Sometimes when I am dreaming away with a newspaper or magazine in hand, I find myself thinking how the world seems to become smaller and smaller every passing year.
Somehow it became an accepted norm to fly to neighboring countries for meetings, have colleagues or business partners in continents far off and spend long weekends in a completely different time zone without a second thought.
Today the world is our oyster. The watch industry has anticipated this for years and tried to cater to the world traveler mindset with appropriate timepieces with great success.
Watches with two faces, on a single caliber or sometimes two movements with two crowns to wind the calibers and set the time. In many instances, these watches end up looking busy and showy and are not the right type of watches to wear in a formal business environment.
Pierre Arpels — of Van Cleef & Arpels — a frequent traveler pur sang, designed in 1949 a watch for himself, that still carries his name today: The ‘Pierre Arpels’ watch.
A timepiece with a slim, round case and T-bar lugs, and just two hands and of course… no date window.
This watch is considered to be one of the most elegant gentleman’s watches around. The older, 36mm models were equipped with a mechanical caliber made by Jaeger-LeCoultre, while the current 38 and 42mm models sport a Piaget movement.