Rolex GMT-Master II (Ref. 126710BLRO)
The most talked about watch of the year was the new Rolex GMT-Master II (Ref 126710BLRO) in Oyster Steel with a classic “Pepsi” bezel and a Jubilee bracelet, two little details that are much-loved by collectors.
It is powered by a brand new manufacture movement Caliber 3285 but the big upgrade, as far Rolex fans go, is the return of the historical five-link “Jubilee” style bracelet rather than the more common three-link “Oyster” one. Read our full report here.
Blancpain Villeret Quantième Complet GMT
Blancpain unveiled a revamped version of its Villeret Quantième Complet GMT watch this year. The classically-styled watch now uses a silicon balance spring and is available in white gold and rose gold with an opaline dial.
Blancpain’s distinctive take on this style of timepiece, which it first debuted in the 1980s, has become a cornerstone of the maison’s luxurious Villeret collection: day of the week and month in adjacent windows, date indicated by a blued serpentine hand on a numbered scale on the dial’s rim, and a charming moon-phase display at 6 o’clock. For pricing and more details, read our first report here.
Greubel Forsey GMT Earth
In January this year, haute horology brand Greubel Forsey unveiled GMT Earth with a 3D view of the terrestrial globe. The GMT watch, last seen in a titanium black edition at SIHH 2014, returned this SIHH with a completely new promise. By reproducing the Earth's rotation in real time, this timepiece offers an intuitive view of time all over the world and a day/night indication.
The design of this watch was focused on giving the movement and the case a more prominent role. Featuring a striking 45.5 mm white gold case with a caseband engraved with text that encapsulate the key values of the brand, the case was designed to accommodate the high-domed sapphire crystal bezel and features a window on the caseband to view the earth. Read more about this timepiece here.
Grand Seiko 9F Quartz GMT limited edition (Ref. SBGN001)
To mark the 25th anniversary of the Caliber 9F Quartz, Grand Seiko this year launched the first 9F quartz GMT caliber which debuted in three new models in the Grand Seiko Sport collection. However, our pick is the limited edition (Ref. SBGN001). It has a 39-mm-wide stainless steel case that is 12.1-mm thick and is water-resistant to 10 Bar (100 meters).
Powered by Caliber 9F86, the case is fitted with a brushed steel bezel with a 24-hour GMT markings. The watch has a metallic charcoal dial featuring the same pattern quartz symbol pattern seen on the anniversary models earlier this year. The outer rim of the dial, from three o’clock to nine, is picked out in vivid yellow to display whether the GMT hand indicates AM or PM. Read more about the three GMT models here.
Tudor Black Bay GMT
Tudor continues to serve the hits with its Black Bay line. This year, it debuted the Black Bay GMT, a timepiece with multiple time-zone function, but still steeped in the Tudor tradition. And it instantly became one of the year's coolest watches with its relatively affordable price tag and X-factor.
Tudor’s take on this bi-color bezel is a nod to its roots – so the rotating bezel is actually in matte blue and burgundy. The 12 daylight hours are printed on the burgundy section and the nighttime hours on the blue. Read our detailed report here.
Tissot Chemin de Tourelles GMT
The Swatch Group’s entry-level luxury brand unveiled a highly affordable GMT watch in the classically styled Chemin de Tourelles range. The 42 mm stainless steel cased watch comes in a choice of black or silver dial (with a rose gold PVD case). The dial has “clous de Paris” decoration on the ring that houses the Roman indexes.
A 24-hour scale skirts the periphery of the dial and a GMT hand with a red-tip indicates the second time zone. The watch is powered by Tissot’s Powermatic movement and has a power reserve of 80 hours. It is fitted with a leather strap with butterfly clasp with push buttons or 316L solid stainless steel bracelet with butterfly clasp with push buttons. A real value proposition for the price, $950.