Unveiled at Watches and Wonders 2023 in Geneva along with Sashiko models, La ‘Carte des Nuages’ is a new dial version of Czapek & Cie Antarctique S watch.
La ‘Carte des Nuages’ (the Map of the Clouds) dial plays with the rich glow of white or grey mother-of-pearl, offsetting it with a glittering pair of ‘Antarctique cut’ diamonds marking 12, and a Princess cut diamond set at each of the 11 other hours.
Etched into the surface, six fine guilloché gridlines anchor the composition, in a playfully modern take on the traditional craft of guillochage – with a subtle allusion to cartography.
Taken from the central and most lustrous part of the oyster shell, the wafer-thin discs of mother-of-pearl used for these dials are rarely guilloché due to their fragility. Two dial styles are available: Misty White and Stormy Grey. Each variant is limited to 50 pieces.
The bezel, integrated lugs and first ‘C’ link of the bracelet are set with diamonds. A reverse-set diamond caps the winding crown. The sophisticated mix of steel and diamonds complements the visual depth and shape-shifting lustre of mother-of-pearl dial.
This timepiece also features the signature sword-shaped hands, while eschewing the date display seen on previous Antarctique S models.
Each Antarctique S Carte des Nuages watch houses Calibre SXH5, the first movement to be entirely conceived and assembled in house by Czapek.
Model: Czapek & Cie Antarctique S La Carte des Nuages
Calibre SXH5: Czapek’s in-house self-winding mechanical movement
Diameter: 30 mm – 13 lines ¼
Height: 4.2 mm
Number of parts: 193
Swiss lever escapement, variable-inertia balance fitted with four gold inertia-blocks
Frequency: 4 Hz – 28,800 VpH
Power winding system: micro rotor with a recycled platinum mass
Power-reserve: 60 hours on a single barrel
Open ratchets, sandblasted black bridges, bevelling, straight-grained sides, six hand-chamfered inward angles
Carte des Nuages “Stormy Grey”: Dial made of white mother-of-pearl with a grey coating on the back, ‘Carte des Nuages’ guilloché gridlines motif
Carte des Nuages “Misty White”: Dial made of white mother-of-pearl with ‘Carte des Nuages’ guilloché gridlines motif
Luminescent, steel ‘Sword’ hands
Exclusive ‘Antarctique cut’ diamonds at 12
Princess cut diamond hour markers (0.65 carat in total)
38.5mm steel case
Height: 10.6 mm
Sapphire crystal glass-box with anti-reflective treatment
Sapphire case back with anti-reflective treatment on the inner side
Water resistance: 50m
Diamonds set on the bezel, integrated lugs and winding crown (0.95 carat in total)
Integrated stainless steel bracelet with Czapek exclusive ‘Easy Release’ system and micro-adjustment device
Diamonds set on the first ‘C’ link
Additional calf leather or rubber strap
Carte des Nuages “Stormy Grey”: Limited to 50 pieces
Carte des Nuages “Misty White”: Limited to 50 pieces