 Eiffel Tower (France)
GMT +2 Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkey)
GMT +3 Abraj Al-Bait Towers (Saudi Arabia)
GMT +4 Burj Khalifa (Dubai)
GMT +5 Minar-e-Pakistan
GMT +6 Alma-Ata TV Tower (Kazakhstan)
GMT +7 Baiyoke Tower II (Thailand)
GMT +8 Oriental Pearl Tower (China)
GMT +9 Tokyo Skytree (Japan)
GMT +10 Sydney Tower (Australia)
GMT +12 Sky Tower (New Zealand)
As for the quirks of daylight savings time, well... maybe you should check your phone.
All images courtesy of Mr Jones Watches.