La Carte des Nuages
In keeping with the Czapek ethos, these new dials introduce atypical colours, intriguing textures and fascinating details. With a contemporary twist on traditional crafts and materials, and a new approach to texture, each dial has been designed to capture the light in a particular way, creating a sense of movement and vitality through a play of constantly changing colours.
La ‘Carte des Nuages’ (literally, 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. This ‘Antarctique cut’ of the elongated index markers is an entirely new diamond cut, designed for Czapek by Adrian Buchmann of London-based studio Fuzion Ltd, and registered as a proprietary Czapek cut. 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; to do so requires a highly specialised skill that only a few Maisons are able to source.
As is the norm at Czapek, the new dials are the creation of the company’s unique community of ‘rare people’ – designers, craftsmen and production partners of rare skill – as well as the friends, family and collectors whose tastes and desires are absorbed into the spirit of the brand as if by osmosis. By working in the établissage tradition, which governed all Swiss watchmaking before the modern era of vertical production, Czapek draws on the skills of very small-scale, specialised producers to bring such rare dials to life.
“Working this way enables us to iterate and refine until we are completely happy,” explains Xavier de Roquemarel, Czapek CEO . “More than just suppliers, our partners often contribute to the creative process and new ideas will come up in the middle of a conversation – as in the case of the new diamond cut.”
Since the unveiling of its base movement in May 2020, Czapek & Cie has been continually making improvements to its automatic caliber SXH5 to enhance its precision, performance, and aesthetic. The most recent upgrades raised the train efficiency to 90% to fully wind the single barrel and deliver the impressive 60 hours of power reserve. This is a significantly longer autonomy than the average of high-end sports watches.
But there’s more. An additional strap is provided, as Czapek has developed an exclusive quick-change system allowing the wearer to switch from one strap to another in a minute. A large choice of straps is now offered to provide a maximum versatility and playful experience. rubber straps whose pattern recalls the "Stairway to Eternity" design on the Passage de Drake dial are available as much as a selection of calf straps.
La Carte des Nuages
- Hours, Minutes & Seconds
- Calibre SXH5: Czapek's in house self-winding mechanical movement
- Diameter: 30 mm – 13 lines ¼
- Height: 4.2 mm
- Number of parts: 193
- Jewels: 28
- Swiss lever escapement, variable-inertia balance fitted with four gold inertia-blocks
- Frequency: 4 Hz – 28800 VpH
- Power winding system: Micro rotor with an 100% recycled platinum mass
- Power-reserve > 60 hours on one single barrel
- Barrel torque: 8.8 Nmm
- Finish: Open ratchets, sandblasted black bridges, bevelling, straight-grained sides, six hand-chamfered inward angles
- Dial made of white mother-of-pearl with a grey coating on the back
- ‘Carte des Nuages’ guilloché gridlines motif
- Exclusive ‘Antarctique cut’ diamonds at 12
- Princess cut diamond hour markers
- Skeletonized rhodium plated hands
- Stainless steel case
- 38.5 mm diameter
- Height: 10.6 mm
- Sapphire crystal glass-box with anti-reflective treatment ARDur©
- Sapphire crystal case-back with anti-reflective treatment
- Water-resistance: 120 meters (12 atm)
- Screwed-down crown
- 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
- Additional rubber or leather strap
- Conception: Daniel Martinez, Adrian Buchmann, Emmanuel Bouchet, Patrick Rossi & Xavier de Roquemaurel
- Components and movement manufacturing: AB Product, Arcofil, Atokalpa, Ceramaret, Chronode, CMT-Rickenbach, Comblemine, Crelier, Generale Ressort, Inca, Inodeco, Inhotec, MLV, MPS, Novasort, Precipro, Risa, Stocco and as well a few standard components.
- Habillage: AB Product, Capsa, Econorm, Gravages, HMS Waeber, Jean Rousseau, Metalem
TERMS & CONDITIONS AND PRICES
PRICE OF THE ANTARCTIQUE CARTE DES NUAGE MODELS IS 26’000.- CHF EXCL. TAX WITH STEEL WATCH CASE AND 36’000.- CHF EXCL. TAX WITH STEEL & DIAMONDS WATCH CASE .
TO CONFIRM YOUR ORDER A 12’000.- CHF DEPOSIT IS KINDLY REQUESTED.
THE ANTARCTIQUE CARTE DES NUAGES IS A LIMITED EDITION OF 100 PIECES, 50 PIECES PER DIAL COLOR.
ONLY 15 STORMY GREY AND 15 MISTY WHITE WILL BE PROPOSED ONLINE.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PLACING AN ORDER ONLINE, PLEASE CHECK BELOW, VISIT OUR FAQ PAGE AND READ CAREFULLY OUR TERMS & CONDITIONS
DEPOSIT AND ORDER CONFIRMATION
To order your watch, a deposit representing approximately 30% of the final price is required to confirm your interest. As soon as your deposit is executed, we will send you an advance payment receipt and an order confirmation. It is your responsibility to review the order confirmation. If you have any questions or concerns or if an order confirmation does not reflect your intentions, you should contact us at [email protected] without delay.
It can take up to 72 hours (3 days) to process an order and for the customer to receive its order confirmation. However, you will receive a Stripe payment confirmation within 24 hours.
If you have questions regarding orders please contact us by email only at [email protected]. It might take up to 72 hours to get an answer. We will answer questions based on the request urgency level.
The relevant prices are our international prices in CHF and do not include any taxes.
In case your purchase is delivered in another country than Switzerland, you might be requested by your country’s customs authorities to pay local VAT or/and other taxes before delivery can occur. This is usually collected by our carrier during the importation process but also by your country authorities.
For US customers, an additional 3% is added to the total amount to cover the cost for US importation duties, directly paid by Czapek.
Shipping and insurance are included in the price.
If the model is sold out, you can send us an email to [email protected] to be placed on a cancellation list. In case of cancellation, we will contact customers on a FIFO basis.
First deliveries will start in 2025. Within 7 months of the Order Confirmation Date and at least 6 months before your manufacturing date we will inform you about the tentative manufacturing date that we have allocated to your order.
Your manufacturing date is the date we proceed to the final encasing of your watch. It will be stated in your timepiece passport (the ID card for a watch, to prove its authenticity, record services and repairs but serves also as a warranty card). Once this operation is completed, your watch will be tested for a couple of weeks. Therefore, you can expect a delivery 3 to 4 weeks after your manufacturing date.
Should you change your mind and cancel your order within 14 days, we will refund the full amount.
If you decide to cancel your order later, part of your deposit will no longer be refundable according to the following scale:
After 14 days, your deposit minus 10% and inherent banking fees is refunded.
6 months before your manufacturing date: 50% of your deposit minus inherent banking fees is refunded.
3 months before your manufacturing date: your deposit is forfeited.
To cancel your order, you must contact us at [email protected].
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