The name Czapek, when celebrated as an accomplice of what might become Patek Philippe, returned to the front line of the scene late 2015 with the exquisite and thoroughly examined Quai des Bergues. The watch was granted the public prize at GPHG 2016, perhaps the most (if not the most) important industry grant service, which is no little accomplishment. The assortment mirrors the Czapek morals to propose finely made works of art whose downplayed style offers an unmistakable turn and a particular character.
This year the model is improved with lovely guilloche dials, hand-made in the conventional way. This smart watch is offered in three distinct variants: white gold with ‘ocean salt dim’ dial, steel with ‘water blue’ dial, and an interesting piece in pink gold with an ‘head blue’ dial. These are fabricated with Metalem (a conspicuous creator of value dials) and all the more exactly in one of their specific ateliers where a modest bunch of master skilled workers save the sacred craft of hand-guilloché in the Val-de-Ruz. These are carefully assembled to a level of refinement which loans genuine uniqueness and legitimacy to these works of art.
The dial is designed out of a gold – platinum – silver – palladium amalgam plate, and the restrictive ‘ricochet’ design is applied by hand on a rose motor machine. Age-old strategies are utilized to make another, unique design: the unpredictable, redundant theme depends on a twofold point of convergence to make finely-finished, enamoring and unmistakable wave obstructions on the dial.
Interestingly, the brand name has been printed straightforwardly on the guilloche design as opposed to being applied on a cartouche, which is a decent touch. It is matched with the brand’s unmistakable Fleur-de-Lys hands for the gold form (gold or blued steel) or dynamic openwork spear molded hands for the steel version.
42.5 mm in distance across, the watch has extraordinary presence on the wrist, while the ergonomic carries guarantee a comfortable fit. The case includes a crown monitor as an afterthought. The sapphire gem is marginally domed, broadening the bended case profile and inclined bezel. Turn the watch over and the show case back, got by eight screws, uncovers the hand–wound development within.
Like all Quai des Bergues watches, the Guiloché dial variants are fueled by the manual type SHX1. This exclusive type has been created and made by Chronode in Le Locle. Working at 21,600 vibrations each hour, the development includes a seven-day power save on account of its two barrels. It highlights focal hours and minutes, an auxiliary little seconds at 7h30 and the force hold sign with week days at 4h30. The completion is truly decent with sandblasted spans, anglage performed by hand and openwork ratchets – additional proof of the brand’s fine craftsmanship.
The Quai des Bergues guilloché are combined with subjective croc cowhide lashes. The pink gold adaptation includes a blue ‘patiné’ calfskin helping to remember shoe cowhide patina. A pin clasp coordinating the material of the case sets the last touch. For more data about Czapek watches, if it’s not too much trouble, visit www.czapek.com.
Technical details – Czapek Genève Quai des Bergues Guilloché
- Case: 42.5 mm – steel, white or pink (5N) gold case – sapphire precious stone and transparent case back with antireflective covering – water impervious to 30m.
- Movement: type SHX1 mechanical with manual winding – 168 h power hold – 21,600 vibrations/h – 31 gems – hours, minutes, little seconds, power save indication.
- Strap: alligator cowhide with steel or gold pin buckle.
- Price: CHF 14,800 in steel and CHF 25,900 in gold