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The Patravi TravelTec GMT FourX sort of makes the standard version look dull by comparison. I hate to say that, but the neat skeletonized dial with the more interesting material choices simply interest me much more. That isn’t to say that the standard TravelTec GMT isn’t a good piece. They have the same movement and features, but rather that for serious nerds such as myself it is hard to look at the FourX and then back at the standard model. Though in terms of price the standard model (available in steel) offers a lot more bang for your buck.

As of now, the FourX version only comes in this 950 palladium case and a limited edition of 125 pieces in 18k rose gold. That means they are pretty ritzy, but you get a lot more character for the extra money. The case is 46.6mm wide and a rather thick 15.5mm. Though thanks to short lugs and a flat case back it wears really comfortably. The “FourX” part of the watch’s name has to do with the four materials used on the case. Most of it is palladium as I said (which is heavy just like platinum), then you also have ceramic for the bezel, titanium, and rubber which is used on the crown and chronograph pushers. I do always like ceramic bezels for their durability, and in this case the bezel is finely machined with an attractive design. An interesting and unexpected feature is a sapphire crystal window on the side of the case that offers an operational view of some gears. What you are actually seeing is part of the internal rotating bezel system.

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Attached to the watch is actually a nice strap with two types of rubber. The top layer is stitched to the bottom layer and looks like carbon fiber. Rubber is actually a good material choice for the strap because it allows you to have a comfortable, secure fit that prevents the watch from moving around – an issue given the size and heavy material choice. The buckle and pin are in titanium.

Wasn’t it clear that with a name this long, the Patravi TravelTec GMT FourX was going to be a cool and probably quirky creation? It has mainstream functionality without being in any way mainstream. I’ve always been very impressed with the fit and finish of Carl F. Bucherer timepieces, and this watch does not disappoint in that department. The brand’s job now is to continue and promote the value of the brand name and their products, because the name of the game is really trying to educate people as there are a healthy amount of great watches for this price. My final thought about the Patravi TravelTec GMT FourX is that is has the heart of a tool watch with a totally different type of styling. Retail price is $52,900.

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>Brand: Carl F. Bucherer
>Model: Patravi TravelTec GMT FourX ref. 00.10620.21.93.01
>Price: $52,900
>Size: 46.6mm
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Frequent, well-funded traveler who feels it is time to move from something like a Breitling to a more unique option.
>Best characteristic of watch: Genuinely useful luxury watch with a uniquely masculine design that makes good use of materials and design.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Few people need to track a third time zone, but I guess it is a nice feature to have. Hands could be a bit more prominent. Pricey.

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