Carl F. Bucherer’s triple-time-zone chronograph watch, the TravelTec, gets a matte-black makeover at Baselworld 2016. Previously available in steel and rose-gold variations, the newest version of the Carl F. Bucherer Patrvai TravelTec features a scratch-resistant black DLC coating.
The wafer-thin but exceptionally durable DLC (diamond-like carbon) finish on the TravelTec is applied in a multi-stage process, enhancing both the scratch-resistance and shock absorption of the 46.6-mm stainless steel case as well as the stainless steel bracelet (which is outfitted with a black DLC-coated folding clasp). The dark, monotone look echoes that of the black dial, which displays three time zones simultaneously, the third by means of a central red hand pointing to a rotating 24-hour scale on the dial’s flange. In addition to the two chronograph pushers on the right side of the case, the watch features a monopusher at 10 o’clock that enables the wearer to set the third time zone in either a western or eastern direction — a patented system that frequent travelers will find eminently user-friendly.
Inside the case — whose 50-meter water-resistance is enabled by a solid, elaborately engraved caseback and screw-down crown — beats Carl F. Bucherer’s automatic chronograph Caliber CFB 1901.1, which is chronometer-certified and carries a 42-hour power reserve. The front of the case, which is 15.5 mm thick, is fitted with a sapphire crystal that has a non-reflective treatment on both sides. The Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec in black DLC (Ref. 00.10618.104.22.168) will be priced at $14,800.