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Introducing: Czapek Antarctique Terre Adélie

Czapek Antarctique Terre Adélie

Until recently, Czapek & Cie was defined by their modern take on classical haute horology, whether that’s impressive salmon and blue guilloche dials (a personal favourite) or a GMT with a high complication twist.

With their most recent entry into their canon, Czapek are now taking on the big guns with their own version of the often-imitated yet ever lusted-after sports luxe timepiece, the Antarctique.

Czapek Antarctique Terre Adélie

After all the intensity of Czapek & Cie’s previous timepieces, be that finishing or mechanics, it’s a breath of fresh air to see something as modern and wearable as the Antarctique.

As you’d expect from the company it keeps – the likes of Lange’s Odysseus and the original Royal Oak – the case 40.5mm case is fully steel and built to withstand substantial daily knocks. It’s also water resistant to 120m, not enough for a serious diver but perfect for potential splashes and dampness from daily wear.

Czapek Antarctique Terre Adélie

It also files into rank with a cool integrated bracelet, complete with novel, polished, geometric links between the polished. Apparently they’re meant to look like a C for Czapek; I’ll let you decide whether they do for yourself.

Czapek Antarctique Terre Adélie

The sporty-elegance case shape is paired with a tone-on-tone grey dial that, rather than metal, uses a unique lamé technique that has a particularly lovely texture. Opting for minimal indexes over numerals, the only break in the dial is the date window. I’d like to see a non-date option to really hammer home the uninterrupted grey, but it certainly doesn’t detract from the svelte look of the Antarctique.

The time-only watch is powered by the SXH5.01 automatic caliber, designed for Czapek & Cie by collaborator Daniel Martinez, and it’s a stunner. The 56-hour power reserve is all the more impressive given that it’s powered by a microrotor, ye the microrotor itself is moreso. Offset to give a good view of the skeletonised movement, it’s made of 100% recycled gold.

Czapek Antarctique Terre Adélie

Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t an explorer’s watch. The name actually comes from the travels of a Czapek & Cie shareholder, and besides this isn’t a watch you want to intentionally take into the wilderness; it’s limited to 99 pieces. Still, if you did, you wouldn’t find it wanting, in either looks or practicality.

Price & Specs:

Brand: Czapek
Model: Antarctique Terre Adélie
Ref: 03.Z386.400/60.C843
Case/Dial: 40.5mm diameter x 10.6mm height, stainless steel, hand-decorated lamé dial
Water Resistance: 120m (12 bar)
Movement: Calibre SXH5, in house, automatic, 28 jewels
Power Reserve: 56h
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date at 6 o’clock
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet with Czapek exclusive “Easy Release” system with additional calf leather or rubber strap
Price: CHF 18,000 or $18,900 (US duties incl.), limited edition of 99 pieces, subscription only until July 15

More details at Czapek.

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James Buttery

James Buttery lives and breathes watches, editing watch industry bible WatchPro before moving to QP magazine. He has been called on to comment on watches and the industry by the BBC, CNN and the International New York Times among others. Now, he’s the head of watches over at Hype Beast.