Czapek & Cie’s first chronograph series, the Faubourg de Cracovie, now comes in salmon, silver and blue models.
The first Czapek chronograph Faubourg de Cracovie was unveiled at Baselworld 2018. The four new Faubourg de Cracovie references were unveiled for the opening of Czapek & Cie’s first boutique, located on Geneva’s emblematic rue de la Corraterie.
The timepieces are ironically named after the finest and most famous salmon species from the Pacific Ocean: Chinook, Coho, Sockeye and King. Inspiration for these models came from a unique piece created by the company for a collector who had requested a bespoke Quai des Bergues with a salmon guilloché dial and blue hands and numerals.
The salmon and blue Faubourg de Cracovie features a hand-engraved guilloché dial made by the craftspeople at Metalem, Czapek’s partner in Le Locle. The special pattern, called “Résonance,” is derived from the “Ricochet” pattern of the Quai des Bergues collection: concentric circles originating from the two subdials at 3 and 9 o’clock intersect and form bas-relief squares. The dial and the subdials, a trademark of the Czapek brand, are made of “alloy 401,” a combination of 55% gold completed by a mixture of platinum, palladium and silver.
The salmon finish, with its golden hues, is done by electroplating. The colour is unique and gives a special feel to the engraving and the “shadows” at the edges of the engine-turned pattern. The 41.5-millimeter steel case recalls the distinctive “Revolution” case of the Quai des Bergues collection, where the crown protectors serve as pushers for the chronograph functions.
Like all the references in the collection, these four new models are animated by the proprietary Czapek SXH3 calibre. This integrated column-wheel chronograph movement was built by Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier. It delivers 65 hours of power reserve from a single barrel that drives the balance wheel at 36,000 vph. The movement employs some of the most advanced and high-performing mechanical elements, like the linear hammer and the vertical clutch, ensuring a perfect start for the chronograph hand.
Finally, the diamond-blasted anthracite bridges give the final contemporary and sporty aesthetic twist to the movement visible through the transparent case back.
An expression of casual elegance and strong personality, these models will be available as of March at a retail price of CHF 24,000 (recommended international price excluding taxes).
Chronograph, hours, minutes & seconds
Chronograph’s minutes at 3 o’clock
Chronograph’s hours at 9 o’clock
Small seconds at 6 o’clock
Date at 6 o’clock
Caliber SXH3: Haute Horlogerie integrated automatic chronograph movement with a bespoke execution
Power reserve: 65 hours
Frequency: 5 Hz – 36’000 VpH
Column wheel, vertical clutch and linear hammer
Golden rotor with Czapek logo
Diameter: 30mm – 13 lines ¼
Finish: Finely sandblasted and diamond polished anthracite bridges, snailed trottoirs
41.5mm stainless steel case
Sapphire crystal glass-box with anti-reflective treatment
Sapphire case back with anti-reflective treatment on the inner side
Water resistance: 50m
Handcrafted guilloché “Résonance” bombé dial in AuPtPdAg
Baton applied indexes with Superluminova treatment
12 in Arabic numerals with Superluminova treatment
Alligator strap with a steel deploying buckle
International Retail Price (Without Tax)
Faubourg de Cracovie Chinook
Faubourg de Cracovie Sockeye
Faubourg de Cracovie Coho
Faubourg de Cracovie King