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Czapek unveils its Antarctique collections

Czapek unveils three new collections at Watches and Wonders 2023. Developed within a three-year saga of deep exploration into aesthetics and engineering, the Antarctique Révélation takes the art of skeletonization to its highest level.

The new bespoke, purpose-built SXH7 movement exposes its pulsating heart on the dial side, to the thrill of the wearer. It recalls the Antarctique Rattrapante launched in 2021. “People were in love with the remarkable design of our SXH5 calibre, and we therefore asked ourselves how we could somehow make it visible on the dial” says CEO Xavier de Roquemaurel.

The Antarctique S ‘Carte des Nuages’ (literally, the Map of the Clouds) dial plays with the rich glow of white or grey mother-of-pearl, offsetting it with a glittering pair of ‘Antarctique cut’ diamonds marking 12, and a Princess cut diamond set at each of the 11 other hours. Etched into the surface, six fine guilloché gridlines anchor the composition, in a playfully modern take on the traditional craft of guillochage – with a subtle allusion to cartography. Taken from the central and most lustrous part of the oyster shell, the wafer-thin discs of mother-of-pearl used for these dials are rarely guilloché due to their fragility; to do so requires a highly specialised skill that only a few Maisons are able to source.

Last but not least, the Antarctique S ‘Sashiko’ pays homage to the geometric lines and three-dimensionality of the traditional Japanese stitching of the same name, developed in Japan during the Edo period. The three-dimensional stamped pattern – based on a stylised lotus flower spotted and chosen by Marie-Alix de Roquemaurel – is achieved by repeating squares set at 45 degrees to perpendicular, each comprising six facets.

The new models will be available to order as of April 1st at 3pm CET, as the Antarctique collection order book will be re-opened after one year of closure. Please find the international retail prices (in Swiss Francs before taxes) of the timepieces here below:

  • Antarctique Squelette Révélation: CHF 38,000

  • Antarctique S Carte des Nuages w/ diamond indexes: CHF 26,000

  • Antarctique S Carte des Nuages w/ diamond indexes & diamond-set case & crown: CHF 36,000

  • Antarctique S Sashiko: CHF 24,000

  • Antarctique S Sashiko w/ diamond indexes: CHF 28,000

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