Geneva Watch Days 2022: Czapek’s Quai Des Bergues honours brand's first calibre

By adapting the original design of the first calibre, SXH1, and overhauling it to meet modern standards, Czapek has unveiled two new timepieces in the Quai des Bergues collection, at Geneva Watch Days 2022
Since its revival in 2015, Czapek’s Quai Des Bergues guilloché 'Ricochet' and its made versions have played a prominent role in telling the story of the historic brand. The Quai des Bergues won the 2016 GPHG, and was inspired by a pocket watch the founder, François Czapek, created in the 1850s. At Geneva Watch Days 2022 , the micro brand has released two new iterations in this collection, named Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green. 

These new watches follow the same path of a typical guilloched Quai Des Bergues, albeit in new colours. Both the Sapphire Blue L and Emerald Green L models come on a 42.5mm stainless steel 'Revolution' case, elongated lugs, a small seconds sub dial at 7:30, and a double hand power reserve indicator at 4:30 that points to the power reserve on one end, and the seven days of the week on the other. The Sapphire blue dial watch takes inspiration from the 2019 Sapphire Blue S, while the Emerald Green dial variant comes close to British racing green tone. The main highlight of the collection is the redesigned movement, a manual winding Calibre SXH1 that has a power reserve of seven days. Another modern update by Czapek is the use of Breguet terminal curve balance spring. 

Both the models feature long Roman numerals hour markers with rhodium plated Fleur-de-Lys steel hands, and a Czapek logo at 12 o’clock. Turning the watch reveals a skeleton sapphire crystal caseback with anti-reflective coating on the inner surface, eight visible screws, and engraving of the respective version ‘Sapphire Blue L’ and ‘Emerald Green L’. 

The stainless steel case gives these watches a water resistance of 50 metres. The Sapphire Blue L model gets a blue alligator strap with stainless steel pin buckle, while emerald Green L sits on a brown alligator strap with stainless steel pin buckle.

Images: Courtesty Czapek

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