Faubourg de Cracovie
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Blue Californian style dial with "grené" finish
Arrow hands with SuperLuminova® coating
Hour markers in SuperLuminova®
Certified Chronometer (COSC)
Limited edition of 18 pieces engraved:
"1 out of 18"
- Chronograph, Hours, Minutes & Seconds
- Chronograph's Minutes at 3 o'clock
- Chronograph's Hours at 9 o'clock
- Small seconds at 6 o'clock
- Date at 6 o'clock
- Caliber SXH3: Haute Horlogerie integrated automatic Chronograph movement with a bespoke execution
- Power reserve: 65 hours
- Frequency: 5 Hz - 36'000 VpH
- Column Wheel, Vertical Clutch and Linear Hammer
- Golden Rotor with Czapek logo
- Diameter: 30mm - 13 lines 1/4
- Height: 6.95mm
- Finish: finely sandblasted and diamond polished anthracite bridges, snailed trottoirs
- Certified Chronometer (COSC)
- 41.5mm Stainless Steel Case
- Sapphire crystal Glass-Box with anti-reflective treatment
- Sapphire case back with Anti-reflective treatment on the inner side.
- Water Resistance: 50m
- Alligator Strap with a steel deploying buckle
- Blue electroplated brass dial with grené finish
- Californian style: Roman numerals from X to II and Arabic from 4 to 8 applied indexes with Super Luminova treatment
- Tachymeter scale
- Hour markers in SuperLuminova®
- Red chrono second hand
- Arrow hours and minutes hands with SuperLuminova®
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Faubourg de Cracovie
The Faubourg de Cracovie chronograph is the company’s third collection and was named after the location of Czapek’s third boutique, which he opened in 1850 in Warsaw, Poland. The calibre inside is also Czapek’s third, following the seven-day manually-wound movement found in the Quai des Bergues and the suspended tourbillon with GMT in the Place Vendôme, both famous locations of the late François Czapek. The Faubourg de Cracovie represents another major milestone in the company’s modern history… for the pleasure of watch lovers and collectors world-wide.
The Blue California chronograph is driven by a bespoke automatic movement, the SXH3. It delivers 65h power reserve from a single barrel that drives the balance wheel at 36,000 vph and is COSC certified. The movement makes use of some of the most advanced and effective mechanical elements, like the linear hammer, which reduces wear and tear on parts and resets all the associated dials in one easy movement. A modern solution, the vertical clutch, ensures a perfect start for the chronograph hand. Finally, the diamond-blasted anthracite bridges give the final aesthetic twist to the movement visible through the transparent case back.
The Faubourg de Cracovie comes in a slightly modified 41.5-millimeter Quai des Bergues Revolution case in sober steel. The famous crown protectors are still in place and now serve, ingeniously, as pushers. “Take the romantic nobility of our first watches and add a chronograph to give it some athletic pizzazz,” says Czapek & Cie CEO Xavier de Roquemaurel. “That’s our latest model, and it’s unmistakably Czapek, traditional but with a modern flair.”
The Czapek Design Study Chronograph served as an inspiration for the Faubourg de Cracovie California Dreamin’ with its anthracite electroplated brass California dial: 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 these types of dial are named after the West Coast state. Some theories suggest 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 made some popular dials with the design in the 1970s.