Good things come in small packages. I won’t get into where this idiom originates from, but literally speaking, I have instantly been smitten by this 39mm of goodness. Not many are partial, as me, to case sizes between 34mm to 40mm, given the hunky-chunky 45mm cases that are prevalent with contemporary watches, but for those of you out there, who share the same affinity, I urge you to spend your next 10 minutes with me. 

It’s a much required shot-in-the-arm (excuse my tongue-in-cheek, given the current circumstances) for the “Adamavi” family and Carl F. Bucherer couldn’t have done it better. “Even though Covid-19 has presented us with enormous challenges in recent weeks and months, we have tried to focus on what we have been doing best for the last 133 years: manufacturing timeless, elegant, and technically refined watches for stylish watch lovers. I believe we have achieved great success in this endeavor through the Adamavi Full Calendar,” says Sascha Moeri, CEO of Carl F. Bucherer.

I am not high; when I say this, just enthralled by my love for calendar watches, “Imagine how well the black dial would age”, cause when I look at this full-calendar, it takes me back to the aesthetics of the 70’s, an era which gave us clean legible dials and useful complications. The slender ‘rose-gold’ hued indices with a vertical satin finish add an elegant contrast over the black satin finish of the dial. A ring of Arabic numerals is milled into the center of the dial, along which a distinctive white hand pointer to the date, while windows at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock indicate the day of the week and the month. The moon phase at 6 o’clock would have been even more captivating if the print had a ‘raised’ moon, giving it more definition and making it more distinctive. 

The calibre 1966 used by Carl F. Bucherer in the Adamavi full calendar has also had its presence in the brand’s earlier collections, like the 125th anniversary Manero moon phase watch in a steel and gold case. I much prefer the construction and the clean lines of the Adamavi case in comparison to the Manero, though I think a few brushed-polish touches could bring more character to the singular polished surface of Adamavi’s case. 

As the Adamavi is, it stands as a good value proposition. The automatic cal. 1966 is based on an ETA or Sellita base with a Dubois Dépraz module for a calendar. 42 hours of power reserve, exhibition case-back, alligator strap, the “Made in Lucerne” is a winner at INR. 3.25 lacs. 


Adamavi Full Calendar

Reference numbers:

00.10324.08.13.01 (silver dial, blue alligator leather strap)
00.10324.08.13.21 (silver dial, stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp) 
00.10324.08.33.01 (black dial, black alligator leather strap)
00.10324.08.33.21 (black dial, stainless steel bracelet with folding clasp)


Coming from a family of watch enthusiasts and pioneers, Kari, as fondly identified by the watch-community, has been a part of this mystical world of horology for almost two decades now. From watch magazines to books to Internationally acclaimed watch shows, Kari has founded, initiated and pioneered various such endeavours.

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