An sudden success for the younger impartial watchmaker (possibly a bit an excessive amount of of successful…), the Antarctique is a really interesting imaginative and prescient of a luxurious sports activities watch with an built-in bracelet, mixed with high-end watchmaking credentials. Following a number of stainless-steel editions, comparable to the Passage de Drake or the latest 38.5mm version (and naturally, our personal Montre de Souscription), Czapek now introduces a brand new iteration of the Antarctique in titanium. For the event, the model’s sporty-chic watch opts for a monochromatic gray look and for a brand new dial design. Meet the Czapek Antarctique Titanium Darkish Sector.
The Antarctique Titanium mannequin makes use of many of the design cues we liked within the metal fashions, however provides a up to date contact with a brand new dial design and a full gray apparel. The grade 5 titanium case retains the very same dimensions at 40.5mm x 10.6mm. Its design relies on a barrel-shaped flat floor framing a spherical, sloped polished bezel and a box-shaped sapphire crystal barely protruding from the case. The brushed end radiating from the watch centre provides a refined contact. Using titanium provides energy, consolation, and lightness (the watch weighs simply 96 grams) in addition to the signature gray color. The crown screws down and the water resistance is rated at 120m.
The smooth anthracite dial enhances the case superbly. It incorporates a conventional minute observe that surrounds two rows of arched parallel segments, that are interrupted for every hour. These are paired with sword-shaped luminescent arms. The one touches of color are introduced by the crimson tip of the sweep second hand and the crimson dot at 12 o’clock. Up till now (and apart from a few unique editions), the Czapek Antarctique had been launched with two sorts of textured dials: the inaugural Terre Adélie assortment adorned utilizing the lamé approach and the Passage de Drake with its flinqué dial.
Flip the watch over and the exhibition case makes a formidable impression. It permits you to uncover the automated calibre SHX5. 30mm in diameter, this micro-rotor calibre is the primary to have been developed and to be manufactured in-house by the model. Its structure options seven bridges, 5 of that are skeletonized, providing a fascinating perspective on the interior workings. The variable inertia stability is held below a transversal bridge and ticks at 4 Hz. The micro-rotor is customary out of platinum and the watch has 60 hours of energy reserve when absolutely wound. It shows the hours, minutes, seconds and no date right here. The frilly ornament performs on contrasts. It contains sandblasted black bridges with hand-chamfered angles and straight-grained flanks. The central bridge is in black-polished metal.
The Antarctique Titanium is worn on an identical titanium bracelet – in addition to the brand new materials, its specs are much like these of the metal bracelet with its distinctive C-shaped centre hyperlink. It’s fitted with the model’s “easy-release” interchangeability system that permits you to swap to a leather-based or rubber strap in seconds (the extra strap is included). There may be additionally a micro-adjustment system for the final hyperlinks, with an extension launched by a pair of pushers. This lets you adapt your bracelet for an ideal match on the wrist.
The Czapek Antarctique Titanium Darkish Sector retails for CHF 32,000. It will likely be obtainable in a restricted yearly manufacturing of 100 items – Like something from Czapek just lately, these will most likely be tough to get given the excessive demand. The model is predicted to open once more their order e book on the event of Watches and Wonders this 12 months. For extra data, please go to www.czapek.com.