August 17, 2012
by Ariel Adams
Here is some shameless “Stallonage.” Sly dons a Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec GMT watch during the European premier of the Expendables II movie (in Germany I think). I must admit that I am really looking forward to seeing the film – especially because Arnold will be more prominently featured in it. Hopefully he will get some battle damage to show his metallic Schwarzenegger innards.
Sylvester hasn’t had the easiest last few months as his son Sage Stallone died of what I believe was a drug overdose in LA. That’s got to be rough as I understand Stallone was a good dad to a kid that couldn’t quite standup on his own two feet. It can’t be easy living in Rambo Balboa’s shadow.
Stallone is well-known for being a serious collector of things from watches to belt buckles. He loves his gadgets and as an icon has helped make a lot of watches popular. Most notable of course was his role in getting Panerai watches popular among his peers in Hollywood. He was also one of the leaders in the “large watch” movement. The Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec GMT watch is 46mm wide and contains a base ETA movement which is modified by CFB. They call it the caliber CFB 1901 automatic chronometer movement. This model can display up to three timezones, has a chronograph, and the date. The design is an acquired taste, but I have to commend Carl F. Bucherer in releasing (what are in my opinion) watches with inherently useful complications. The movement has a lot of cool features, I am not going to discuss them all here, but if you are interested in the piece you should know that.
Stallone’s Patravi TravelTec watch is the 18k rose gold version attached to the thick calfskin leather strap. This model even has versions with diamonds on the bezel – but I don’t think that is Stallone’s style. It also isn’t cheap. Price for the Carl F. Bucherer Patravi TravelTec GMT watch in 18k rose gold is a hefty $44,000. I don’t even want to know the price on the available full 18k rose gold bracelet. My next question is what timepiece will he be wearing in the Expendables II. Another Panerai? Probably.