In-Depth Review Of The Carl F. Bucherer Patravi EvoTec DayDate1:25 pm
Who can argue with a watch presented to the world famous businessman, investor and philanthropist Ratan Tata? No one. The Patravi EvoTec is a special and unique watch because it is the first watch to house the revolutionary movement CFB A1000. It is an innovative movement formulated and produced from scratch in the company’s own workshop.
At first glance, you can tell that the watch is clearly a dress watch but after a while one notices a different aspect of it. The black strap with the underlining red colour gives the watch a very sporty feel. It would be safe to say, that the EvoTec is a perfect combination of formal yet sporty. With its cushion-shaped case and the massive size, the watch does look intimidating at first, but once you have it on your wrist, the size in fact makes little to no difference.
Carl F. Bucherer committed itself completely to the growing Indian market by presenting Mr. Ratan Tata with the unique and charismatic timepiece, a Patravi EvoTec DayDate wristwatch at the Swiss Ambassador’s Award for Exceptional Leadership back in 2011. It further brought home the philosophy of Carl F. Bucherer being an independent, family owned business for 3 generations.
Driving force of the watch – The movement
Carl F. Bucherer – the jewellery cum watchmaking brand astounded the world with their ground-breaking movement called the A1000 that has a peripheral winding rotor. Usually one hears complaints, often of instability and functional problems with such a rotor. The main purpose of a see-through caseback is the magnificent view of the inner workings of a watch, but, in the case of automatic watches, the rotor pivoting back and forth blocks half of the view, defeating the purpose of a see-through case back. This is where the CFB A1000 movement comes in.
With a rotating peripheral rotor that twirls around the outer ring of the dial instead of going the traditional way ensures better visibility of the intricate mechanism inside the case, making the EvoTec a watch that is aesthetically appealing and strikingly innovative.
While other brands like Patek Philippe and Citizen have tried and tested the peripheral rotor movement, the efficiency of the movement was compromised every single time. However, those were different times with different guidelines, when designing slim movements was the highest priority. CFB paved a whole new way for a peripheral rotor with the introduction of the A1000. This new caliber is not just aesthetically impressive, it rules out any functional instability making the watch more shockproof and accurate.
Carl F. Bucherer’s A1000 movement ensures that energy loss due to friction is at its minimum by using ceramic rollers for the rotor which are coated with diamond-like carbon (DLC), which protects the rollers from wear and tear. The movement also boasts of accurate readings of the regulation mechanism and its winding efficiency with a power reserve of up to 55 hours. While the overall design of the watch is rather elegant and dressy, the robustness of the movement against shocks and hits makes it a dedicated sports watch.
3 C’s: The case, crown and crystal
Let’s talk about the 3 C’s of this watch; the case, crown and crystal. A uniquely shaped case is the main highlight of the entire design of the watch. The cushion shaped case of the EvoTec, also known as the “TV screen” shape, has a generous dimension of 44 x 44.5 mm. The neither round nor square case is enclosed with a rubber bezel that protects it from hits and shocks making the watch apt for outdoor activity. The see-through case back with the peripheral rotor displays the intricate workings of the mechanism and is also water-resistant up to 50m.
The huge rubber-coated screw-down crown is also an eye-catching part of the Patravi EvoTec DayDate. While the crown on its own could look unusual and big for any watch, but the massive rubber crown mounted by two large screws is in perfect alignment with the overall design and look of the EvoTec. The rubber coating on the crown guarantees a good grip and eases the process of setting the time and date.
The lugs of the EvoTec are satinized and the flanks are polished for better visual appeal. The domed sapphire crystal on the dial is coated with anti-reflective metal oxide on both sides to provide an uninterrupted and clear view.
The dial in detail
Aptly called Patravi EvoTec DayDate, the dial features a small seconds counter at 6 o’clock which impressively echoes the shape of the case against a silver background, a large date display at 11 o’clock and a weekday display at 9 o’clock. The small seconds and date display counters are separated with metallic frames which further enhances and clarifies the different aspects and zones of the dial.
The digits of the date display are separated by a bar, ensuring better visibility of the date. The applied hour- markers on the dial are polished and made of rhodium-plated steel which is further coated with white Super Luminova. An interesting aspect of the dial are the skeletonized hour and minute hands made from rhodium-plated steel.
Strap and the clasp
A watch of this size requires a sturdy clasp for better grip and hold. The Patravi EvoTec DayDate comes in a black leather strap with a folding clasp; the strap is made of calfskin leather and the clasp of stainless steel. The black strap has a red lining which makes the watch look attractive and sporty.
The clasp of the EvoTec is different with no holes present for the buckle. To strap on the watch, one just needs to adjust the leather into the clasp resulting in a firm grasp of the watch on the wrist.
Carl F. Bucherer’s Patravi EvoTec DayDate houses one of the most thrilling movements, the A1000, which lives up to its full potential with ease and utmost satisfaction. The see-through case back with the peripheral rotor ensures a great view of the revolutionary movement. As mentioned before, the watch blends perfectly from a dressy to a sporty one. A watch that delivers superb technical value and visual appeal. What more could one want?
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