Universal watches occupy an interesting place in horology, especially in our increasingly hyper-technological world. If one were to ask, “What time is it in Hong Kong right now?” the answer is just a few clicks and an internet search engine. And yet, there’s a strange romanticism to being able to answer that question with just a flick of the wrist, via an intricate mechanical object that’s the result of centuries-old craftsmanship. The world clock allows its wearer to identify the time anywhere in the world’s 24 time zones, and it is this complication that Hong Kong-based watchmaker ZTAGE brings to the fore in its edition version. limited 2022 Earth Hour.
ZTAGE was founded in 2017 and its main goal is to combine in-house design with traditional Swiss watchmaking techniques. Each watch is produced and assembled in Switzerland, precisely adjusted in five positions, then returned to ZTAGE headquarters in Hong Kong where it undergoes a rigorous 240-hour final inspection to ensure that each watch is of the highest quality.
The ZTAGE Earth Hour Worldtimer (Ref. 240211) comes in a sleek black PVD coated case made from medical grade 316L stainless steel. The watch measures 43mm wide, 13.5mm thick and has a very manageable lug distance of 50mm – good news for those with smaller wrists who find most modern world watches too large and difficult to fit. carry. The dial uses an alternating white, gray and black color scheme for maximum legibility, which is an exceptionally important quality considering the myriad of details found on this watch. The cities representing the 24 time zones are carefully printed on the flange surrounding the inner rotating 24-hour disc, and the hour markers and handset feature a generous amount of Swiss Super-LumiNova material. The standout design element, however, is the dial’s central cutout with a northern hemisphere graphic which itself is also covered in SuperLumi-Nova, allowing for a very unique and legible wearing experience in harsh conditions. low light. The date window at 6 o’clock is carefully executed with an outline that mimics the layout of the individual hour markers but contains just the right amount of depth to stand out without introducing additional clutter to the dial.
The watch case itself uses an interesting lug structure whereby the lugs themselves are split into two separate components and then inserted and secured to the case on both sides. This, along with the various layers of the watch, from the 24 hour chapter ring to the dial graphic to the time zone flange, gives the watch a distinct visual texture while maintaining maximum readability. The nine case components are polished in over 30 steps, creating a luxurious interplay of satin-brushed and polished lines.
Inside, the watch is powered by the ZTAGE Caliber 1100, a modified 21-jewel Soprod movement running at 4Hz with hacking seconds, a 42-hour power reserve, and a respectable accuracy of +/-6 seconds per hour. day. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters and the dial is topped with a sapphire crystal treated with seven layers of anti-reflective coating. The crown is set with an insert of luminous pearls, a unique finishing touch that certainly goes well with the watch’s overall luminescent aesthetic. The watch comes on a carbon fiber patterned double layer nylon strap with a fluorocarbon rubber lining underneath which is secured by a matching black PVD coated folding clasp.
Beyond its aspirations as a luxury watch brand, ZTAGE seeks to create timepieces that care about global issues. Thus, part of the profits from the sale of the Earth Hour will be donated to the Hong Kong chapter of the World Wildlife Fund. The ZTAGE Earth Hour is limited to 200 pieces worldwide, and the price is CHF2250. For more information, visit the ZTAGE website at www.ztagewatch.com
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