THE RETURN OF A LEGENDARY
François Czapek was a Czech-born Polish watchmaker who fled to Geneva in 1832 after fighting in the Polish uprising. He immediately started his own atelier and in 1839 entered into a partnership with Antoine Norbert de Patek, introducing him to the world of watchmaking. In 1845, at the end of their partnership, he created Czapek & Cie and achieved considerable success. He became the official watchmaker of Napoleon III and opened, what was most likely the first watchmaking boutique on the Place Vendome in Paris. He wrote a book about watchmaking, but unfortunately, he died before publishing a second one. Czapek & Cie has been revived in 2015 with an exceptional collection, whose leading model won the Public Prize in the Grand Prix de l’Horlogerie in Geneva in November 2016. This collection takes its inspiration from an 1850’s Czapek time piece. It features a beautiful enamel dial and a 7-day proprietary movement perfectly combining craftsmanship with design and exclusivity with rarity. The Company second collection, a suspended Tourbillon with a second time-zone, was launched one year later in 2017, while the first Czapek chronograph Faubourg de Cracovie was unveiled at Baselworld 2018. The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
The entwinning of two legacies.
A passion for innovation and excellence in watch design has always been at the heart of the EBEL brand. Founded by husband and wife Eugène Blum and Alice Lévy, in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland in 1911, the complementary talents and interests bequeathed by the couple have shaped the heritage and spirit of EBEL. The very name, EBEL, is an acronym of the initials “Eugène Blum Et Lévy”.
This inspirational philosophy was set in stone in 1950 with the introduction of the Kissing “E” logo. With its gentle, sensual curves, voluptuous charm and technical perfection, the Kissing “E” logo became the emblem of a successful tale of synergies between the brand’s heritage and its founding philosophy.
EBEL’s hallmarks of consistent excellence soared to new heights in 1977 with the introduction of an iconic model that would define its identity. The launch of the groundbreaking Sport Classic line with its highly recognizable Wave bracelet and fully integrated case, represented the birth of the hero product concept, and a breakthrough in design and function that marked the beginning of the sport chic category.
Perfection doesn`t come in seconds.
Typical characteristics are the leading zeroes on the hour digits and the highly domed glass. Although the early collections differed visually, primarily through their typography and technically through their type of mechanical movement (MeisterSinger makes both manually wound and automatic watches), over the years the range has been expanded to include more complex models that also show the weekday, the date, or even a second time zone. For these additional indications too, Manfred Brassler developed the idea of open date and time disks to form a special design that is fully in keeping with the MeisterSinger idea, also because the rotation of the disks reminds us of the celestial mechanics that are the basis of how we measure time.
The tower clocks of the Middle Ages also needed nothing more than a single hand: Visible from far away for the town’s citizens and the rural population, they showed how the day progressed, when it was time to rest, or when to finish work in the evenings. They helped people to plan their time. It was only modern times and the advent of industrialization that made it necessary to think in terms of increasingly short time periods. The clocks were gradually fitted with minute and second hands, which made people aware of the constant passing of valuable time.
The revival of an Icon
Named for the son of the Greek god Poseidon, Triton Watches represent the sea. The company was developed during the mid-twentieth century and geared its creations toward professional divers and the military. Developed by Jean René Parmentier, the Spirotechnique was launched in 1963 and remained in production through the mid-1970’s. Monsieur Parmentier worked closely with Jacques Cousteau to design the most precise and durable watch for diving. The Spirotechnique was developed after original diving watches, Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms and Rolex’s Submariner. However, the Spirotechnique was made specifically for professional divers and the military and was much more depth resistant and innovative in design. Its specifications and and precision were designed specifically for divers’ needs. The Spirotechnique is considered one of the most iconic diving watches of all time. The modern version, the Subphotique, has many of the same classic elements of the original design with a few modern updates. The Subphotique contains much of the same appearance as its predecessor. The oversized numerals and “roulette” color theme remain. An outsourced automatic caliber is used. The angular casing shape and 12 o’clock insignia remain, and the Subphotique is slim like the Spirotechnique which keeps it wearable.
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