Published by Pierre-Paul Godts
Patravi TravelTec FourX Limited Edition.
A new dimension: 1 watch, 3 time zones, 4 materials.
Titanium, ceramic and rubber: with the Patravi TravelTec FourX Limited Edition, time takes on a new material format. These selected materials, together with 18 karat rose gold, make the 125-year Jubilee Collection from the Carl F. Bucherer a real talking point among watch enthusiasts.
In the Patravi TravelTec FourX Limited Edition model, the watchmakers at Carl F. Bucherer bring together not only different time zones but also different worlds – worlds of exquisite materials. Fine 18 K rose gold, paired with extra-hard high-tech ceramic, which sets the highest standards in the time-consuming process of forming the bezel. And high-quality titanium and highly resistant rubber also play their role in an extraordinary overall concept. For together, these four very different materials add yet another dimension to the fourth dimension of time: exclusivity.
Movement and case integrated for the first time.
The design of the Patravi TravelTec, which was first launched in 2006, created entirely new challenges for engineers, watchmakers and designers, since the specification required the clear and simultaneous indication of three time zones, necessitating for the first time ever the integration of movement and case. In the Patravi TravelTec, the case contains part of the time-zone selection mechanism, which is controlled in two directions by means of a single push-piece. The process can even be observed through a window that has been let into the side.
For frequent fliers and globe-trotters.
The time and effort put into the design is very much aimed at ease of operation. For example, the direction of travel (east or west) can be pre-selected on the multifunctional push-piece at 10 o’clock and each push causes a jump to the next time zone, the flange with its imprinted 24-hour scale turning in either direction to guarantee that the red hours hand always shows the correct local time.
Unlike other “world time watches”, the Patravi TravelTec is suitable both for frequent flyers and for those who communicate with people all over the world. Those entering another time zone will prefer to make an adjustment at once, moving the wedge-shaped hours-hand forward or backward an hour at a time. Those who frequently need to make calls to other time zones will value the combination of the 24-hours hand and the patented Patravi TravelTec mechanism, which allows selection of the time zone of the person called to see at a glance whether it is day or night there.
Luxury and high tech combined.
As far as its “instrument look” is concerned, the Patravi TravelTec FourX Limited Edition has nothing to hide. For this reason, the watchmakers have given it a skeletonized dial permitting a free view of the gearing of the painstakingly decorated automatic movement. A visual delight is provided by the elegant date indication under an effective loupe: the figures are milled out of the date ring and remain invisible until they appear over a red background in the date window. The technical look of the overall appearance is reinforced by the colors. Matt black contrasts with noble rose gold, and the essential information on the dial stands out in bright red.
The new Modell Patravi TravelTec FourX, in a Limited Edition of 125, once again does honor to Carl F. Bucherer. This timepiece is designed as a tribute to the great visionary, the depth of his character and the creativity of his company. The founding year of his first watchmaking business is engraved on the watch’s case back. So the journey through time (zones) can begin.
- Movement: automatic, CFB 1901.1 caliber, chronometer, diameter 28.6 mm, height 7.3 mm, 39 jewels, power reserve of 42 hours
- Functions: chronograph, three time zones, date, hours, minutes, small seconds
- Case: 18 K rose gold, ceramic bezel, skeletonized dial, screw-down crown and chronograph push-piece in 18 K rose gold and rubber, blackened titanium push-piece, sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, water-resistant to 50 m (5 atm), diameter 46.6 mm, height 15.5 mm
- Strap: rubber strap, 18 K rose gold pin buckle
- Variants: 00.10620.21.93.01: case in palladium, pin buckle in titanium