Czapek & Cie, a Swiss-based watchmaker with Polish roots, is coming back to its origins and re-establishing its presence in the Polish market. The brand was founded in the 19th Century by Franciszek Czapek, a watchmaker and a veteran of the November Uprising, who moved to Switzerland after the fall of the military rebellion and devoted the rest of his life to the art of watchmaking. In the Helvetic country, Czapek at first associated with a fellow Pole, Antoni Patek. He then founded his own company, with an atelier in Geneva and showrooms in downtown Warsaw and Paris, and became the official watchmaker of the court of Emperor Napoleon III.
Today, the revived Czapek & Cie is makes a new start in the Polish market and unveils a limited edition of watches named “Warszawianka”, an homage to the company’s founder and to the history of his homeland. The Warszawianka watch was created in cooperation between Czapek & Cie and the Polish company of Wealth Solutions – experts in building collections of rare drinks, works of art, and watches, and originators of the idea to offer the exquisite Warszawianka collection.
“Although Franciszek Czapek created his greatest masterpieces abroad, he often included patriotic references in many of his timepieces”, explains Xavier de Roquemaurel, CEO of Czapek & Cie. “The Warszawianka model pays tribute to these long-lasting traditions”.
The dial of the watch features, at 12 o’clock, the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Poland from the era of the November Uprising. This is a clear reference to the heroic, military episode in the story of Czapek’s life, who served in the National Guard and took part in the battle of Warsaw. The number “6”, unlike the other numerals on the dial, is red, to underline the hour at which the November Uprising started. The “Żyj swobodo, Polsko żyj” (Live, freedom, oh Poland, live) inscription on the dial is a fragment of the lyrics of Warszawianka – a patriotic song the entire project has been named after. Furthermore, the cabochon features a piece of amber – one of the world-famous symbols of Poland. All these unique features are combined together creating a truly exquisite watch that merges Swiss precision with the Polish soul.
“The history and tradition are really important values for Polish people, so as a Polish company specializing in luxury and collectible watches we decided to create the special edition of timepieces that would pay homage to our past and would show part of our heritage in an interesting way. This is the reason why we invited to cooperation the Swiss watch atelier which has Polish roots and a founder who had insurrectionary episode in his life story” said Michał Kowalski, Vice-President of Wealth Solutions.
The limited edition includes only 15 timepieces, including 5 with 5N Red Gold cases and 10 with XO Steel cases, and was manufactured in Switzerland. The official launch of the Warszawianka model took place on 31 May with an exclusive event at the 5-star Bellotto hotel in Warsaw.
In addition to this limited edition timepieces, the regular collection – the “Quai des Bergues” watches for ladies and for gentlemen, as well as the “Place Vendôme”, the brand new tourbillon line – is also available in Poland. Czapek’s regular collection watches may be purchased from the company’s official distributor – Jubiler Pluciński, a family-operated business boasting over 60 years of history and offering luxurious jewellery, as well as high-end watches.
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