A Watch That Tells You 16 Different Times at Once

The analog face of the "Time Traveller" displays the time in 16 of the world's 24 time zones using famous city landmarks.

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Mr Jones Watches

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 -4   
GMT -3
GMT -2
GMT -1
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 +11
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.

About the Author

  • Henry Grabar is a freelance writer and a former fellow at CityLab. He lives in New York.