Dubbed Révélation, the latest addition to the Czapek Antarctique collection is a skeletonised beauty – more contemporary and technical than its predecessors but also more focused on classical horology. The independent watchmaker has stripped down its luxury sports watch to display its inner workings, an opportunity to show off the beauty of its micro-rotor calibre. Let’s have a closer look at the new Czapek Antarctique Révélation.
Following the Antarctique Rattrappante with its dial-side, split-seconds mechanism, it is time for the time-only version of Czapek’s successful luxury sports watch to show off its mechanics. With the Antarctique Révélation, the beautiful in-house micro-rotor movement appears in a skeletonised version. The Antarctique now freely shows its constituent parts and invites the wearer to dive into its inner workings with a skeletonisation that is tasteful without being overpowering.
“People were in love with the remarkable design of our SXH5 movement, and we, therefore, asked ourselves how we could somehow make it visible on the dial,” said Xavier De Roquemaurel, CEO of Czapek. “One of the first requests had been to engrave a drawing of the movement onto the dial, as a trompe l’oeil. But soon a far more complex idea emerged, namely turning part of the movement upside down in the case and skeletonising the main plate.”
The decision implied several changes to the movement. In particular, the escapement had to be reversed, and the keyless works had to be modified. As the seconds hand could no longer be connected by a bridge to the centre of the movement, space was made at 4:30 for a smoked sapphire crystal small seconds sub-dial. The minutes can be read on the sapphire ring on the movement’s periphery.
Visible from both sides of the watch, the skeletonised calibre SXH7 is 30mm in diameter. Like the SXH5, it runs at 28,800 vibrations/hour and boasts an autonomy of 60 when fully wound. The beautiful finishes include an openworked barrel and sandblasted black bridges with hand-chamfered, straight-grained flanks.
The Czapek Antarctique Révélation comes in its 40.5mm case version. It is fitted with a distinctive integrated steel bracelet with its C-shaped polished centre link. The watch is delivered with an additional leather or rubber strap. The practical interchangeable system allows you to swap from one to the other in seconds. The price is set at CHF 38,000. Like the titanium Antarctique Dark Sector presented a few days ago, the production will be limited to 100 pieces per year, so availability should be pretty scarce. For more information, please visit www.czapek.com.