Versace Mens 30A80D002 S497 Business GMT Watch

by Adrian Herscovici  

A Genuine Asset For World Travelers

Versace WatchesThe world of fashion is big business, and in business, time is a valuable commodity. Globetrotters need to be able to quickly reference the time in different cities and countries around the world to help them maintain relationships and timely communications. International time-telling is the Versace Men’s Business Automatic GMT’s reason for being and a genuine asset for the world traveler.

An inner disk on the dial makes it possible to read the time in 10 different time zones worldwide using a 24-hour ring and a day-night indicator. It works like this: if the wearer is in New York at 2 pm, he need merely use the crown to move the New York marker on the inner dial to line up with his local time, in this case 14 on the 24-hour ring. Now, a quick glance around the inner dial reveals the time in 10 other time zones and in which part of the day they are in, day or night. In this example, Los Angeles is a few hours behind New York at 11 a.m., while Tokyo is already a day ahead at 4 a.m. The date window at 3 o’clock makes it easy to reference the date in time zones that are ahead or behind. Notably, the time zone for Milan is in red type in homage to Versace’s current headquarters and where the first Versace boutique opened in 1978.

Of course a true professional’s watch must also show evidence of sophistication and good judgment; after all, these qualities mean a great deal in the business world. In this regard, the Versace Business GMT is a triumph.

Versace Mens 30A80D002 S497 Business GMT Watch
Versace Mens 30A80D002 S497 Business GMT Watch
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The case is made of stainless steel coated in rose gold IP. There are no hard edges in the design including the lugs; every part is smooth and rounded. Gently curved antireflective sapphire crystal covers the dial and an octagonal crown adds a hint of Versace’s geometric flair. In keeping with current style trends, the Versace Business GMT is 43 mm in diameter.

A sunray pattern is featured as the background of the detailed white dial. Roman numerals are coated with rose gold IP, as are the small hour markers applied inside the minute track. Versace’s famous Medusa-head emblem replaces the numeral XII marker and is the only dial-side indication that the watch is a Versace, an astutely subtle choice.

Watch aficionados will note the Roman numeral IV is the actual Roman numeral IV. Often in watch design, IV is replaced by IIII, and there are several theories as to why this is: one explanation is that it provides visual balance to the lower part of the dial because it more closely matches the opposite numeral VIII. In any case, Versace reveals design integrity by choosing to stay true to the Roman numerical lexicon.

The back of the watch has an exhibition caseback affixed by six screws and offers a glimpse of the Swiss made ETA 2893-1 movement inside. The winding rotor is showcased and features Geneva stripes and the name Versace engraved. The name Versace is also engraved on the caseback and on the outside of the double-folding clasp, which finishes the watch neatly in keeping with the overall professional appearance. The brown strap is made of calfskin with an alligator pattern and matching thread – the combination of brown against rose gold is a classic match.

Versace Mens 30A80D002 S497 Business GMT Watch

List Price: $3,110

Key features:

  • ETA 2893-1 Swiss automatic movement
  • GMT function
  • Rose gold IP stainless steel case, diameter 43 mm, thickness 12 mm
  • Detailed white dial, rose gold IP hands, numerals and markers
  • Exhibition caseback reveals the winding rotor of the watch movement
  • Anti-reflective scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
  • Stationary stainless steel bezel
  • Brown calfskin strap, width 21 mm, deployment clasp buckle
  • Water resistant to 99 feet
  • 2-year manufacturer’s warranty

While the average business traveler probably spends more time in the air than in the water, the Versace’s Men’s Business Automatic GMT is nonetheless water resistant to a depth of 99 feet. The watch is another example of why Versace is a fashion and style leader, but it also demonstrates the brand’s commitment to marrying style with function. The GMT is a most useful complication, appropriate for frequent flyers everywhere.

Gevril Group US and Caribbean Agent for Versace Watches

Gevril GroupGevril Group is the sole US and Caribbean agent for Versace Watches. Meet us April 25 – May 2, 2013 to view the Versace exhibit at Baselworld 2013, Hall 1.1, Booth E-67. Contact us, by email or at 845-425-9882.

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