Antarctique

Passage de Drake S

Show price CHF 19’500
(International price excl. VAT)

Exclusive "Stairway to Eternity" dial
60H power reserve, self-winding Haute Horlogerie calibre SXH5
38.5 mm. stainless steel case, water resistant at up 120 meters (12 ATM)
Integrated metal bracelet

To place an order please visit https://czapek.com/passage_de_drake_s/

Setting up your watch

Engraving or special demands
18 car. max

Technical Details

Swiss made
Functions
  • Hours, Minutes & Seconds
  • Date at 6 o'clock
Movement
  • Calibre SXH5: Czapek's in house self-winding mechanical movement
  • Diameter: 30 mm – 13 lines ¼
  • Height: 4.2 mm
  • Number of parts: 193
  • Jewels: 28
  • Swiss lever escapement, variable-inertia balance fitted with four gold inertia-blocks
  • Frequency: 4 Hz – 28800 VpH
  • Power winding system: Micro rotor with a 100% recycled platinum 950 mass
  • Power-reserve > 60 hours on one single barrel
  • Barrel torque: 8.8 Nmm
  • Finish: Open ratchets, sandblasted black bridges, bevelling, straight-grained sides, six hand-chamfered inward angles
Hands
  • Luminescent, steel "Sword" hands
Case
  • Stainless steel case
  • 38.5 mm diameter
  • Height: 10.6 mm
  • Sapphire crystal glass-box with anti-reflective treatment ARDur©
  • Sapphire crystal case-back with anti-reflective treatment
  • Water-resistance: 120 meters (12 atm)
  • Screwed-down crown
Bracelet
  • Integrated stainless steel bracelet with Czapek exclusive "Easy Release" system and micro-adjustment device
  • Additional calf leather or rubber strap
Dial
  • Stamped “flinqué” dial with the exclusive, officially registered “Stairway to Eternity” pattern
  • Luminescent, rhodium plated steel hour makers
Our Partners
  • Conception: Daniel Martinez, Adrian Buchmann, Emmanuel Bouchet, Patrick Rossi & Xavier de Roquemaurel
  • Components and movement manufacturing: AB Product, Arcofil, Atokalpa, Ceramaret, Chronode, CMT-Rickenbach, Comblemine, Crelier, Generale Ressort, Inca, Inodeco, Inhotec, MLV, MPS, Novasort, Precipro, Risa, Stocco and as well a few standard components.
  • Habillage: AB Product, Capsa, Econorm, Gravages, HMS Waeber, Jean Rousseau, Metalem
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Collection

Antarctique

The Antarctique combines sophisticated style and look with a genuine in-house power movement bound to stake a major claim in the popular sport-chic segment.

The Antarctique is a 40.5 millimeters or 38.5 millimeters three-hander, thin enough to slip comfortably under a cuff, and with a carefully-honed, edgy look . The transparent case back reveals the model’s beating heart, the vigorous, 30-millimeter SXH5.01 automatic calibre, conceived internally by a multifaceted team. Special attention was given to both performance and appearance, so the movement’s parts are arranged for visual harmony and transparency.

“This watch, whatever the colour, is a thrill for both the newcomer and the horological expert,” says Czapek’s CEO Xavier de Roquemaurel. “The neophyte will instinctively fall in love with the dial and the remarkable movement inside, while the expert can use the watch almost as an exhibition piece to explain how a movement works and what makes haute horologerie so unique.”

MOVEMENT

The 30mm. SXH5.01 automatic calibre powering the Antartique Collection has been conceived internally by a multifaceted team. Special attention was given to both performance and appearance, so the movement’s parts are arranged for visual harmony and transparency. At the root is a free-sprung balance wheel with variable inertia provided by four gold masselotte weights, which enables the highest level of precision tuning for a mechanical watch. The powerful microrotor is made of fully recycled Platinum 950. It was placed off-centre to allow a plunging view into the mechanism. The SXH5.01 runs at a fast 28,800 vph. The single barrel harbours a flat spring wound via the traditional Czapek ratchet wheel with five arms. The timepiece has a power reserve of over 60 hours, a truly remarkable feat for a microrotor.

DIAL

The Antarctique Passage de Drake collection takes the sport-chic case design of the Antarctique Terre Adélie line and pairs it with an atypical trapezoid dial motif whose three-dimensional stamped surface creates a play of shadows across the dial. “This unique dial design is called the ‘Stairway to Eternity’ and was actually our initial concept dial for the Antarctique, as we were looking for a signature dial design that would be very different from anything else, but it was such a lengthy process to perfect that we launched with another dial, based on a forgotten workmanship technique, the combed ‘lamé’ dials,” shares Czapek & Cie. CEO Xavier de Roquemaurel. “We finally discovered the perfect motif when our designer accidentally enlarged the trapezoids by 50% without realizing it, and it looked amazing. That’s the beauty of mistakes!” All Czapek designs are officially registered, demonstrating the company’s directional approach.

CASE

To create a case 3mm smaller than the original design was not just a simple matter of shrinking; starting from scratch, the case had to be totally re-engineered and the codes rewritten to ensure that all of the proportions work perfectly – not least the ratio of overall thickness to the new diameter. The 38.5mm case is defined by the same taut lines that characterise the original Antarctique but now the sides are flat, rather than cut away, and the shoulders protecting the crown have been subtly pared back – simplifications that achieve better visual balance in the smaller dimensions. And Czapek’s attention to detail went beyond just the visual: the weight of the watch on the wrist had to feel appropriate to its reduced size.