MOVEMENT

SXH1 CALIBRE

The SXH1 is an haute horlogerie mechanical calibre with 31 jewels. It is finely decorated and remains aesthetically and functionally true to the 1850 original.

This manually-wound movement has two barrel springs and runs at a rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour, which translates as 3 Hertz. It boasts a power reserve of seven days. The anglage finish and the sandblasted bridges conferes a beautiful and modern look totally drawn from the past…

It was developed by Czapek with Chronode, the Le Locle-based company of Jean-François Mojon.

Original Caliber from 1850
Caliber SXH1, Czapek proprietary movement 2016

INSPIRATION

« le beau est toujours bizarre »

C. Baudelaire, exposition universelle de 1855

Beauty needs some sort of disruption... When an apparently innocent or disturbing detail suddenly makes the whole become beautiful.

A rich legacy ought to be considered with a certain sense of duty, passion and flair. The revival of Czapek first started by exploring the watches portfolio of the former collection until one timepiece emerged. The simple yet fascinating 1850’s pocket watch N°3430 became the centre of attention. Yet plain replication of the original would have been insufficient. Revival requires a lot more than this: all the original codes that made a watch unique in its time must be considered through the looking-glass of 150 year of evolution in technologies and taste. While at first sight classical, François Czapek’s work remains stunningly modern: all the elements are unexpected, almost choking when taken separately, but so harmonious when all set together. The Purity of this large white enamel dial is underlined by the extended numerals. The surprising combination of Fleurs de Lys (Hours) with Trident (Minutes) exceptional forged hands creates a beautiful chaos. The two decentred sub dials, one at 4.30 o’clock the other at 7.30 o’clock create an assymetry on one side and symetry on the other. A typical Czapek style element that we can also find in the movement architecture. Finally the remarkable double hand power reserve indication with weekdays highlights the authenticity of his design approach. The red-line behind these personality traits embodies what makes Czapek unique: The quest for Beauty through the Poetry of Time. It defines our duty: to magnify his style into a modern version.

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DETAILS AND INNOVATIONS

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Guilloché

The Czapek exclusive “Ricochet” Guilloché pattern takes the inspiration from an ancient design created by Francois Czapek in the 1850s. Its main characteristic and unique feature is the presence of a double focal point, unlike traditional Guilloché patterns with only one focal point at the centre of the dial. The two focal points, corresponding to the two iconic Czapek subdials – indicating small seconds and power reserve – create a fascinating “wave interferences” in the dial, hence the name: Guilloché “Ricochet”.

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‘HORIZONTAL MANUFACTURE’

TEAM

FOUNDERS

Sébastien Follonier

Watchmaker

Xavier de Roquemaurel

CEO

Harry Guhl

Chairman