Quai des Bergues
Available in gold (with enamel dials), titanium or stainless steel the Quai des Bergues is immediately identifiable by its two subdials, one for the small seconds and another in the form of an original combined power reserve/weekday indicator with a double-edged hand. It is fitted with an exclusive manually-wound calibre with a 7-day power reserve developed by Chronode.
The Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu “Ici et Ailleurs” collection is named after the Parisian square where François Czapek opened a boutique in the mid-19th Century, assumed to be the first Haute Horlogerie boutique ever on this world-famous square. The four limited-edition models feature a one-minute suspended tourbillon, together with a second time zone for today’s world travelers, a day/night disk, and a power reserve indicator. Even with the new functionalities, Czapek lovers will easily recognize the watch’s unusual look with the two subdials at 7:30 and 4:30.
The Place Vendôme is the second phase in the Czapek Renaissance. It highlights the travel through time from past to present and now from present to future.
Faubourg de Cracovie
The Faubourg de Cracovie chronograph is the company’s third collection and was named after the location of Czapek third boutique, which he opened in 1850 in Warsaw, Poland. The caliber inside is also Czapek’s third, following the seven-day manually-wound movement in the Quai des Bergues and the suspended tourbillon with GMT in the Place Vendôme, both famous locations of the late François Czapek. This caliber is a 5Hz, column-wheel, integrated chronograph that makes use of some of the most advanced and effective mechanical elements, like the linear hammer, which reduces wear and tear on parts and resets all the associated dials in one easy movement, and the vertical clutch, ensuring a perfect start for the chronograph hand. The Faubourg de Cracovie represents another major milestone in the company’s modern history… for the pleasure of watch lovers and collectors world-wide.
The Antarctique collection combines sophisticated style and look with a genuine in-house power movement. The Antarctique is a 41-millimeter three-hander, thin enough to slip comfortably under a cuff, and with a carefully-honed, edgy look. The transparent case back reveals the vigorous, 30-millimeter SXH5.01 automatic caliber, conceived internally by a multifaceted team. Special attention was given to both performance and appearance, so the movement’s parts are arranged for visual harmony and transparency. At the root is a free-sprung balance wheel with variable inertia provided by four gold masselotte weights, which enables the highest level of precision tuning for a mechanical watch. The powerful microrotor, made of fully recycled Platinum 950, was placed off-centre to allow a plunging view into the mechanism.
The name Antarctica raises a host of associations, from intrepid explorers to the sheer breath-taking beauty Nature at its most pristine. Indeed, the Sixth Continent has become a symbol of environmental deterioration and the need for humans to step up their efforts to preserve the planet. "The name represents our commitment to doing our part", explains Xavier de Roquemaurel. "It's not only in the use of recycled platinum for the rotor. It's about safeguarding other irreplaceable assets, like the many Swiss artisans dedicated to the traditional watchmaking art. This perfectly illustrates our motto, 'We Collect Rare People'."