Carl F. Bucherer recently updated its Patravi collection with four new references of its GMT Chronograph, the Traveltec. Presented in yellow, orange, green, and blue, the new Carl F. BuchererPatraviTraveltec Color Edition watches represent the four seasons of the year.
The PatraviTraveltec watches are an embodiment of substance and style. The combination of a GMT and chronograph makes these watches a compelling proposition from a functionality standpoint and the funky colorful dials bring a ton of visual excitement. As mentioned above there are 4 vivid colorways on offer, one for each season; Yellow for summer, Green for spring, orange for autumn, and blue for winter. Colors aside, the layout remains identical to other members of the Traveltec family. Moving outwards from the center, you first have a tri-register chronograph setup with counters at 3,6 and 9, which have been presented in black to offer a nice contrast against the bright background. Next in line are the applied, polished hour markers, the minute/seconds track, and a magnified date window between 4 and 5. Then comes the first GMT chapter ring with bold Arabic numerals, which can be rotated using the pusher at 10 and can be read using the triangle tipped hand. A nice little touch here is that the adjustment mechanism can be seen in action through a small window on the side of the case. And finally, on the outermost periphery of the dial is the second 24-hour scale which is fixed and can be used to track the third time zone. Reading the local time is made possible using the distinctive lume filled semi-skeletonized handset.
The case on these new Traveltec color edition watches has been crafted from stainless steel. It measures 46.6mm in diameter and maintains the bold and chunky aesthetic of its Traveltec cousins. It features 3 pushers at 2, 4, and 10, a sapphire window on the left side of the case, and finally a large threaded crown at 3. Interestingly, the crown has been presented in the same color as that of the dial, giving the watch a coherent look. The case is water-resistant to 50 meters.
The unique and useful blend of a Chronograph and a GMT complication calls for an intriguing movement, which in this instance is the calibre CFB 1901.1. An automatic movement, the CFB 1901.1 uses the ETA 2894 as it is base, which is then heavily modified by the brand to accommodate the multi-time zone feature. The movement operates at a frequency of 4 Hz, offers a power reserve of around 42 hours, and is COSC certified to ensure supreme accuracy. It has been hidden behind a case back that has been deeply engraved with a world tone-zone chart.