The Czapek & Cie Quai des Bergues collection welcomes 2018 with an impressive series of unique-looking and colorful hand engine-turned dials, including the Quai des Bergues “Guilloché Ricochet” in Havana Brown. The centerpiece of this collection – the Havana Brown limited edition is the hand-engine turned dial that was produced using the traditional “and very painstaking guilloché main” state-of-art of dial making process in Haute Horlogerie.
It was initially invented for kettledrum decoration at the end of 18th Century and was then retrieved by the watchmaking industry. The “Guilloché Ricochet” is a new design exclusive to Czapek. It represents the ripples of a stone skipped on a lake. The resulting hand engine-turned surface is like no other in its depth, intricacy and quality appearance – an aesthetic that cannot be replicated, not even with today’s modern manufacturing technologies.
The Havana brown color is created by a galvanic method to enhance the beauty of the engraving. The special gold, silver, palladium and platinum plate of the dial is adorned with applied rose gold hour markers that beautifully harmonize with the 42.5 mm millimeter-wide, 18kt 5N rose gold case. Operated by Czapek & CIE’s SXH1 proprietary hand-wound caliber, the “Guilloché Ricochet” Havana Brown is manufactured in a limited edition series of just 15 pieces.
The mechanical hand-wound, Czapek SXH1 caliber features 31 jewels, 21,600 vib/h, double open ratchets with twin barrels, blued screws, sand-blasted bridges, hand-chamfering and168-hour power reserve. The watch features include hours, minutes, small seconds and power-reserve indicator with weekdays. The watch case is made of 5N rose gold, and diameter measures 42.5 mm. A domed sapphire crystal and sapphire back, both with anti-reflective coating on the inside cover the watch front and back. The watch is water-resistant to 30 meters.
The Havana brown handmade domed “Guilloché” dial has an exclusive Czapek “Ricochet” design. Small seconds feature between 7 and 8 o’clock, and the power-reserve indicator and day of the week between 4 and 5 o’clock. The watch has a matte finish brown alligator strap with a 5N gold pin buckle.