Czapek - Czapek Quai des Bergues N. 25bis

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Czapek - Czapek Quai des Bergues N. 25bis


Czapek Quai des Bergues N. 25bis


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Czapek Quai des Bergues N. 25bis


Extraordinary example of balance, harmony and refinement, the Czapek Quai des Bergues N°25bis is a modern-day wristwatch displaying hours, minutes, seconds and day of the week. As in each timepiece from the Czapek Quai des Bergues collection, its dial is inspired by a pocket watch made by the eponymous watchmaker in the 1850s, the number 3430.

The silver ‘Bombé soleillé dial’, as the name implies, features a sunray motif. The hours are marked with Czapek iconic fine elongated Roman numerals. Positioned at 4:30 is the day subdial, displaying the day of the week as well as the power reserve, while at 7:30 is located the small seconds subdial, in a perfect symmetry.

The Quai des Bergues N° 25bis case, with a 42.5mm diameter, is made of ‘XO Steel’, a form of steel epecially developed for Czapek. ‘XO Steel’ has never before been used in watchmaking: tougher to machine, this exclusive type of stainless steel is extremely resistant to corrosion.

In the heart of this timepiece beats Czapek Calibre SXH1. The ‘haute horlogerie proprietary mechanical hand-wound movement’ bears a strong resemblance to the movement within the Czapek 3430 pocket watch. The twin barrel-springs collaborate to deliver an extraordinary 168 hours of power reserve.

 

Technical specifications

TECHNICAL FEATURES

100% Swiss made

 

Functions

Hours, Minutes & Seconds

Small second at 7h50

Power reserve indication with weekdays or arrow at 4h50

Movement

Calibre SXH1: Haute Horlogerie proprietary mechanical hand-wound movement Power-reserve > 168 hours (7 days) on 2 barrel-springs

Frequency: 3 Hz – 21,600 VpH

Diameter: 32 mm – 14 lines 1⁄4

Height: 4.75 mm

Finish: double open ratchets, sandblasted bridges, blue screws, bevelling, final anglage 'main'

Case & Bracelet

Exclusive « XO » anti-corrosion stainless Steel “Revolution” case

Exclusive case concept with the crown-protections integrated into the stretcher
42.5 mm of external diameter

36.40 mm open diameter

Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment

Sapphire crystal case back with anti-reflective treatment on the inside surface Water-resistance: 50 meters (5 atm)

Alligator strap with “XO” Steel buckle

Dial

Bombé soleillé dial

Night blue Roman numerals

Hands

Blued Steel hands 

Who's who

“You look like a nice guy, so I agree that we meet but my objective will be to convince you not to do it! “ These were the first words Xavier de Roquemaurel recalls about Laurent with a smile. “We were in 2013, and this was the beginning of a unique relationship.” Xavier was in his first year of preparing Czapek’s relaunch with Harry Guhl and Sebastien Follonier the watchmaker. He was full of energy but also very conscious of his limitations. “I had had the chance to loose my job (yes it can be a chance but it takes time to see it like this) and was feeling very impressed to be here with Laurent. We met, various times, and he became one of the most critical brand advisors out of the 12 people that we selected for that task.” Hopefully Laurent did not convince Xavier to give up. 

 

Yet the mission of the Czapek team was nearly impossible: the specifications of reviving François Czapek were unmatchable, the business was over crowded and mature, the resources were scarce, the business model seemed unrealistic… these ‘conversations’ turned out to become an incredible melting pot of high end watchmaking experiences… “An extraordinary watch has to do two things at the same time, it has to strike the newbie, who will be impressed by its beauty without understanding its mechanical dimension, and at the same time it has to fascinate the connoisseur who will look at it with a loupe, and smile silently.” Xavier was eager to learn, and these words from Laurent resonated in his mind. He would work and rework with the team every design, every detail, every aspect of their plan until getting to the perfection. “They wanted to achieve something impossible: launch a brand with half a million, raise a million in crowd funding, and sell in the first year 250 watches at the peak of the worse crisis in the industry. This boldness was unique. After two years, they came with the first models, the Quai des Bergues in gold and in titanium. The gold models were beautiful. The level of execution was way above any of the 3D renders we are used to see” recounts Laurent. One element behind these successful first steps is the collaborative approach that the Czapek team follows. They welcome problems and sit together with their suppliers until inventing a solution, which then becomes an innovation. “We try to free the people we work with to help them give the best they can” admits Xavier. “Alone we can’t do much, and our vision is to remain true to the style of the initial founder, François Czapek… so we need the contribution of each stakeholder.” The 21st-century Quai des Bergues does not imitate the past, though. It was carefully designed as though François Czapek had continued working to this day. On November 2, 2015, eight days precisely before launching the brand, the two men were seated in one of their favourite spot in the rue Saint Honoré, sharing a legendary Croque Monsieur at lunch, and Laurent concluded this new chapter in the history of Czapek with a simple “let’s do it!”. In the end it’s all about people and passion… The next chapter is now in 2016 with the subscription in the spring and the first watches available in the fall...

 
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