CZAPEK & CIE – PLACE VENDOME SUSPENDED TOURBILLON
POETRY FROM “HERE AND ELSEWHERE”
After Quai des Bergues, Czapek has launched Place Vendôme, a new collection stamped with the “French Touch”, featuring two versions with a suspended tourbillon.
“Here and elsewhere”, Geneva and Paris. Czapek & Cie loves travel, and especially time travel. After Quai des Bergues, a collection released to mark their resurrection in 2015, the watchmakers unveiled their new collection, Place Vendôme, earlier this year, and which is available in ultra-limited editions. Just ten platinum and fifteen red gold pieces are on sale to delight fans and collectors of Czapek & Cie.
Including one of the watchmaking’s most difficult complications, the tourbillon, the timepiece has all the features that are so dear and so specific to Czapek & Cie; blued red-gold “Fleur de Lis” hands, “Grand Feu” enamel, Roman numerals on the hour and minute disc, and not forgetting the counters at 4 o’clock, for the double time zone, and at 8 o’clock, for the suspended tourbillon. The day/night indicator is at 6 o’clock, while the power reserve can be seen in the lower part of the hour and minute counter. The watch houses the calibre SXH2, an exclusive manual-winding mechanical movement developed by Chronode and Czapek & Cie. Running at a frequency of 3 Hz, it provides a power reserve of 60 hours. The 43.5mm-wide case is made of red gold or platinum, with both wonderfully matching the alligator leather strap, with its red gold or platinum buckle.
This first version of the Place Vendôme tourbillon has an undeniably poetic name: Lumières (Lights). This is a reference both to the light reflected by the suspended bridges on the dial and to the splendour of Place Vendôme in Paris, where François Czapek opened his first watchmaking shop in the 19th century. Truly romantic!
Price: 99,000 CHF (platinum) / 88,000 CHF (red gold)
By Isabelle Guignet