The high art of skeletonisation allows connoisseur and neophyte alike to discover and delight in the inner workings of a watch, the interplay of the hollowed-out bridges, wheels, and hands around a filigree mainplate.
Czapek & Cie’s Antarctique Révélation takes this idea even further. The movement itself is placed on the dial side, where it acts as a fascinating animation to thrill the wearer. It recalls the Antarctique Rattrapante launched in 2021, which featured the first split-seconds chronograph to appear on the dial. Inspiration came once more from the fans of the brand, says CEO Xavier de Roquemaurel: “People were in love with the remarkable design of our SXH5 movement, and we therefore asked ourselves how we could somehow make it visible on the dial.” What sounded simple at first became a three-year saga of deep exploration into aesthetics and engineering.
The powerful SXH5 was an outstanding caliber on its own merit and with an exceptionally stark design, in particular the fine bridges angling over to grip the gearwheels, a hint of the nineteenth-century Czapek pocket watch movements.
The decision raised a number of significant challenges, the first one being to completely reverse the escapement. Then the oscillating mass had to be engraved on both sides, for example, and the crown mechanism, now visible to the naked eye, had to be reworked entirely. On a more technical note, the seconds hand could no longer be connected by a bridge to the center, so space was made at 4:30 for a small seconds dial. The solution was to use sapphire crystal ring for the seconds. It is discreetly attached to the larger sapphire ring carrying the hours and minutes and ensuring as much transparency as possible, so the wearer can take a deep dive into the mechanism.
Gradually, what emerged was a new movement, the SXH7. As it evolved, elements from other Czapek models found their place, like the central tripod from the Antarctique Rattrapante holding together the finely cut out bridges. The position of the small seconds, too, is reminiscent of the famous day-date subdial of the Quai des Bergues.
But there’s more. An additional strap is provided, as Czapek has developed an exclusive quick-change system allowing the wearer to switch from one strap to another in a minute. A large choice of straps is now offered to provide a maximum versatility and playful experience. 7 rubber straps are available in either black, white, dark blue, light blue, dark grey, sporty red or orange. On top of that, a selection of soft calf straps with contrasting topstitches can be chosen.
- Hours, Minutes & Seconds
- Calibre SXH7: Czapek's in house self-winding mechanical skeletonized movement
- Diameter: 30 mm – 13 lines ¼
- Height: 4.2 mm
- Number of parts: 152
- Jewels: 25
- Swiss lever escapement, variable-inertia balance fitted with four gold inertia-blocks
- Frequency: 4 Hz – 28800 VpH
- Power winding system: Micro rotor with an 100% recycled platinum 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
- Luminescent, steel “Sword” hands
- Stainless steel case
- 40.5 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
- Integrated stainless steel bracelet with Czapek exclusive "Easy Release" system and micro-adjustment device
- Additional calf leather or rubber strap
- Minutes track and small second subdial in grey smoked sapphire crystal
- Luminescent, rhodium plated steel hour markers
- 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
TERMS & CONDITIONS AND PRICES
PRICE OF THE ANTARCTIQUE REVELATION IS 38’000.- CHF EXCL. TAXES
TO CONFIRM YOUR ORDER A 13’000.- CHF DEPOSIT IS KINDLY REQUESTED.
THE ANTARCTIQUE REVELATION IS A LIMITED PRODUCTION OF 100 PIECES PER YEAR.
ONLY 21 PIECES WILL BE PROPOSED ONLINE.
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DEPOSIT AND ORDER CONFIRMATION
To order your watch, a deposit representing approximately 30% of the final price is required to confirm your interest. As soon as your deposit is executed, we will send you an advance payment receipt and an order confirmation. It is your responsibility to review the order confirmation. If you have any questions or concerns or if an order confirmation does not reflect your intentions, you should contact us at [email protected] without delay.
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In case your purchase is delivered in another country than Switzerland, you might be requested by your country’s customs authorities to pay local VAT or/and other taxes before delivery can occur. This is usually collected by our carrier during the importation process but also by your country authorities.
For US customers, an additional 3% is added to the total amount to cover the cost for US importation duties, directly paid by Czapek.
Shipping and insurance are included in the price.
If the model is sold out, you can send us an email to [email protected] to be placed on a cancellation list. In case of cancellation, we will contact customers on a FIFO basis.
First deliveries will start in 2025. Within 7 months of the Order Confirmation Date and at least 6 months before your manufacturing date we will inform you about the tentative manufacturing date that we have allocated to your order.
Your manufacturing date is the date we proceed to the final encasing of your watch. It will be stated in your timepiece passport (the ID card for a watch, to prove its authenticity, record services and repairs but serves also as a warranty card). Once this operation is completed, your watch will be tested for a couple of weeks. Therefore, you can expect a delivery 3 to 4 weeks after your manufacturing date.
Should you change your mind and cancel your order within 14 days, we will refund the full amount.
If you decide to cancel your order later, part of your deposit will no longer be refundable according to the following scale:
After 14 days, your deposit minus 10% and inherent banking fees is refunded.
6 months before your manufacturing date: 50% of your deposit minus inherent banking fees is refunded.
3 months before your manufacturing date: your deposit is forfeited.
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