Place Vendôme

Dark Matter

Show price CHF 93’000
(International price excl. VAT)

Titanium grade 5 case with ADLC coating
Tourbillon & GMT function
Champlevé dial, “Grand feu” Black Enamel ring
Anthracite honeycomb plate and steel bridges treated with PVD coating
Limited edition of 10 pieces


Setting up your watch

Engraving or special demands
18 car. max

Technical Details

100% Swiss made
  • 10 pieces limited edition
  • Movement with off-center tourbillon
  • Hours/minutes located at subdial at 12 o'clock
  • Second time zone, day/night and power reserve indication
  • Hours and minutes on separate dial located at 12 o’clock
  • One-minute tourbillon located at 8 o’clock
  • Second time zone on subdial at 4 o’clock, turns counter-clockwise
  • Disk day/night indicator located at 6, turns counter-clockwise
  • Power reserve: off centre disk, located at 12, turn on 90° on 60h, winding counter clockwise
  • Calibre SXH2: Haute Horlogerie proprietary
  • Mechanical hand-wound movement developed by Chronode and Czapek & Cie
  • Power reserve: 60 hours with one barrel spring
  • Frequency: 3 Hz (21,600 VpH)
  • Diameter: 34.8 mm – 15 ½ lines
  • Height: 9.8 mm
  • Front: anthracite honeycomb plate and steel bridges treated with PVD coating
  • Case back: open ratchet with circular bevelling, bridges treated with PVD coating, final “anglage” main
Case & Bracelet
  • Titanium grade 5 case with ADLC coating
  • 43.5 mm diameter
  • Sandblasted strechers on case flanks
  • Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
  • Sapphire crystal case back with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
  • Water-resistance: 30 meters (3 atm)
  • Alligator strap with Titanium buckle
  • Champlevé dial, “Grand feu” Black Enamel ring
  • Arrow hands in white gold with superluminova
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Place Vendôme

The Place Vendôme is a collection dedicated to exceptional watchmaking projects. From its first models, the “Tourbillon Suspendu Ici et Ailleurs” featuring a tourbillon and a second time zone indication, to the double escapement “Complicité” in collaboration with Bernhard Lederer, this line celebrates the best of fine watchmaking.


The Place Vendôme “Dark Matter” is driven by the proprietary, manually wound SXH2 movement beating at 21,600 vph (3 Hz). The single barrel spring delivers a solid 60 hours of power. The 34.8-millimeter diameter is relatively large, but the height of 9.8 millimeters allows the watch to be discreet and elegant in spite of the many functions. The traditional satin-brushed bridges and openworked ratchet are back again. In the back of the watch is an inscription: Tourbillon suspendu – Ici et Ailleurs, a reference to the second time zone, a gift to global travelers that Czapek himself never knew.


From a technical standpoint, the watch represents an evolution from the more staid, romantic Quai des Bergues. A day-night disc turning counterclockwise has inserted itself between the two subdials, which now carry the tourbillon on the left and the second time zone on the right. The power reserve indicator migrated and now peers out of the clock face at 12 o’clock. “François Czapek was a modern thinker with a deep sense of traditional watchmaking” says de Roquemaurel. “This watch is no doubt he would have dreamt of, and it connects his thoughts about watchmaking esthetics and techniques to the future.”


The Place Vendôme series, named “Lumières”, is a limited edition which comes in fifteen pieces in Platinum and ten pieces in Rose Gold. It refers to both the reflections flashing off the beveled edges of the bridges visible on dial side as well as to the Age of Enlightenment, which ultimately produced the tourbillon, the ultimate balance between science and mechanical poetry. Since 2018 a new series of 25 pieces as been released featuring the contemporary “Revolution” case in titanium. In 2020 it has been associated with ADLC coating for the new model “Dark Matter” .