BY JOVAN KRSTEVSKI

Czapek & Cie released two luxurious additions for Baselworld 2019 to the Place Vendôme Collection namely the Etincelles (limited to 25 pieces) and Ombres (limited to 10 pieces). These amazing timepieces also feature a tourbillon and a GMT function, something to be excited for actually.

Grade 5 titanium is used for the Ombres or shadows model and the finishing on the 43.5 mm case is somewhat rugged in appearance due to the grayish hue of the sandblasted titanium. Another cool effect of titanium is being light on the wrist. The overall design is clean particularly the thin bezel.

Moving on to the dial, we see a day/night indicator snugged in between the suspended tourbillon at 8 o’clock and the second time zone at 4 o’clock. Finally, the time display is at the upper half of the dial featuring lumed white gold hands against a black enamel ring, steel polished bridges and sandblasted plate.


Next is the Etincelles watch featuring seventy-two baguette diamonds on the bezel and extending all the way to the lugs. This model uses a 43.5 mm platinum case instead of titanium. The Etincelles model also keeps the original design of the Place Vendôme particularly the use of Fleur de Lys hands on the time dial.

Both watches are powered by a Chronode developed hand-wound SXH2 Czapek movement seen through the exhibition caseback of both models. It beats at 3 Hz frequency and is capable of yielding 60 hours of power reserve.

Finally, both watches wear on a matching alligator strap with either platinum or titanium buckle.

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