A Closer Look at the Czapek Antarctique Rattrapante During Geneva Watch Days 2021
The indie watchmaker's CEO explains all about his latest, and impressive creation
Following our previous presentations of some of Geneva Watch Days 2021 main novelties, we continue today our video report of the fair by exploring one of the most fascinating new models we’ve seen… A truly impressive, technical, horology-focussed piece that made some noise, and for a very good reason. A technical look, a steel case with an integrated bracelet, a design that makes an impression and a crazy split-seconds chronograph movement… We talk to Xavier de Roquemaurel, founder and CEO of Czapek, about the new Czapek Antarctique Rattrapante.
As explained in our introducing article here, the new Czapek Antarctique Rattrapante is a surprising development of the brand’s collection of luxury sports watches. For now only focused on time-and-date models, equipped with the handsome and technically advanced in-house SXH5 micro-rotor movement, the collection has been a great success for Czapek. And now, the model is fitted with a spectacular split-seconds chronograph movement whose intricacies are visible dial side. The original concept with its sleek design has been drastically transformed… but the result is polarizing and captivating, to say the least.
And instead of using the same movement like the one fitted in the Faubourg de Cracovie Chronograph, Xavier de Roquemaurel decided to up his game and to work together with Jean-François Mojon of Chronode in order to develop a new movement, combining a split-seconds (or rattrapante in French) function and a dial-side layout. The result is the automatic calibre SXH6, which is now housed in a slightly enlarged version of the Czapek Antarctique, with a 42.5mm stainless steel case. Still, the overall design is respected, and even enhanced by this spectacular view through the dial.
We leave the stage to Czapek’s CEO, who’ll be explaining everything there is to know about the mighty Czapek Antarctique Rattrapante in the video on top of this article. More details to be found at www.czapek.com.
Whenever Xavier discusses Czapek, you can see the joy in what they do. And this shows in the timepieces they release. The Antarctique has taken it to another level, and the expertise needed to make a piece like the Rattrapante is substantial. Czapek went from a brand I didn’t know about to my favorite brand in less than a year, and I can’t wait to see what they continue to do!