A photoessay of a one of a kind – bespoke piece, the Czapek «Quai des Bergues – nº 23bis».
For many connoisseurs, Czapek has been making a very notable appearance in these last two years. Since its «unorthodox» resurgence to the presentation of their Tourbillon and winning the Public Prize at the «GRAND PRIX D’HORLOGERIE DE GENÈVE 2016», Czapek has steadily entered the scene amongst the high-end and even well-established watch brands. Even being part of the «Only watch 2017» auction has established the feeling as if they have been around for decades. Undoubtedly a considerable feat by its management.
What is most notable about Czapek is without a doubt the value for money. There is no question that when looking at the Czapek «Quai des Bergues « few are able to give more for less. With those finishings, a proprietary movement, 8-day power reserve, power reserve indication… and all that inside stunning watch case makes this Czapek a real contender despite its youth.
I confess that I have a weakness for manual 8-day movements for the comfort of winding them once a week and not ever needing a rotor. The smoothness of the winding and very comfortable winding crown make you wish the weekly interaction with the crown was more often.
The watch case is absolutely fabulous. Complex yet elegant, complicated yet extraordinarily well executed.
The movement finishings are a joy to watch and are well above this price tag. Like a friend and one of the most horologically savvy gentlemen I know said;
«There is nothing missing and nothing in excess…»
He could not be more right. This Czapek has the perfect balance between excellence and cost. Going a bit more complex (with hand executed bevels or inward angles…) would undoubtedly place the Quai des Bergues outside of the reach of most watch enthusiasts.
All the details are carefully considered and administered in the Czapek. All is where it should be, and most important, how it should be. This is a watch to take VERY seriously not only as a watch but as a long-term companion.