The ‘Antarctique Passage de Drake’ collection by Czapek is enriched with unprecedented chromatic shades. Two new dial colors enrich the proposals of the line created by the historic maison relaunched in 2015. “At Czapek, we are passionate about watchmaking at the service of enthusiasts – he declares in a note Xavier de Roquemaurel, CEO of Czapek & Cie -. Our mission is to provide a creative platform that allows collectors to express their personality through our watches. At the same time, we are often avant-garde in trends. Both blue and salmon were two shades in our pipeline, but before we even announced them we had several requests for bespoke pieces in these colors from collectors. It was therefore obvious that it was the right path to follow ”.
Both the Passage de Drake Salmon and Glacier Blue dials are decorated with the Czapek ‘Stairway to Eternity’ registered pattern, an atypical trapezoidal pattern whose three-dimensional printed surface creates a play of shadows on the dial. While the salmon color was created through ‘electroplating’, a galvanic treatment, the Glacier Blue shade can only be achieved with a PVD (physical vapor deposition) treatment. In both cases, Czapek collaborated with his long-time Swiss partner Metalem.
Both timepieces are powered by the SXH5 automatic caliber, whose micro-rotor, made of completely recycled 950 platinum, is located off-center. The gear train is held in place by a series of seven skeletonized bridges whose shape is inspired by both 19th-century pocket watches and the ultra-modern rotor of the Czapek Faubourg de Cracovie chronograph. The movement has superlative finishes on the bridges, combining the anglage techniques typical of traditional Haute Horlogerie with cutting-edge laser engravings. The Passage de Drake Glacier Blue and Salmon models are equipped with the new micro-adjustment system of the Antarctique steel bracelet. Customers who purchase these new references now have the option to choose between the ’12’ in Arabic numerals or the double ‘II’ index at twelve o’clock on the dial. Czapek also offers other customization options, such as a second hand, a custom engraving on the caseback, a fully brushed metal bracelet and an additional complimentary rubber or leather strap.
Antarctique Passage de Drake Glacier Blue and Salmon is available on Czapek.com, in the Geneva boutique at 18, rue de la Corraterie, and at the brand’s official dealers worldwide.