Here’s a fun fact: Carl F. Bucherer is one of the very oldest luxury watchmakers in Switzerland still entirely owned by its founding family — a feat which develops more and more impressive every year as the business’s original independents are quantified in continually dwindling numbers. The Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec II view is a product of the family’s third generation of direction — an ultra-modern traveler’s view that packs a shocking amount of detail and also multi-timezone capability in a hefty 47mm case which should appeal to some regular fliers appearing to throw discretion to the wind in the title of owning a jumping-hour GMT chronometer. It’s not cheap, but you won’t find one on every other wrist and the quality, character, and design are on point.Latin for ‘accomplish’ (or the act of bringing something to end), ‘Patravi’ is the naming convention for Carl F. Bucherer’s most dynamic collection. Bold and innovative twists on classic sport watch styles rule the roost here epitomized in the TravelTec II, which makes no apologies because of its dimensions and overwhelming busyness — like a Daytona-Explorer II lovechild bred for power-lifters. Even still, there are a number of nice details and performance here, like the dial’s remarkable depth, along with the capacity to see three time zones at once, that ought to be equally appreciated by someone with a discerning eye and a confident wrist.Being a family-owned and operate watchmaker with a solid commitment to invention, it should come as little surprise that Carl F. Bucherer has developed a stable of its own in-house calibers — sadly though, the TravelTec II does not use one of them. Instead, we have exactly the CFB Caliber 1901.1 chronometer — a greatly altered ETA 2894 GMT, equipped with a chronograph, and a pusher which rotates the inner 24-hour bezel — and in doing so, also jumps ahead and back, accordingly as required, which is particularly neat.
Its cousin is also available in a black DLC version, which, much like the case of several black watches, manages to make those dimensions wear even bigger, so if there’s any doubt in your mind as to which version could be more ‘wearable,’ the TravelTec II in SS is most likely the way to go.The case architecture itself is virtually the same, with key signatures such as the GMT selector at 10:00, movement window at 9:00, and the curved bezel design, which currently applies a stationary, engraved 24-hour ring — a nice update which more economically spreads out the watch’s visual information and enables the reading of that third time zone through the red 24-hour GMT hand. On the first TravelTec, the transition was jarring — going in the crazy-busy dial to smooth, curved bezel appeared cool, but it also was not actually the most judicial use of the case’s available actual estate.One other noteworthy change between versions of the TravelTec is in the caseback. Either way, it’s been scaled back considerably, with just a complete rundown of the world’s time zones and the typical respective city from every, save for Lucerne, Carl F. Bucherer’s town of origin obtaining the nod instead of the usual Geneva. In its new design, however, the caseback itself functions a bit more purpose than before, acting as a helpful reference graph when setting the GMT hand.
So, generally, the watch has the time, GMT hand, GMT ring that goes west or east, a 12 hour chronograph, and the date. That is an impressive list of features and for watch lovers who adore functions, this bit doesn’t really disappoint. The goods news, is it’s also useful. For those traveling, it’s indeed a handy opinion. Because sometimes brands like to have complex just for the sake of being book or getting complex. There is no real rhyme or reason for many novel assortments of features aside from the fact that no one has done it earlier. I must mention that for the most part Carl F. Bucherer does design new pieces intelligently with at lest some particular use or market consumer in mind.The Patravi TravelTec GMT FourX sort of makes the standard version appear dull by comparison. I hate to say this, however, the neat skeletonized dial using the intriguing material options simply interest me much more. That is not to say the standard TravelTec GMT isn’t a fantastic piece. They possess the identical movement and features, but instead that for serious nerds such as myself it is hard to look at the FourX and then back in the standard model. Though in terms of price the standard model (available in steel) offers much more bang to your buck.As of now, the FourX version only comes from this 950 palladium instance plus a limited edition of 125 pieces in 18k rose gold. That means they’re pretty ritzy, but you get a good deal more character for the extra cash. The circumstance is 46.6mm broad and a rather hefty 15.5mm. Though thanks to brief lugs and a flat case it back wears quite comfortably.
Let us talk about the movement and performance prior to discussing the case and design in more detail. In a nutshell – as the title obviously suggests – that the Patravi TravelTech GMT FourX is a timepiece intended for travel. In that respect it’s a lot of utility. The motion is known as the caliber CFB 1901.1 and features a base ETA 2894 automatic chronograph with a GMT complication constructed on to it. There’s a lot of movement customization, like the exceptional date disc. Also, the movement is a COSC certified Chronometer and it has about 42 hours of power reserve.The date disc is stenciled metal which passes over a reddish plate that colors the numeral on that day’s date. On the indicator is a reverse sapphire crystal mounted magnifier lens that allows the date to be read more easily. I rather enjoy these. The GMT hand together with the standard hands enable you to track two time zones. Note that as is standard on most GMT watches, the hour hand to the local time corrects at full hour increments if desirable (which can also be a part of the date setting feature). The TravelTec GMT nevertheless allows for you to track a third time zone using a complication that’s part of this case.See which pusher located near 10 o’clock? It’s used to turn an inside rotating bezel in one hour increments. The pusher has a change over it that you can turn. It locks the pusher in place or allows you to turn the ring to the left or the right. It is a nifty system and the pusher and switch is completed in ceramic. I just wish it’d be something I would use more, however if you’d wish to use this ring as the second time zone indicator you might do this just as easily also.
|Brand||Carl F. Bucherer|
|Location||United States of America, New York, Monsey|
|Power reserve||38 h|
|Number of jewels||26|
|Case diameter||38 mm|
|Water resistance||5 ATM|
|Luminescent Hands, Screw-Down Crown|
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|No frills, clear-cut and reduced to essentials: in terms of both design and functionality, the Patravi AutoDate is a classic.Carl F. Bucherer Patravi AutoDate Automatic Stainless Steel Mens Strap Swiss watch Model# 00.10617.08.23.21 / 0010617082321. The watch case and bracelet is crafted from brushed & polished stainless steel, White dial, silver tone & luminous hand indicators, Silver tone & luminous index hour markers, sweep seconds hand, Date display at the 3 o’clock position, Scratch Resistant Sapphire Crystal, Screw-in crown with Carl F. Bucherer logo, Screw-down transparent case back, Swiss Automatic winding movement, Caliber Carl F. Bucherer CFB 1950, 26 Jewels, 38 hour power reserve, Water resistant to 5 atm/50 meters/165 feet. As all of our watches, this Carl F. Bucherer Patravi AutoDate Gents watch is BRAND NEW, and comes in its original packaging.|