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The dream of François Czapek CZAPEK & Cie

Czapek & Cie unveils its latest creation. The young, subscriber-supported brand will use the Baselworld trade fair platform to reveal its bold new venture into the world of ultra-limited series and high-end complications.

The new collection is named Place Vendôme, after the famous square in Paris where François Czapek, spiritus rector of the brand, opened a boutique in the mid-nineteenth century, assumed to be the first haute horlogerie boutique ever onthis world famous square. The first line of watches in the collection features a one-minute suspended tourbillon. It comes together with a second time zone for today's world travelers, a day/night disk, and a classic power reserve indictor.

Even with the new functionalities, lovers of the brand will easily recognize the watch's unusual look with the two subdials at 7:30 and 4:30. On the Place Vendôme, a third has been added at 12 o'clock to display the time. The first series, which

will come in a limited edition of ten pieces in platinum and fifteen in Rose Gold, was named “Lumières.” It refers to both the reflections flashing off the beveled edges of the bridges visible on dial side as well as to the Age of Enlightenment, whichultimately produced the tourbillon, the ultimate balance between science and mechanical poetry.

“It was a big challenge and an adventure to create such a technically advanced timepiece,” says Xavier de Roquemaurel, CEO of Czapek & Cie. “We relied not only our horizontal approach to watchmaking, which brings together a team of outstanding industry craftsmen, but also on the passion for haute horlogerie shared by all those who love and share in this project.”

For the 2016 winners of the Public Prize of the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève, the Place Vendôme goes further into channeling the spirit of François Czapek. The characteristic grand-feu enamel of the Quai des Bergues is still used for the dial, as are the fine “fleur de lys” hands pointing to sleek Roman numerals. They are now joined by an anthracite bead-blasted mainplate and suspended bridges of polished steel.

From a technical standpoint, the watch represents an evolution from the more staid, romantic Quai des Bergues. A day-night disc turning counterclockwise has inserted itself between the two subdials, which now carry the tourbillon on the left and the second time zone on the right. The power reserve indicator migrated and now peers out of the clock face at 12 o'clock.

“François Czapek was a modern thinker with a deep sense of traditional watchmaking,” says de Roquemaurel. “This watch is no doubt he would have dreamt of, and it connects his thoughts about watchmaking esthetics and techniques to the future.” The Place Vendôme “Lumières” is driven by the proprietary, manually wound SXH2 movement beating at 21,600 vph (3 Hz).

The single barrel spring delivers a solid 60 hours of power. The 34.8-millimeter diameter is relatively large, but the height of 9.8 millimeters allows the watch to be discreet and elegant in spite of the many functions. The traditional satin-brushed bridges and openworked ratchet are back again. In the back of the watch is an inscription: Tourbillon suspendu – Ici et Ailleurs, a reference to the second time zone, a gift to global travelers that Czapek himself never knew.

Technical specifications


• Hours and minutes on separate dial located at 12 o'clock

• One-minute tourbillon located at 8 o'clock

• Dragging second time zone on ring at 4 o'clock.

Push-piece setting. Counter-clockwise rotation

• Day/night indicator located at 6 o’clock.

Counter-clockwise rotation

• Power reserve: Off centre disk, located at 12, 90Æ

rotation, winding counter-clockwise



• Caliber SXH2: haute horlogerie proprietary mechanical

hand-wound movement developed by Chronode

and Czapek & Cie

• Power reserve: 60 hours with one barrel spring

• Frequency: 3 Hz – 21,600 VpH

• Diameter: 34.8 mm – 15 ó lines

• Height: 9.8 mm



• Front: anthracite sand-blasted plate, steel bridges with

sandblasting, circular graining, and polish

• Tourbillon: polished, chamfered and with flanks drawn.

One blue screw marks the seconds

• Case back: open ratchet with circular bevelling,

sand-blasted bridges, blue screws, manual chamfering



• 5platinum Pt950 case

• 43.5 mm diameter

• Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment

on both sides

• Sapphire crystal case back with anti-reflective treatment

on both sides

• Water-resistance: 30 meters (3 atm)

• Alligator strap with 5N Rose Gold or platinum buckle



• “Grand feu” Enamel ring, steel polished bridges and sand-blasted plate


• 5N Rose Gold “fleur de lys” hands


• 10 pieces in platinum Pt950 numbered 1/10 to 10/10

• 15 pieces in 5N Rose Gold numbered 1/15 to 15/15

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