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The Czapek Antarctique S in a New, More Compact 38.5mm Case

Small is beautiful!

| By Xavier Markl | 2 min read |

If you have followed us for a while, you know that we are fans of the Czapek Antarctique, having released our second Montres de Souscripton in collaboration with the independent watchmaking brand. Presented in 2020, this successful luxury sports watch with an integrated bracelet has been a game-changer for Czapek. Originally available in a 40.5mm case, the model enters new territory with a more compact 38.5mm size. Known as the Czapek Antarctique S, it is presented with Glacier Blue or Salmon dial options and a new textured Frozen Star dial.

Wearable, more comfortable, more elegant, suitable for both genders… Is it time to get into smaller watches? Well, at least smaller watches are making a comeback. And that’s good news. Initially available in a case measuring 40.5mm in diameter, the Czapek Antarctique now comes in a new, more compact and slightly different 38.5mm case. This smaller take on the model keeps the DNA and taut lines of the original, but now its sides are flat rather than cut away, and the shoulders protecting the crown have been pared back. It’s a bit simpler and less on the sporty side, but this goes well with the more compact case.

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Presented during Watches and Wonders 2022, the new size is available in three versions. Following the recent launches of the 40.5mm model, the 38.5mm Passage de Drake Glacier Blue and Salmon feature the signature Antarctique three-dimensional trapezoidal pattern Stairway to Eternity. These will be part of the regular collection, so it is an opportunity to get a salmon dial Antarctique as the 40.5mm limited edition sold out in minutes.

Dubbed The Frozen Star, the third model is a 38-piece limited edition featuring a dial made of osmium, one of the rarest elements in the Earth’s crust. Extremely dense, hard yet brittle and resistant to extremely high temperatures, osmium is notoriously challenging to work with. Used on the dial of the Czapek Antarctique Frozen Star, it creates a unique surface texture with an intense brilliance with deep bluish-grey silvery shimmers. 

Like the larger version, the watch is driven by the automatic calibre SXH5, the first modern Czapek in-house movement. This beautiful automatic movement features an off-centred platinum 950 micro-rotor and seven bridges. It runs at 4Hz, and its power reserve is of 56 hours.

The Czapek Antarctique S comes with 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 a rubber or leather strap. There is also a micro-adjustment to fine-tune the fit of the watch. Price is set at CHF 19,500 or EUR 19,000 for the two regular editions and CHF 76,000 or EUR 74,100 for the Frozen Star limited edition.

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