Czapek Is Reaching for the Stars With Faubourg de Cracovie Chronograph Featuring Aventurine Dial

One of the highlights of WatchTime’s recent show in New York was certainly the Czapek Faubourg de Cracovie Chronograph with its stunning aventurine dial. Aventurine is a glass-like material that can be made in different hues. Czapek opted for a deep blue color, and the glittering inclusions show a stunning play of light that give it the appearance of the night sky. While originally a very elegant material, Czapek succeeded in giving it a sporty look by combining it with bold hour markers which surround the subdials of the chronograph.

Here lies also the complexity of the dial, as each of the counters for the chronograph is its own disc of aventurine. Cutting this material is very challenging, but for Czapek there was no other option as they pursued the most perfect result. Another challenge were the hour markers, which are applied. To secure them, tiny holes need to be drilled in the dial, and each time the dial is drilled into, there is a risk of it breaking. However, the result is spectacular, as it seems that the hour markers float in space. Combined with the 41.5mm large case made from stainless steel, it results in a surprisingly sporty design.

As beautiful as the front of the Faubourg de Cracovie chronograph is, so is the back. Here we can admire caliber SXH3, a pleasant combination of visual delight and performance. A gold rotor adds a generous dash of luxury and aids in the efficient winding of the movement. When fully wound, it has a power reserve of 65 hours. Remarkable is also that it runs at 5Hz/36,000 VpH. As is to be expected of a chronograph in this category, it relies on a column wheel, vertical clutch, and linear hammer for precise operation.

The Czapek Faubourg de Cracovie Chronograph with aventurine dial is limited to 50 pieces and priced at $36,000.

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  1. Glenn Krasner

    Aventurine is defined as brownish glass containing sparkling particles of copper or gold, also known as “aventurine glass”. Czapek is the onley company I know of using this interesting and very striking material. Just gorgeous!!! Glenn in Brooklyn, NY.

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