The age of restoration: František Czapek

23.11.2018

Born on the territory of modern Czech Republic Czapek began to gain momentum after moving to Geneva. In the then capital of the watch world he met another emigrant named Antoni Norbert Patek and in 1839 they’ve founded Patek, Czapek & Cie. The company has lasted only 6 years but its too tempting to fantasize about what the alternative-future of luxury watch market would look like hadn’t Czapek and the great businessman Patek parted ways or another watchmaking champion Jean-Adrien Philippe hadn’t taken his place. 

 

However, having gone his own way under the brand Czapek & Cie, the watchmaker also managed to leave a notable mark in history of the craft, get the title of official supplier of several royal courts, open stores in Paris, Geneva and Warsaw and write a fundamental work on watchmaking. However, there are no chronicles of Czapek’s fate after the late 60-s of the XIX century, only that he had no heirs. 

 

The brand’s revival turned out extremely romantic. Czapek rose from the ashes with the help of a crowd funding campaign among watch collectors. The first piece from the Quai des Bergues collection, inspired by one of František’s pocket watch and combining the power reserve and the day of the week indicators in one subdial was awarded the public prize at the Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève 2016. Since then the company has released Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu with a tourbillon and a second time zone, as well as Faubourg de Cracovie chronograph.