Keeping Time With the World, One Touch at a Time

Gear Guide, Travel Style — By Ben Van Loon on June 9, 2010 at 7:00 am

If you’re a world traveler with an extra $125 to spare, and still use a wristwatch, consider the new Kenneth Cole New York Touch-Screen watch. Available in black, orange, or white, this watch has the ability to track time in all thirty-two time zones, it has a stainless steel face, and you can bring it with you into a hot-tub in Hawaii or the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It’s called the New York watch, but it’s a watch for the world.

Though apparently lacking other standard watch functions, like a stopwatch or an altimeter, it does capitalize on the increasingly popular touch-screen technology, and with its 38mm face, user-friendly interface is simple and easy. Not to worry, however, this watch does have an alarm clock for those jet-lagged business meetings, count-up and count-down timers for your next flights, and a backlight for low-light and no-light viewing. gives the watch an 8.5 out of 10 rating, and claims the button-free concept is what makes the watch so darn cool. If you’re traveling overseas and your phone, computer, or other personal electronic device fails, this watch keeps ticking and you don’t have to reset it.

There are other world-timing touch-screen watches on the market, like the Swiss Tissot Navigator watch, which rings in at around $300 and has three-times the function of the Kenneth Cole, but if you’re looking for something suave and pared-down, his version of the touch-screen works just fine. Cheaper touch-screen watches do exist on the market, but can they keep world time?


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