Why a GMT Time-Zone Complication Is 2018’s Must-Have Watch Feature

Maybe you work in an office that’s bicoastal. Or maybe you’re just off enjoying the world. Either way, a GMT complication that displays a second time zone on a 24-hour scale is a handy addition to any timepiece. No wonder GMTs have become the hot new ticket in 2018, with more brands embracing the category than ever before.

Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days GMT Power Reserve Automatic Acciaio


For 2018, Panerai moved its entire Due collection over to calibers manufactured in-house. This is the first GMT to arrive in the collection thus far, and much like its siblings, the watch boasts a thinner case profile that makes it ready to slide perfectly under a suit cuff.

$14,100, panerai.com

Tudor Black Bay GMT


The Black Bay has been a fan fave for years, and the recently introduced Pepsi bezel GMT variant instantly became the new must-have. Powered by the brand’s manufactured in-house MT5652 self-winding caliber and available with your choice of steel bracelet, leather strap, or canvas strap, the new GMT delivers serious bang for the buck.

$4,200, tudorwatch.com

Rolex GMT-Master ii Pepsi


If this watch looks familiar, it’s because Rolex’s Pepsi bezel GMTs were once iconic. And then the brand stopped making them. This year, it revived the style with this new steel-cased GMT-Master ii Pepsi-bezel on a jubilee bracelet, which instantly sparked waiting lists with authorized Rolex dealers around the globe.

$16,100, rolex.com

Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture


Frederique Constant has invested heavily in incorporating smartwatch functionality into conventional watches, and the Hybrid Manufacture is its latest achievement. Its manufacture caliber pairs a mechanical automatic movement with an electronic module, allowing it to display smartwatch functions (including a GMT display) in its subdial at 12 o’clock.

$4,500, frederiqueconstant.com

TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph GMT


Channelling its Jack Heuer-era roots, the new Carrera Chronograph GMT combines two of the most practical complications available in a very sleek package. Its skeletonized Heuer Calibre 02 delivers loads of visual flash, while the pairing of a black-and-blue ceramic bezel with a red GMT hand ensures that the complication remains highly legible even in less-than-ideal lighting conditions.

$7,500, tagheuer.com