I don’t know about you but I love travelling. Visiting new locations, encountering new cultures, it’s all very exciting (not to mention educational). Of course travel is not without its challenges, tedious lines, over-eager airport security and of course those dastardly time-zone changes that can catch out even the most seasoned jetsetter. Fortunately Girard-Perregaux has something to help you ease the pain (and no, it’s not alcohol.) Rather it’s the latest update to their much-loved WW.TC collection, the slimmed down Traveller WW.TC.
Update vs. Upgrade
The first thing you notice about the new Traveller is that is has a much slimmer profile than its predecessors, which is very much in-line with the current trend of waif-like watches we’re seeing. The second thing you notice is that the WW.TC now only has one crown. This is a significant selling point for me as it means that you can set all functions from the one crown, as opposed to previous models that utilized a two-crown system. This not only makes it easier to use but also, I assume, more comfortable on the wrist, especially in combination with the thinner case.
Offered in your choice of stainless steel, titanium or steel with a ceramic bezel, the latter of which I think would be quite an attractive combination, the Traveller comes in at a healthy 44mm in diameter. Despite this though the dial itself still feels a bit squashed to me as the world-time chapter ring takes up quite a bit of space around the outside. On the plus side the names of the cities are marginally easier to read but by the same token it’s also created a sense of imbalance in the dial.
This effect seems to be magnified further by the fact that the Traveller is also a chronograph and so GP’s designers had to find a way to fit in sub-dials as well as a date window. They haven’t done too badly given what they had to work with but it feels like things could have been done a little cleaner plus some contrasting colors (at least in the model pictured) would have really made the dial ‘pop’ and gone a long way towards improving legibility.
To be fair there are actually four different dials to choose from depending on the model you choose, with the steel and ceramic version in particular offering a white/opaline dial with black sub dials combination that I think could be quite attractive. The others are fairly generic however and so I believe my point about making the dial ‘pop’ still stands, although I will reserve any final judgement until I’ve seen the pieces in the flesh at Baselworld. At this stage though I feel like this is more of a dial update than an upgrade.
Powering the Traveller is a self-winding caliber GP03300 comprised of 476 parts. Design concerns aside Girard-Perregaux absolutely know what they’re doing when it comes to making movements and this one is no exception. In addition to the standard time and date it also offers a small second hand, world time with day/night indication and chronograph functionality.
Finished on a rubber strap covered in velvet look alligator leather the new Traveller WW.TC will cost you CHF15,000 (approx. US$16,000) for the steel and titanium versions and CHF 16,000 (approx. US$17,100) for the steel and ceramic version.
The Final Word
There is no disputing the quality or popularity of Girard-Perregaux’s WW.TC collection, in fact I have to say it’s probably one of my favorite mainstream offerings from the brand however I’m just not sure about this new Traveller timepiece. It could just be that the images don’t do it justice but for me I want a dial that is a little more spacious. As I said earlier though I will reserve my final thoughts until I have seen the piece in the flesh in a couple of weeks.