The 19th Century master watchmaker Czapek & Cie is back in the Polish market after more than 100 years of absence. On this occasion company prepared in cooperation with Wealth Solutions a special edition of timepieces honoring the Polish founder and the history of his homeland. The premiere of this exquisite timepiece was held on 31 May 2017 in Warsaw.
Czapek & Cie makes a new start in the Polish market and unveils a limited edition of watches named “Warszawianka”, an homage to the company’s founder and to the history of his homeland.
The “Warszawianka” watch was created in cooperation between Czapek & Cie and the Polish company of Wealth Solutions – experts in building collections of rare drinks, works of art, watches and originators of the idea to offer the exquisite Warszawianka collection.
“Although Franciszek Czapek created his greatest masterpieces abroad, he often included patriotic references in many of his timepieces”, explains Xavier de Roquemaurel, CEO of Czapek & Cie. “The Warszawianka model pays tribute to these long lasting traditions”.
The dial of the watch features, at 12 o’clock, the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Poland from the era of the November Uprising. This is a clear reference to the heroic, military episode in the story of Czapek’s life, who served in the National Guard and took part of the battle in Warsaw. The “6” number, unlike the other numerals on the dial, is red, to underline the hour at which the November Uprising started.
The “Żyj swobodo, Polsko żyj” (Live in freedom, live in Poland) inscription on the dial is a fragment of the lyrics of Warszawianka – a patriotic song the entire project has been named after. Furthermore, the cabochon features a piece of amber – one of the world-famous symbols of Poland. All these unique features are combined together creating a truly exquisite watch that merges Swiss precision with the Polish soul.
Warszawianka of 1831 (originally La Varsovienne) is a song by the French poet Casimir François Delavigne. He wrote it after being impressed by the news about the heroic Polish uprising, in order to incite Poles to continue their struggle. The song quickly became popular in the Kingdom of Poland, and was performed publicly for the first time at the National Theater in Warsaw, after the city had been freed from Russia. Its original version was written in French, but the song has earned its true popularity thanks to the numerous Polish translations.
The most famous was written by Karol Sienkiewicz, brother of Henryk Sienkiewicz’s grandfather. During the era of the partitions, it was one of the most important patriotic songs. Once independence was finally regained, Warszawianka was one of the candidates to become the national anthem of Poland.