Since the reintroduction in 2015 of the name Czapek , Antoine Norbert de Patek’s ex-accomplice before he founded Patek Philippe, the newly reproduced brand has zeroed in on very good quality watchmaking, obviously, yet in addition shows a strong hunger for hand-created dials, regardless of whether they are made in polish or guilloché. Utilizing its most recent watch as a base, the Chronograph Czapek Faubourg de Cracovie, the brand uncovers a shiny new dial in an unconventional crude material: “Secret Alloy”.
The Czapek Faubourg de Cracovie follows two different watches in the collection. First was the work of art and now signature model, the Quai des Bergues – a watch with power hold and little seconds, executed in different versions . At that point came the brand’s lead watch, the Place Vendome Tourbillon , a more modern, more specialized interpretation of Czapek design’s codes. In 2018, the brand revealed another watch, a chronograph outfitted with a noteworthy incorporated and hello there beat development, produced by Vaucher, the Faubourg de Cracovie Chronograph.
For its most recent version, the Czapek Faubourg de Cracovie gets another name: Secret Alloy. This is clarified by the dial found on this watch. While the guilloché (motor turned) dial adheres to the standard “Resonance” design – found in different editions and in a few tones, and an identical format – the primary oddity is about material.
While the motor turning measure – named guilloché in French – is tied in with making designs by etching the material, Czapek figured it would intriguing to leave the material “raw”, untreated, without covering or polish. The “secret alloy” utilized here on this Czapek Faubourg de Cracovie is the aftereffect of a collaboration with Metalem, in Le Locle, one of the top Swiss watch dial manufacturing plants set up in the Jura region since 1928. This material is the alloy 401, a unique alloy developed for Czapek and made of gold (55%), platinum, palladium and silver. On account of its composition, including palladium and platinum, it is stronger than 18k gold. Being untreated, it additionally delivers incredible metallic reflections.
The rest of the watch is identical to different editions of the Czapek Faubourg de Cracovie, with a 41.5mm treated steel case and pleasantly coordinated chronograph pushers. The dial is complemented by applied indexes and blued steel hands, coordinating the crocodile lash. As standard, this edition is a no-date watch – which is a pleasant decision – despite the fact that a date complication can be mentioned. Driving this watch is the type SXH3, a top of the line incorporated programmed chronograph development, with section wheel, vertical grasp and direct sledge. This hello beat development (5HZ recurrence) brags 65 hours power hold and is decorated with sandblasted spans, cleaned slants and anthracite-covered parts. This development is made by Vaucher .
The Czapek Faubourg de Cracovie Secret Alloy may be accessible (until Baselworld 2020) at the brand’s US retailers. It is restricted to 18 pieces and valued at CHF 24,000 (charges incl.). More details at czapek.com .