Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Place Vendome Tourbillon suspendu "Ici et Ailleurs"

From Czapek & Cie 

Courtesy of CZAPEK & Cie

When we think of brands born out of crowdfunding, they tend to hover below the $2,000 mark, and what got the most initial attention for CZAPEK & Cie was the success of their crowd funding.  But lest we forget, they do make watches.  The initial buzz had been positive to say the least.  A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to see some of the CZAPEK & Cie timekeepers in person, and let's just say that the hype is justified.

Courtesy of CZAPEK & Cie
The Place Vendome Tourbillon suspendu "Ici et Ailleurs"
is available in Platinum or 5N Rose Gold.  

The bullet points?  Hours and minutes at 12 o'clock, a tourbillon (1 minute) located at 8 o'clock, second time zone indicator at 4 o'clock, a day-night indicator is found at 6 o'clock, and lastly a power reserve indicator below the hour/minute indicator.

It is a pretty impressive construction, and unlike some of my more "silver tongued" colleagues, I am not going to feign perfect understanding of its assemblage, so I'm going to leave it to the people who put it together to provide the specifics -

FUNCTIONS Hours and minutes on separate dial located at 12 o'clock One-minute tourbillon located at 8 o'clock
Dragging second time zone on ring at 4 o'clock. 

Push-piece setting. Counter-clockwise rotation
Day/night indicator located at 6 o’clock. 

Counter-clockwise rotation
Power reserve: O centre disk, located at 12, 90° 

rotation, winding counter-clockwise

Caliber SXH2: haute horlogerie proprietary mechanical 

hand-wound movement developed by Chronode
and Czapek & Cie
Power reserve: 60 hours with one barrel spring
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21,600 VpH
Diameter: 34.8 mm – 15 1⁄2 lines
Height: 9.8 mm

Front: anthracite sand-blasted plate, steel bridges with 

sandblasting, circular graining, and polish
Tourbillon: polished, chamfered and with flanks drawn. 

One blue screw marks the seconds
Case back: open ratchet with circular bevelling, sand-blasted bridges, blue screws, manual chamfering

5N Rose Gold or platinum Pt950 case
43.5 mm diameter
Curved sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
on both sides
Sapphire crystal case back with anti-reflective treatment 

on both sides
Water-resistance: 30 meters (3 atm)
Alligator strap with 5N Rose Gold or platinum buckle

“Grand feu” Enamel ring, steel polished bridges and sand-blasted plate

5N Rose Gold “ eur de lys” hands

• 10 pieces in platinum Pt950 numbered 1/10 to 10/10 

• 15 pieces in 5N Rose Gold numbered 1/15 to 15/15

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