Czapek & Cie presents the new Quai des Bergues “Sursum Corda” – a unique piece created to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the company.
The timepiece is based on the Quai des Bergues calibre and gold case – the company’s first collection. The Sursum Corda dial features a world map in cloisonné enamel enclosed within a brushed white gold ring, and an outer hour ring with beautiful hand engraved waves. Laser blasting, cutting and soft sand blasting are employed to create a velvet effect.
The base plate of the dial was cast by Precinox in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, and is made from a special white gold alloy in order to facilitate all these techniques. The cloisonné world map is made by Donze Cadrans.
The continents are displayed in a blue/grey finish and softly blasted to feature the terrain. Each continent is then contained within thin (0.1 mm) walls of white gold, barriers against the five seas which are finished in turquoise. The ring encompassing the world bears the Latin inscription “Sursum Corda” – along with its English translation “Lift Up your Hearts”. Additionally, the motto is also shown in the three main Swiss languages, French, German and Italian.
Finally, hand-engraving of the outer ring was executed by master engraver Michele Rothen, following a design by Adrian Buchmann. The hand-engraving of the dial took more than 40 hours to complete. Other dial features – such as the small seconds sub-dial, inscriptions ring and hour ring, were manufactured by Metalem.
This unique watch is powered by the Czapek manually wound proprietary SXH calibre, which features: hours, minutes and small seconds functions, along with an impressive 7-day power reserve.
Model: Sursum Corda Unique Piece
1N white gold case
42.5 mm diameter
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on the inside surface
Sapphire crystal case back with anti-reflective treatment on the inside surface
Water-resistance: 30 meters (3 atm)
Calibre SXH1: Haute Horlogerie proprietary mechanical hand-wound movement
Power-reserve > 168 hours (7 days) on 2 barrel springs
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21,600 VpH
Diameter: 32 mm – 14 lines 1⁄4
Height: 4.75 mm
Finish: Double open ratchets, sandblasted bridges, blue screws, bevelling, final anglage ‘main’
Hours, Minutes & Seconds
Small second at 7h30
World map at the center of the dial in cloisonné enamel
Inscriptions ring in brushed white gold
Hours outer ring with hand-engraved waves
Laser blasting and cutting and soft sand blasting to create a ‘velvet’ effect
Skeletonized, rhodium plated steel hands
Dark matt blue alligator strap
Unique piece to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Czapek & Cie
International retail price