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HRH series

Show price CHF 17’200

The first watch (001) in this series was sold for £23,000 for the benefit of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation in an auction at Hampton Court on November 29, 2018.

100% of the profits from the sale of the four watches will go to the The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation to improve the access, reach and impact of the Award worldwide.

Limited edition of 5 pieces
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Czapek’s Special Editions pay tribute to the origins of the its Founder, Francois Czapek. to his adventures, his journey through time and Countries as well as to important moments of the History. Available only on order in a very limited production, they are collectors’ pieces, remarkable in the excellence of the “métiers d’art” that are used to craft them by hand.

CONCEPT

History is the protagonist of Czapek’s first special editions. The coat of arms of the Czech Republic and of Poland, revisited by the famous French illustrator Jacques Terpant, adorn the dials of the timepieces that pay tribute to the jubilee year of the independence of both Countries, where Franciszek Czapek was born and raised. The dial of the Warszawianka model features the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Poland from the era of the November Uprising, a reference to the heroic military episode in Czapek’s life, who participated in the battle in Warsaw.

MICRO PAINTING

Each of the special edition timepieces is characterized by the use of a ‘Métier d’Art’, the micro-painting, on its dial. Various symbols, coat of arms and emblems chosen for their meaningful history are reproduced by hand using a technique mastered by few craftsmen in the world. The artisans partners of Czapek are based in Le Locle, Switzerland. This micro-painting technique utilizes brushes made of only one hair, to be able to perfectly replicate the finest details on the dial.

MOVEMENT

The SXH1 caliber is a proprietary movement designed by Czapek. It is the first in a family of movements developed specifically for Czapek watches, according to the strictest rules of the watchmaking art. It was conceived in cooperation with Jean-François Mojon, a designer watchmaker who heads the Le Locle based company Chronode.
This haute horlogerie mechanical calibre boasts 31 jewels. It is finely decorated and remains aesthetically and functionally true to the 1850 original. The architecture remains symmetrical, and the sandblasted finish is a modern interpretation of the ‘satiné frost’ technique used in the 19th Century – a process of gold plating using mercury evaporation.
This manually-wound movement has two barrel springs and runs at a rate of 21,600 vibrations per hour, which translates to 3 Hertz. It features a power reserve of seven days. The manual beveling finish and the sandblasted bridges create a beautiful and modern look, inspired from the past. The most striking elements remain the open ratchets, with teeth polished in ‘bevel’ and unique to Czapek SXH1. They become its mechanical signature.

LEATHER BRACELET

Using exceptional leathers, all our straps are handcrafted with peerless dexterity of master leather craftsmen and are the fruit of approximately fifty fundamental, yet intricate steps.
Each strap consists of two parts: the Tip part (the longer part with holes to adjust your strap) & the Element part (the part with the buckle at the end). Czapek offers you 4 options to choose from:
– 105/65mm (Man S)
– 115/75mm (Man M)
– 125/85mm (Man L)
– 130/90mm (Man XL)

Technical Details

100% Swiss made
Functions
  • Hours, Minutes & Seconds
  • Small second at 7h30
  • Power reserve indication with weekdays at 4h30
Movement
  • Calibre SXH1: Haute Horlogerie proprietary mechanical hand-wound movement
  • Power-reserve > 168 hours (7 days) on 2 barrel-springs
  • Frequency: 3 Hz – 21,600 VpH
  • Diameter: 32 mm – 14 lines ¼
  • Height: 4.75 mm
  • Finish: double open ratchets, sandblasted bridges, blue screws, bevelling, final anglage main
Hands
  • “Fleur de lys“ hands in blue gold
Case & Bracelet
  • Exclusive XO stainless steel “Revolution” case
  • Exclusive case concept with the crown-protections integrated into the stretcher
  • 42.5 mm diameter
  • Curved Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on the inside surface
  • Sapphire crystal case back with anti-reflective treatment on the inside surface
  • Water-resistance: 50 meters (5 atm)
  • Alligator strap with XO steel pin buckle
Dial
  • Grand-feu enamel dial with a secret signature “Czapek”
  • The Royal Cypher and the bird of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation logo hand painted with the micropainting technique at 12h
  • Elongated Roman numerals, symbol of the Czapek elegance
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