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The Czapek Quai des Bergues Double Soleil (Live Pics)

A new case size and a new guilloché pattern for the Quai des Bergues.

| By Xavier Markl | 2 min read |

The name Czapek was resuscitated in late 2015 with the elegant Quai des Bergues, a model inspired by a Czapek pocket watch made in the 1850s with its unusually positioned sub-dials. Originally presented in a 42.5mm case and later in a 38.5mm case, the watch now comes in an intermediate 40.5mm diameter. And it also has a new guilloché pattern on its dial. Meet the wonderful new Czapek Quai des Bergues Double Soleil.

Now presented in a new 40.5mm diameter case size, which sits perfectly between the previous two available sizes, the Quai des Bergues’ steel case retains its signature elements. The distinctive crown shield, elongated lugs, and a curved sloped bezel are all there. The case-side recesses have been slightly reworked, and the slope of the lugs has been adapted for an optimal fit on the wrist. The water-resistance rating is 5ATM / 50m.

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Under the curved sapphire crystal, the dial of these new Quai des Bergues features a new, exclusive guilloché pattern called “Double Soleil” (double sun in French). The starting point for the creation of this new pattern with dial-maker Metalem was the Ricochet Guilloché. Through a process of repetition, with greater emphasis on vertical symmetry and straighter, deeper cuts, the new Double Soleil pattern achieves a bolder and more contemporary look. Three colour options are available: Deep Blue, Tuxedo Black or Secret Alloy (the colour of the alloy used to make the dial, which combines gold, platinum, palladium and silver).

Flipping the watch over, the exhibition caseback displays the newest version of the calibre SX introduced in 2022. This proprietary movement calibre has been developed and is manufactured with movement specialist Chronode. Measuring 32mm in diameter, it features openworked bridges, just like in the Antarctique’s calibre SHX5, the brand’s first in-house movement. There is also a tiny triangular cut-out just below the barrels. From a technical perspective, this upgraded version of the SXH1 calibre has an inertia balance wheel with a Breguet terminal curve on the hairspring.

The frequency is 3 Hz, and the power reserve of 7 days is stored in two barrels. It displays the hours, minutes, small seconds and the power reserve, which eventually allows you to keep track of the day of the week as the springs unwind. The decoration is sober and expertly executed with sandblasting, beautiful anglage, open ratchets, blued screws and mi-glace rubies whose rounded surface improves lubrification while beautifully catching the light.

The Czapek Quai des Bergues Double Soleil comes on an alligator leather strap fitted with a steel pin buckle. The price is set at CHF 18,800 (not including taxes).

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2 responses

  1. Please correct me if I’m wrong but I believe the hand that points to the day of the week is tied to the hand that states the days remaining in power reserve. So, in order for the hand to point to the correct day of the week, the watch HAS to be wound on Sunday. Is that correct? Thanks for your help. On another note, I’ve tried on this case shape in the larger 42.5mm size and thought it was beautiful but too large for my wrist to comfortably wear on a daily basis. I didn’t know they made a sub 40mm size. This new sizing at 40.5mm is probably perfect. Can’t wait to see this piece in the metal.

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