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The new Czapek Antarctique Royal Onyx

A sleek and dark take on Czapek’s luxury sports watch, with a touch of bling on the dial.

| By Xavier Markl | 2 min read |

Unveiled in 2020, the Czapek Antarctique has to be seen as a very appealing vision of a luxury sports watch with an integrated bracelet, combined with high-end watchmaking credentials. On the occasion of Dubai Watch Week 2023, Czapek presents a new limited edition based on its successful Antarctique sports watch. With its 40.5mm steel case and beautiful micro-rotor movement, the Royal Onyx is differentiated by its deep black onyx dial, lit up by blue sapphire baguette hour markers.

The Czapek Antarctique, the brand’s take on the luxury sports watch with integrated design, made its debut with a beautiful in-house movement in 2020. In a category populated by many similar watches, this watch manages to differentiate itself with a barrel-shaped case topped by a round sloping bezel and an integrated bracelet with C-shaped polished links. The larger version of the Antarctique was selected for this limited edition. Measuring 40.5mm in diameter, this stainless steel watch will suit most wrists while the relatively slim height of 10.8mm will allow it to comfortably slip under a cuff. The water resistance is rated at 120m.

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As the name suggests, the Antarctique Royal Onyx limited edition is set apart thanks to its lustrous black onyx dial. The semi-precious stone has to be meticulously cut into a very fine and even sliver before being shaped and polished to a mirror-like sheen. The deep, inky-black tone serves as a perfect backdrop for the hands and indices, ensuring great legibility. The hour markers are blue sapphire baguettes. The hour and minute steel hands are skeletonized while the second hand has a blue tip.

Inside the watch is the in-house automatic calibre SXH5. Visible via the exhibition case back, it features an off-centred platinum 950 micro-rotor and seven bridges, 5 of which are openworked. It runs at 4Hz, and its power reserve is rated at 60 hours. It displays the hours, minutes, and seconds but the date has been removed here. Turn the watch over and the exhibition caseback grants sight of the beautiful micro-rotor calibre. The sandblasted black bridges are hand-chamfered and have straight-grained flanks. The central bridge is in black-polished steel.

The Czapek Antarctique Royal Onyx is worn on an integrated stainless steel bracelet with polished C-shaped links. It is fitted with the Czapek Easy Release system that allows you to swap your bracelet for the spare rubber or calfskin strap delivered with the watch. This exclusive 18-piece limited edition is released with Mansour Jewellers. The price is set at CHF 34,000. You can learn more at

3 responses

  1. Correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t “luxury integrated bracelet” just mean that it can’t be taken off and replaced with a leather strap easily? Not for me I’m afraid. I’m fed up with being forced down a route of someone else’s choice.

  2. It is so easily replaced, that it is delivered with a strap either in rubber or in leather mate… just ask and you will be given!

  3. @Grant Waller – integrated bracelet in the context of these watches means a design that is integrated (no lugs) within the case. But in the case of the Czapek (and many other luxury sports watches) there’s an easy-interchangeability system to switch between the steel bracelet and a leather/rubber strap. Look at the back of the watch, where the bracelet connects with the case, and you’ll see a small system that allows removing the bracelet in about 2 seconds…

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