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 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