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Czapek & Cie ‘Courage every second’ for Only Watch

Czapek & Cie participates for the first time in the charity auction with a unique piece designed exclusively for the event.

For the first time, Czapek takes part in the upcoming edition of this campaign with the donation of the Quai des Bergues N°25ter ‘Courage every second’. The brand supports everyone facing the most difficult times, with a meaningful phrase: "Courage every second".

“We have been thinking for a long time about using our passion for the benefit of a good cause. Only Watch is an amazing project, and we’re extremely proud to have the opportunity to be part of it.” says Xavier De Roquemaurel, CEO of Czapek. “Courage every second’ is our message for the children and their families fighting against muscular dystrophy. Our wish is for them to be brave and strong, face this difficult challenge and keep smiling”.

The Quai des Bergues N°25ter “Courage every second” features a première in watchmaking: a ‘secret sentence’ written in an enamel ‘Grand Feu’ dial.

‘Courage every second’ for Only Watch

© Czapek & Cie

The immaculate enamel dial of the model is very large and reveals an extremely rare bombé shape similar to the ones of pocket watches. This bombé shape is created by capillarity: when the dial goes into the oven during the manufacturing process the enamel powder melts and creates a bombé shape, like the side of a drop. To make it even more difficult, each sub-dial is welded, and the small seconds sub-dial boasts a ‘secret signature’ by François Czapek. This secret signature is created using a rare (and secret) enamel making technique. The writing remains invisible and hence secret until its owner reveals it with a ray of light, for example when the sun is bouncing off the dial at a certain angle.

Born from the technique of the secret signature, the ‘secret sentence’ has been unveiled for the first time by Czapek at Baselworld 2017. It consists of a message of up to 33 characters, crafted in enamel in the upper centre of the dial. It is only made on order, so that each secret sentence remains unique and is only used once.

The 42,5-mm case of the timepiece also has its special touch: it is made of XO Steel, a mysterious stainless steel alloy exclusive to Czapek, normally used in the North Sea’s extremely corrosive conditions. The timepiece hosts the SXH1 calibre, a 3 hertz Czapek proprietary double barrel, 7-day, manually wound movement. It is an unusual re-interpretation of the original movement of Czapek model 3430 made in 1850.

‘Courage every second’ for Only Watch

The Quai des Bergues N°25ter © Czapek & Cie


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