Swiss independent watchmaker Czapek has introduced a new variation to its Antarctique collection, with a special dial, in lightweight titanium.
The Antarctique Titanium Dark Sector features a 40.6 mm x 10.6 mm brushed grade 5 titanium case with a gray dial with a velouté finish (textured), made from brass, with unique applied double “registered segments” in between the printed hour markers/five-minute increments.
Protected by a box-shaped domed sapphire crystal, the dial has a minimalist look, Sword-shaped hour and minute hands, and a baton-shaped center seconds hand with an arrow-shaped counterweight. The monotone hues are accented by a red mark at 12 and a red tip on the seconds hand.
With the tapered integrated titanium bracelet attached, the watch weighs just 95 grams in total. The bracelet can be easily swapped out with the quick-release system and offers micro-adjustments. Each purchase comes with an additional integrated calfskin leather or rubber strap.
While the crown screws down to the case, and is protected by thin crown guards, the sapphire caseback is less sports oriented and is held down by four screws. Nevertheless, the depth rating is a respectable 120 meters.
Powering the hours, minutes, and seconds is Czapek 4Hz automatic caliber SXH5 which measures 30 mm x 4.2 mm, has 28 jewels, 193 total components, is fitted with a free-sprung balance, has 60 hours of power reserve via a single barrel, and is wound by a micro-rotor made of recycled platinum.
Finished with open ratchets, sandblasted black bridges, bevelling, straight-grained sides, and six hand-chamfered inward angles, like with brands such as Armin Strom, Kari Voutilanien, and other top independents — you get hand chamfering that would otherwise be done by machine at some companies with models that compete in this category.
The Antarctique Titanium Dark Sector retails for approximately $32,000.
Photos by Czapek.