Unveiled at the end of August 2021, the Antarctique Rattrapante was one of last year’s highlights for the indie scene. This version of the Czapek’s luxury sports watch, staging its split-seconds chronograph mechanism on the dial and available via subscription in a first run of 77 watches, almost instantly sold out. The Sunrise Edition, the unique piece donated to the Only Watch Charity was hammered for CHF 240,000. The model now returns in a beautiful third iteration with some updates on the dial. Meet the Czapek Antarctique Rattrapante Ice Blue.
As its name suggests, this new version of the Czapek Antarctique Rattrapante stands out with subtle blue hues. Above a forest of levers, cams and other intricate components, the minute track and the registers are made of smoked blue sapphire. These are paired with blued sword-shaped hands and a red rattrapante seconds hand.
The Antarctique Rattrapante is presented in a 42.5mm x 15.3mm stainless steel case fitted with an integrated steel bracelet. The pusher at 2 o’clock in the crown guard allows you to operate the start-stop-reset functions. The split-seconds function is actuated using the 10 o’clock pusher. Water-resistance is rated 120m.
The watch is driven by the proprietary calibre SXH6 (developed and manufactured with Chronode). The particularity of this spectacular movement is that it stages its split-seconds monopusher chronograph mechanism dial side. As Czapek says: “If you have a beautiful engine, you might as well show it off.” The upper part of the dial reveals the chronograph’s column wheel and horizontal clutch. The lower part of the dial is dedicated to the split-seconds mechanism with a second column wheel and the rattrapante clamp.
The other side of the movement is visible at the back of the watch with an openworked rotor and dark grey shot-blasted bridges. The calibre SXH6 runs at 4Hz and its power reserve is of 60 hours.
The integrated steel bracelet features C-shaped links. It is secured to the wrist by a folding buckle. Last, the brand’s Easy Release system lets you swap the bracelet for a rubber or a leather strap in seconds.
Just like the first edition of the Czapek Antarctique Rattrapante, this new Ice Blue edition will be available at the brand’s boutique in Geneva, official retailers and online at czapek.com through a subscription campaign that starts on 2 April. It is available in a limited edition of 99 pieces and retails for EUR 48,700 or CHF 50,000 (both excluding taxes). As mentioned, the first limited edition of 77 pieces sold out fast, so be ready if you want to grab one. For more information, please visit www.czapek.com.