WWG 2024 New: Czapek Promenade

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Czapek introduces a new collection called the Promenade for Watches & Wonders 2024.

Press Release with commentary in italics.

WWG 2024 New: Czapek Promenade

The retail pricing for the Czapek Promenade Goutte d’eau CHF 18,000 before taxes. Limited Edition of 100 pieces. The Promenade Guilloché will retail at CHF 17,350 for either the blue or ivory versions.


Principally a new collection, and a deviation from the luxury sports Antarctique. This new line sports a new case design and features an assymetrical dial layout with the seconds sub-dial located at 4:40. The dial blueprint is also minimalist, with no indices and rather abstract. Case size is 38mm, and the height measures only 10.8mm.

Perhaps the star of the launch models is the Goutte d’eau, which features a very abstract and mesmerising blue dial mimicking a drop of water spreading across a pond. Czapek calls this model the Promenade Goutte d’eau. This model is limited to 100 pieces. The dial is made with grand feu enamel by Donzé Cadrans in a sapphire blue which is registered as propeietary to Czapek. The dial looks 3 dimensional, but is an optical illusion creating by the radiating pattern from the seconds sub-dial.

The other launch models are released with a guilloché dial with straight line sunburst pattern. These are available in either a blue (Guilloché Bleu Nuit) or ivory (Guilloché Ivoire) finish. The pattern is unique to Czapek and is registered as Soliel (sun).

The movement remains the calibre SXH5.1, which has proven to be a strong performer. This movement was developed to power the Antarctique collection and now also resides in the Promenade lineup. Used in the Promenade, it sports a .1 designation, as it carries a small modification to present the seconds as a subsidiary seconds hand at 4:30 instead of the centrally mounted sweep seconds in the original version.

Pricing for Czapek remains, as ever, to be modest for the watch one receives. All 3 launch models within the Promenade line retails for about CHF 18k. We will be handling and photographing the watches during our session with Xavier de Roquemaurel at the fair.

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Geneva, April 2024 – Czapek & Cie introduces Promenade, a new collection that redefines contemporary sophistication, marrying mechanical excellence with joyful aesthetics.

Simplicity, style, substance and joy. At Watches and Wonders 2024, Czapek & Cie is delighted to introduce Promenade, a new collection that eloquently expresses these four principles.

From idea to outcome – the genesis of a new collection

In 2015, Czapek paid powerful tribute to the creator of the original historic Maison, capturing in a wristwatch the essence of François Czapek’s 19th-century genius. This collection, Quai des Bergues, embodied all the elegance and watchmaking savoir-faire of that period, translated for the 21st century, and established one of Czapek’s main aesthetic pillars.

Since then, by exploring other creative territories, and through other collections such as Faubourg de Cracovie, Antarctique and Place Vendôme, the Maison has forged a strong aesthetic identity – a unique signature. Its creative audacity has enabled it not only to project the original historical essence into the contemporary world, but also to build its own codes. These skills and experiences sparked the desire to create a line that would embody this evolution, this maturity. The real complexity of this collection lies in its simplicity: a chic, contemporary watch that appeals to those with a certain sense of style and an appreciation of mechanical sophistication.

The aim of Promenade was to express a truly modern idea of elegance: chic, relaxed and very easy to wear. The case should be slim, which called for a micro-rotor movement. Thus, it was a natural decision to translate the strengths of Czapek’s in-house calibre SXH5 – originally developed for the sporting Antarctique collection – into this new identity. 

The style of Promenade gives a subtle nod to the calibre’s sporting origins but is deliberately not a sports watch. “The sports watch is a modern classic and will always be with us – but we feel that the genre is very close to reaching the limit of creativity,” says de Roquemaurel. “We love to play with colour, techniques and materials, so Promenade is not just a timekeeping instrument but also a canvas for creative expression.”

Decorative techniques reinvented for two new dials 

“With watches as with people, the dial – or face – reveals so much of the character on first encounter,” says de Roquemaurel, “And our choice of the watch we wear reveals a little of our soul.”  

Strongly anchored by the substance of watchmaking tradition and craftsmanship, the Promenade collection speaks of a relaxed approach to life, an easygoing and quietly confident sophistication, injected with a sense of playfulness and joie de vivre. 

Czapek’s deep respect for the rules of traditional watchmaking allows it to bend its own design rules – and so the signature of the Promenade dial is asymmetry: the designs all radiate from the small seconds dial placed at 4:30, producing a sense of dynamic tension and flowing movement. Driven, as always, by Czapek’s twin imperatives of colour and detail – with the emphasis on creating an intriguing play of light and shade as the wearer’s wrist moves – two classical dial decoration techniques – guillochage and enamel – are used in new ways. 

‘Goutte d’Eau’ (drops of water) harnesses the beauty of grand feu enamel to mesmerising effect: as the watch moves, an optical illusion is created – as when a raindrop falls on the still surface of a pond, ripples appear to radiate out from the seconds sub-dial. Czapek’s partner in creating the Goutte d’Eau dial is Donzé Cadrans. Goutte d’eau is presented in Sapphire Blue.

Guilloché ‘Soleil’ (sun) reinvents guillochage with a sharply modern approach: the seconds sub-dial represents the sun and the finely cut guilloché sunrays radiate from it. To develop the new guillochage technique, Czapek collaborated with its long-time partner, Metalem. The hand guilloché dials are offered in two colours: Ivoire and Bleu Nuit.

Allowing the beauty of the dial decoration to take centre stage, all other elements are reduced to a minimum. The fine, arrow-shaped hands are semi-skeletonised and the applied indexes are trapezoidal ingots with diamond-cut angles to reflect the light.

By working in the établissage tradition, which governed all Swiss watchmaking before the modern era of vertical production, Czapek draws on the skills of highly specialised producers to bring such rare dials to life. “We are on a continuous quest for Beauty through reinventing received ideas about classicism and the traditional métiers d’art,” explains Xavier de Roquemaurel. “Our creative development is a process of continuous iteration, generating many ideas and tests, enabling us to exclude those that are not entirely excellent. Our collaborative approach – the blending of different minds, different talents, different skills and different experiences – is a great strength that does so much to fuel this process.”

A slim case and an exceptional calibre

Remaining true to the spirit of elegance, the Promenade case pays homage to Czapek’s icon – the original Quai des Bergues model. The result is a modern evolution, rather than a revolution, recognisable as part of the family thanks to the recessed and sand-blasted case sides, the signature curved crown protection, and a slim, rounded bezel that fully opens the dial to view. A key criterion was that the 38mm case should be as slim as the calibre would allow – below the threshold of 10 millimetres. 

Since its introduction in May 2020, the automatic Calibre SXH5 has continually evolved.  For Promenade, Czapek and its engineers played with its architecture purely for the sake of the dial aesthetics – another example of the Maison’s “Beauty above all” approach, positioning the small seconds mechanism now directly beneath, and on the same axis as the dial display. 

Immediately recognisable by the seven skeletonised bridges that hold the gear train in place – inspired by the 19th-century pocket watches of François Czapek – the movement plates and bridges feature fine haute horlogerie finishes, including bevelling, straight-grained sides and hand-chamfered inward angles. Beating at 4Hz (28,800 vph) and wound by a micro rotor with a mass of 100% recycled platinum, SXH5 offers 60 hours of power reserve.

The Promenade collection will be available at the Maison’s official retailers worldwide, the Czapek boutique in Geneva, Switzerland, and at Czapek.com. Deliveries will start in the second quarter of 2025.


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