Czapek’s best quality Place Vendôme model, including a tourbillon and GMT work, was delivered in two new forms during Baselworld 2019. Ombres and Etincelles, or shadows and sparks. During the reasonable, we had the option to investigate the Ombres model and are glad to share our findings.

A more intensive glance at the Czapek & Cie Place Vendôme Tourbillon GMT Ombres

The new Czapek Place Vendome Tourbillon Ombres

Some history

Franciszek Czapek was a Bohemian-realm brought into the world young fellow who emigrated with his family to Poland in the mid 1800s. From Poland, on account of the breakdown of the Polish uprising, he escaped to Switzerland and became as Francois Czapek a successful watchmaker. Francois began working with neighborhood accomplices in Geneva, as Moreau and later Antoine Norbert de Patek. With the last mentioned, who was a Polish worker too, in 1839 he established the Patek, Czapek & Cie company.

During this organization, which endured six years, they made a few excellent watches. In 1845 nonetheless, both men of their word chose to separate once more, both proceeding to produce watches however. We presumably all realize what happened to Antoine Norbert de Patek, yet Francois Czapek didn’t do severely as well. He became purveyor to the Imperial Court, Watchmaker of His Imperial Highness, Prince Napoleon. Furthermore, had shops in Geneva, Warsaw, and Paris at Place Vendôme. Further, he composed a book on watchmaking, one of the first of its sort at any point written in Polish.

Strangely, and in opposition to for example Patek who in the interim worked with Adrien Phillipe, Francois Czapek in 1869 bafflingly vanished from the scene. It wasn’t until 2012 that the Czapek company name was restored, while on November 10, 2015, the company was relaunched openly. In 2016 Czapek’s first model, the Quai des Bergues wins the Public Prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève. In the two years to follow Czapek dispatched another model with another type each year. The Place Vendôme tourbillon in 2017 and the Faubourg de Cracovie chronograph in 2018.

Present day

2019 didn’t see another Czapek model nor type. Be that as it may, the brand opened its first boutique, situated in lament de la Corraterie 18, Geneva. To commend this achievement a unique restricted version of 18 bits of the Quai des Bergues was introduced. Made in a tempered steel alleged Revolution case with a dim blue Aventurine dial, and Fleurs de Lys white gold hands.

Czapek Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu

And subsequently also, to be divulged at Baselworld 2109, Czapek presented two new releases of its Place Vendôme model, as said the Ombres and the Etincelles. The Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu assortment is obviously named after the Parisian square where François Czapek had a shop during the nineteenth century. The Place Vendôme highlights a one-minute suspended tourbillon, along with a second-time-region, a day/night plate, and a force save indicator.

The Ombres model, as I would see it, is the one which varies most from the ones presented in 2017. Not exclusively is it delivered in titanium, which wasn’t accessible in the Place Vendôme models as of recently, yet it likewise sports various hands and numerals. No more Fleur de Lys hands, and not any more Roman numerals. To be complete, the Etincelles adaptation is made in platinum, actually sports the Fleur de Lys hands and Roman numerals, however now sports 72 roll cut precious stones (and has a cost of CHF 215,000.=).

The physically wound SXH2 movement

Czapek’s own physically twisted SXH2 type controls all Place Vendôme models. It’s beating at 21,600/h (3 Hz), and the single barrel spring conveys 60 hours of force save. The width of the SXH2 type is 34.8 mm, with a stature of 9.8 millimeters. Albeit somewhat enormous in width, the tallness permits the development to be utilized in tactful and exquisite watches. Extensions are glossy silk brushed while ratchets are Czapek-customarily open-worked. In the rear of the development the engraving Tourbillon Suspendu – Ici et Ailleurs is engraved, which is a reference to the second time zone.

The physically twisted SXH2 caliber

A more specialized character

While the new platinum Etincelles rendition comes in a restricted version of just 10 pieces, from the, in this article shown Ombres 25 pieces will be created. From prior renditions, just 10 came in rose gold, while another 15 in platinum. So far I need to say the titanium Ombres is my top choice of all, which Czapek reflects by the biggest number of watches which will be created in this arrangement also. I love the more energetic hands and similarly the Arab numerals and record markers. They totally fit its to some degree more specialized character, as demonstrated by titanium as a decision for the case material as well.

More data and pricing

For more Fratello-data on Czapek if it’s not too much trouble, view our different surveys, connected below:

  • Czapek Faubourg de Cracovie chronograph
  • Czapek Quai des Bergues

Czapeks own site can be found through Specifications and evaluating on the watch in this survey are recorded in the structure here beneath the gallery.

The new Czapek Place Vendome Tourbillon Ombres The physically twisted SHX2 type