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Best of the Best 2013: Men's Watches: Lifestyle: Glashütte Original Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon

  • James D. Malcolmson

Elaborate complicated watches are seldom prized for their user-friendliness or utility. However, Glashütte Original’s Grande Cosmopolite Tourbillon ($366,000), the most complicated watch the brand has yet produced—and the first it has designed specifically for the traveler—may challenge this convention. The timepiece marries a flying tourbillon—the brand’s signature version of that complication—to a world-time function and a perpetual calendar. The watch’s appeal lies in the interplay of the latter two functions. The wearer may choose from 37 time zones, whose IATA codes are displayed in small windows at the 8 o’clock position. Home time is indicated at the 6 o’clock position, while the destination time is shown on the center dial. The advanced perpetual-calendar mechanism, which can be moved back and forth by a turn of the crown, ensures that the jet-lagged traveler always knows the correct date, even at the end of February in a leap year. (866.203.8699, www.glashuette-original.com)