Czapek & Cie Faubourg de Cracovie: A new color emerges


The company's first chronograph series now comes in salmon, silver and blue. Oh, and it’s a perfect opportunity to finally learn a thing or two about salmon. 

The four new references are ironically named after the finest and most famous salmon species from the Pacific Ocean: Chinook, Coho, Sockeye and King. The salmon and blue Faubourg de Cracovie features a hand-engraved guilloché dial made by the craftspeople at Metalem, Czapek's partner in Le Locle. The special pattern, called ‘Résonance’ is derived from the ‘Ricochet’ pattern of the Quai des Bergues collection: concentric circles originating from the two sub-dials at 3 and 9 o'clock intersect and form bas-relief squares. The dial and the sub-dials, a trademark of the Czapek brand, are made of ‘alloy 401’ – a combination of 55% gold complemented by a mixture of platinum, palladium and silver. The salmon finish, with its golden hues, is done by electroplating.

The 41.5-millimeter steel case recalls the distinctive ‘Revolution’ case of the Quai des Bergues collection, where the crown protectors serve as pushers for the chronograph functions. These four new pieces are powered by calibre SXH3. This integrated column-wheel chronograph movement visible through the transparent case back was built by Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier. It delivers 65 hours of power reserve from a single barrel that drives the balance wheel at 36,000 vph.