Ever since its launch in 2015, Czapek & Cie has relentlessly sought to maintain a delicate balance between high-end mechanics and refined aesthetics. The brand new Antarctique Rattrapante, a split-second mono-pusher chronograph with a unique, dial-side mechanism, embodies these ideals. “The Antarctique line was released in 2020 as the epitome of sporty elegance,” says CEO Xavier de Roquemaurel. “It was calling for a complication that would amaze our aficionados.”
The roots of the project trace back to the founding of the company, Xavier explains. “In 2012, we launched a limited-edition chronograph run on a small series of vintage Valjoux 7733 as part of the re-registration of the name Czapek, and then sold a few pieces to friends as a way to raise funds for the project.” One buyer noted the hypnotic beauty of the cams as they pivoted. This sparked the idea of making a Czapek chronograph with the mechanism exposed on the dial side.
This was 2015, and good concepts often take time to mature. The difficult equation of putting together creativity, R&D, and volume could not be resolved initially, however, over the years, the chronograph idea kept recurring. The eureka moment was a combination of serendipity and stubbornness. At one point the split-second idea emerged, while manufacturing partner, Chronode, was now ready to produce a viable split-second chronograph. “We loved the idea of being able to control time, stop it and then catch up”, says Xavier with a smile. “Plus, we would place this module on the dial side and give the wearer full visual access to the ballet of cams, levers and wheels.”
A glance at the SHX6, Czapek’s proprietary calibre created in collaboration with Chronode, is a work of art from the mechanical and aesthetic standpoint. For one, the number and thickness of the main components had to be reduced to make sure the timepiece would keep its streamlined look and feel and fit well into the 42.5-millimeter case. “As with the classic chronograph, the split-second runs on energy tapped from the second wheel,” explains Xavier. “This time, we favoured a horizontal clutch rather than a vertical one to highlight the aesthetics of the transmission”.
The focus of the movement is the tripod bridge in the centre that holds down a patented satellite minute train and the patent-pending split-second mechanism just below. The two column wheels, one at the top (for the chronograph) and the bottom (for the split-second mechanism) divide the movement into two halves. The minute totaliser at four o’clock and the small seconds at seven o’clock serve as visual anchors to this high-flying, modern and dynamic timepiece, and maintain the link to the company’s spiritus rector, the great nineteenth-century watchmaker, François Czapek, who was using vertical symmetry as an aesthetic guide.
A large choice of straps is now offered to provide a maximum versatility and playful experience. 4 rubber straps whose pattern recalls the "Stairway to Eternity" design on the Passage de Drake dial are available in either black, white, dark blue or dark grey.
Antarctique RattrapanteSilver Grey
- Split-second monopusher chronograph, hours, minutes & seconds
- Chronograph's minutes at 4:30
- Small seconds at 7:30
- Split-second pusher at 10:30
- Calibre SXH6: haute horlogerie automatic power-horse movement with a split-second monopusher chronograph module
- Power reserve: 60 hours
- Frequency: 4 Hz - 28’800 VpH
- Variable inertia balance wheel
- Two column wheels, chronograph horizontal clutch, patent-pending split-second clamp
- 49 jewels, 292 components
- Recycled 5N rose gold rotor with Czapek logo
- Diameter: 34mm
- Finely shotblasted bridges with hand-polished chamfers
- Linear satin-finished chronograph levers with hand-polished chamfers
- Circular satin-finished wheels
- Black-polished screws, studs and column wheels
- Luminescent, steel "Sword" hands
- 42.5mm stainless-steel case
- Height (with glass-box): 15.3mm
- Perceived height (bezel to case-back): 10.5mm
- Sapphire crystal glass-box with anti-reflective treatment
- Sapphire case back with anti-reflective treatment on the inner side
- Water resistance: 120m
- Screwed-down crown
- Integrated stainless steel bracelet with Czapek exclusive "Easy Release" system
- Additional calf leather or rubber strap
- Open-worked split-second chronograph on the dial side (world première)
- Sword hours and minutes hands with SuperLuminova treatment
- Split-second hand with red tip
- Diamond-chamfered rhodium-plated minutes ring and counters
TERMS & CONDITIONS AND PRICES
In this section you will find all the useful information about pre ordering your Antarctique Rattrapante.
Price & Pre-order:
All Antarctique Rattrapante models are priced 46’000.- CHF excluding VAT. It does include international shipment with a secured carrier.
We kindly ask you to proceed to a down payment of 8000.- to confirm your order. You will have then 14 days to eventually decide to cancel your order and get a full refund (excluding banking or transfer fees). If you decide to cancel your order later but before we have started the manufacturing of your timepiece, the deposit paid – less an administrative charge of CHF 500.- and less the eventual personalization costs incurred – will be refunded. To ensure your absolute satisfaction with your Czapek watch, you will be able to modify your order with our concierge before your watch is entirely produced. Three weeks before the delivery of your Antarctique Rattrapante timepiece, we will send you your final invoice and ask you to proceed with the final payment. The deposit will be deducted from this invoice.
If you have questions about our terms and conditions simply click on the dedicated button below or send us directly an email at [email protected].
Straps, Personal engraving & Delivery:
Czapek & Cie offers you to choose your additional strap and a personal engraving (25 characters maximum including spaces) on the back ring of your watch. All watches come with a box where you will find your second strap with its folding buckle, a screwdriver, two extra links to adjust your metal bracelet and the special tool to easily add or remove them.
We expect the very first pieces to be delivered by the end of November 2021. Our production priorities will be planned on a “first come first served” basis. However, if you have a special delivery date demand don’t hesitate to let us know and we will try to adapt our manufacturing schedule to fulfill your request.
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