Saturday , 25 May 2024

Got inspired Czapek & Cie. with the «California Dreamin» at Patek Philippe ?

The relatively young Geneva watch brand Czapek & Cie presents the new addition to the «Faubourg de Cracovie» chronograph collection, inspired by the very first modern watch of the brand. Or was it really Patek Philippe?

Back to the origins. This time, not directly to Francois Czapek, but to the co-founders of the modern Czapek & Cie who re-established the Company on 12 December 2012. The three entrepreneurs created the Czapek Design Study Chronograph, a manual wind chronograph powered by a historic caliber from the seventies and with a California dial. The initial purpose was to secure the legal re-establishment of the brand, yet this watch rapidly became a test of the marketand a source of early stage funding before the crowdfunding equity fnancing took place.

This watch was in fact sold to a small circle of friends, allowing them to fnance further research into design and development of a proprietary caliber of high quality, the SHX1, that powers the Quai des Bergues – the ofcial launch collection unveiled in 2015. Today, the Czapek Design Study Chronograph serves as an inspiration for the Faubourg de Cracovie California Dreamin’, a steel chronograph featuring a 41.5mm case and an anthracite electroplated brass California dial: the SuperLuminova® coated hour markers are in Roman numerals from X to II and Arabic from 4 to 8.The California dial is an unusual choice for a modern timepiece, whose origins are part of the «mysteries» of watchmaking: nobody really knows why this type of dials are named after the West Coast state.

Some theories state that it is so-called called this way because that particular design was exceedingly popular in the state of California in the ’30s and ’40s, others speculate that it’s because of afamous Los Angeles-based dial fnisher,  irk Rich, who did made some popular dials with the design in the 1970s; however, nothing is defnitive. « The initial design of this watch was that of a rough, sporty and vintage chronograph. We know it has its fans but we have been keeping it a secret so far… It is now time to pay tribute to our modest yet very unique origins », says Xavier de Roquemaurel, co-founder and CEO of Czapek & Cie. «We started with nothing else than our courage, our intuition, our fair, and 15,000 dollars. Of course, we relied on friends to advise us and support the Company by purchasingthis watch. It was time to give the opportunity to more watch lovers to own a part of our history».

The Faubourg de Cracovie California Dreamin’ is powered by the SXH3 Caliber, a COSC-certifed automatic integrated chronograph movement delivering 65 hours power reserve from a single barrel that drives the balance wheel at 36,000 vph. Price CHF 28’000.00.

Only 18 pieces will be produced, on sale at the brand ofical brand retailers, at the Czapek Geneva boutique (rue de la Corraterie 18) or at

About Karl Heinz Nuber

Nuber ist langjähriger unabhängiger Uhren Journalist und begann seine Karriere in den frühen 80er Jahren. Durch das Sammeln kam er zum Schreiben. Er ist Gründer des vierteljährlich regelmässig bilingual – Deutsch und English - erscheinenden TOURBILLON Magazin’s, der digitalen TOURBILLON Plattform TICK-Talk, der Ausstellungs- und Event Plattform Art of TOURBILLON und TOURBILLON TV. Er tritt regelmässig als Kenner der Branche in Erscheinung.

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