Czapek to me, at its best, is a distillation of all that is good in the watch community. The brand that was revived half a decade ago by essentially the watch community is run by and for the community and that makes it unique in the industry. So whatever they do, I tend to take notice (you should, too). I have to admit, I did not see this release coming at all. It does fill in a nice hole in their collection so let’s see what this is all about.
It is a stainless steel sportswatch with an integrated bracelet. This is currently the trendy thing to do it seem, so forgive me if I’m not overly excited just yet. Many have tried, most have failed when it comes to this type of watch. So how did Capek fare here?
At first sight, the watch has a clean design, nothing too wild. The bracelet design with the C link design (C, from Czapek) is a nice twist on this design. Handy feature is also that the bracelet can be very easily swapped out for a strap thanks to a quick release mechanism.
The size on this watch is just about perfect, 40.5mm wide and just 10.5mm thick (or should I say thin). Flip the watch over and you’re greeted by arguably the nicest part of this watch. the calibre SXH5. SkeletonizedSkeletonizing A decorative technique that involves removing some of the material from the movement parts to create a see-through effect, often used on the plates and bridges. [Learn More] bridgesBridges The bridges of a watch movement are the metal plates that hold the wheels and other components of the movement in place. They are attached to the main plate of the movement with screws. Bridges are used to support the balance wheel, the escapement, the mainspring barrel and other elements. Combined with the main plate they are the foundation of any watch movement. [Learn More], blacked out everything, a very ‘haute horlogerie’ micro-rotor in 18K gold. Based on the release pictures it is a real beauty, and going by Czapek’s past releases I’m sure this will also be the case once you get to see this in the metal.
Currently 30% of the available pieces (99) have already been reserved. Several dial versions are available including a slightly more expensive handpainted dial version (limited to 10 pieces).
If you want a tangible piece of the watchcommunity, hesitate not and head to https://czapek.com/antarctique_subscription/ now to reserve yours for the USD 18,900.00