As the name suggests, this new dressy piece from Girard-Perregaux is part of their retro-classic 1966 line up, and it sports a dual time zone complication – ’cause who doesn’t want to look this good in two timezones? While the 1966 Dual Time was shown at Baselworld earlier this year, this new watch from Girard-Perregaux was not slated to be released to dealers until this fall.

The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Dual Time is available only in 40mm sizing and rose gold execution. The beautiful case shares the same look as the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Column Wheel Chrono and carries the same polished bezel and short lugs that characterize the entire 1966 line up. Thickness comes in at 11.7 mm and the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Dual Time is fitted with a slightly domed sapphire crystal.

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Local time is shown by the standard hour and minute hands and is set via the crown, while the second time zone is set using the dual pushers, allowing for a quick advance or retreat of the second zone hours (not unlike the dual timezone functions from Ulysses Nardin or Glashutte Original). There is a date display at six which can be corrected using a flush button in the left case side. This type of second timezone feature is generally most useful for those who need to track a second timezone from home, rather than those who are traveling and want to update the local time for their new location.

Dial legibility and proportions are excellent, with a long minute hand and many three-dimensional layered elements within the dial design. The case is almost completely polished and the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Dual Time can be had with a grey anthracite dial or the off-white shown here.

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The Girard-Perregaux 1966 Dual Time uses the brand’s exclusive GP03300-0094 automatic movement. Offering time, date, and a second time zone, the 0094 has 27 jewels, a 46 hour power reserve and beats at 4 Hz. Visible through the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Dual Time’s display sapphire case back, the movement is nicely finished and capped with a signed gold rotor.

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As the only dual timezone watch in the 1966 collection, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Dual Time offers a slice of WW.TC functionality in a classier and more reserved package. Additionally, it is hard to overstate the novelty of a push button second timezone feature; no messing with the crown, no compromising accuracy by stopping the movement, just push and go.

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With no steel option, the Girard-Perregaux 1966 Dual Time price is decidedly upper-crust, at $26,300 USD. As I’ve said before, few features are as useful as being able to track a second timezone and this GP does so without sacrificing the balance and svelte style of the 1966 line up.

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