Czapek & Cie Enamel special series
Czapek & Cie has used the ancient art of enamelling as a way to extend the aesthetic range of some existing models.
Following the release of new dial variants in January, Czapek & Cie presented at Baselworld 2019 four of the company's tried-and-true models as a special enamel series. They have received new dials in brilliant enamel variations, thanks to collaborations with Czapek's shareholders and manufacturing partners. "Enamel is durable and it renders colour with a special feeling of depth," says CEO Xavier de Roquemaurel. "So we decided to tap into our partnerships with Donzé Cadrans and Metalem to create new dials for present and future owners and to pay tribute to our concept of horizontal manufacturing."
The Quai des Bergues 25ter has a brilliant Grand-Feu white dial, which harmonises well with the keenedged 42.5-millimeter steel case. It gives the watch a natural lightness and clarity.
Quai des Bergues 25ter © Czapek & Cie
Another Quai des Bergues, this time an S model in 38.5mm, was used to try out a new approach to the “flinqué” technique, which combines guilloché with enamel. In this case, Czapek partner Metalem recreated the company's own Ricochet design on a stamping tool which was then applied to a silver plate. A blue enamel with an exclusive sapphire tone was then added by Donzé Cadrans.
Quai des Bergues Sapphire Blue © Czapek & Cie
The hue was created following the inputs of a panel of Czapek shareholders and collectors. "Getting it right involved a lot of fine tuning," de Roquemaurel recalls "Everyone uses blue today so finding a strong and unique blue required inspiration from past and present hues lingering in the zeitgeist." The grand-feu technique, which bakes the enamel at over 800°C will give brilliance and exuberance to a white dial. Black enamel, on the other hand, becomes ocean-deep and mysterious. To achieve this effect perfectly for the Quai des Bergues Black Enamel S, the normally vaulted dial plate had to be flattened to ensure the even spread of the enamel application.
Quai des Bergues Black Enamel S © Czapek & Cie
Finally, Czapek decided to use enamelling to create the 41.5-millimeter Faubourg de Cracovie Tao, an unprecedented black and white Grand-Feu enamel “panda” watch. The two subdials at 9 and 3 o'clock have been slightly sunken into the striking white dial and appear in shiny black, like the eyes of a panda – the famous analogy used to describe such chronographs. The subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o'clock has remained white, with the date almost incorporated creating a kind of mouth for the panda. Finally, the 12 in Roman numeral is still red as a focal point of the watch. It's where everything begins.
Faubourg de Cracovie « Tao » © Czapek & Cie
Czapek & Cie. harks back to the origins of one of the watch industry’s most prestigious names, which was born from the watchmaking skills of two Polish émigrés who sought refuge in Switzerland after Poland’s November uprising.Find out more >
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