FAUBOURG DE CRACOVIE
The three co-founders of the modern Czapek & Cie who re-established the Company on 12 December 2012 first created the Czapek Design Study Chronograph, a manual wind chronograph powered by a historic caliber from the seventies and with a California dial. The initial purpose was to secure the legal re-establishment of the brand, yet this watch rapidly became a test of the market and a source of early stage funding before the crowdfunding equity financing took place. This watch was in fact sold to a small circle of friends, allowing them to finance further research into design and development of a proprietary caliber of high quality, the SHX1, that powers the Quai des Bergues - the official launch collection unveiled in 2015.
the SuperLuminova® coated hour markers are in Roman numerals from X to II and Arabic from 4 to 8.
The California dial is an unusual choice for a modern timepiece, whose origins are part of the ‘mysteries’ of watchmaking: nobody really knows why this type of dials are named after the West Coast state. Some theories state that it is so-called called this way because that particular design was exceedingly popular in the state of California in the ’30s and ’40s, others speculate that it’s because of a famous Los Angeles-based dial finisher, Kirk Rich, who did made some popular dials with the design in the 1970s; however, nothing is definitive.