I make no attempt to hide this fact – I like a GMT complication. I find it useful on a variety of levels, even though I don’t travel to other timezones much these days. If you’re the same, and you want to celebrate a big city on your wrist (so long as it’s London or NYC) then the CuleM Skyline GMT is the one for you.

If you were to review the CuleM catalog, all you’ll see are GMT watches. It looks like they’ve got an established case (and movement, the ETA 2893), and are focusing on different dials to bring to bear. This means that – I believe – we’ve got a case that’s just over 10mm thick, which is quite the feat for an automatic.

The real story – and differentiator – for the CuleM Skyline GMT is the dial, then. Here, you’ve got either London (the home of Greenwich Mean Time), or New York City. Why NYC? Along with being a major world city, the cynical part of me says it was easy to pick out elements of the city to easily place onto the dial and make it recognizable. I mean, same with London, really.

What I particularly like about these dial interpretations on the CuleM Skyline GMT is the fact that you’ve also got some splashes of color on the dial, with what looks to be something akin to an enamel fill on the buildings and monuments. Depending on which dial you select, you’re also helping to support a charity local to that city. For the London dial, it’s supporting Blueprint for All, while NYC supports GrowNYC.

How much will go to those, you ask? Well, it seems that 3% of what you’re spending on CuleM Skyline GMT will go towards the charity – so your watch collecting habit can do some good in the world as well. Want to pick up one of your own? The CuleM Skyline GMT is available now for $1,210 directly from culemwatches.com

Tech Specs from CuleM

  • Movement: ETA 2893-2
  • Case: stainless steel or black PVD; 40mm
  • Crystal: sapphire
  • Caseback: exhibition
  • WR: 5 atm
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Strap: black Italian leather plus an additional strap or bracelet

ByPatrick Kansa

A big data developer and leader with a penchant for gadgets, books, watches and beverages. You can find my work on WristWatchReview, Knapsack.News, and Slushpile. If you're on Twitter and/or Instagram, you'll find me there as @PatrickWatches.

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