The Czapek Antarctique sees the recently revived brand of Czapek & Cie venture into the lucrative luxury sports watch segment by now offering a timepiece that looks precious — but is ready for everyday wear. Named after the trip to Antarctica of one of the company’s historical shareholders, the Sixth Continent works as a symbol of our duty to preserve the planet, and represents Czapek’s commitment to doing its part by using recycled gold and safeguarding many Swiss watchmaking artisans.
The Czapek Antarctique Terre Adélie is a tribute to the French explorer Jules Dumont d’Urville who named a slice of Antarctica after his wife, Adèle, during his daring expedition to the continent in 1840. A lot of fancy naming is going on, plenty for the actual watch to live up to. Housed by a compact 40.5mm wide case, rounded shapes are met by sheer angularity, as though a modernized, more rugged style encapsulated classical watchmaking. Turn the watch around and this sentiment becomes yet stronger: the SXH5 in-house caliber looks the part with its skeletonized bridges and finger bridges, while its dark grey finish and purple jewels add a borderline futuristic touch.
Available in four different color variations, the Czapek Antarctique Terre Adélie Secret Alloy is priced at approx. €16,840.
Words: David B.
Photos: Czapek & Cie