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Czapek & Cie Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu ‘Ici Et Ailleurs’ Watch

Czapek & Cie Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu 'Ici Et Ailleurs' Watch Watch Releases

Czapek & Cie made some waves back in 2015 for the unique crowdfunding method via which they raised funding. Earlier this year, they released their second line of watches, the Place Vendôme collection, starting with the Czapek & Cie Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu “Ici et Ailleurs” watch. Encased in platinum and featuring a dual-time zone display, power reserve, day and night indicator, a grand feu enamel dial (or ring, rather), and a tourbillon, this watch is quite the accomplishment for the newly revived brand.

Czapek & Cie Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu 'Ici Et Ailleurs' Watch Watch Releases

Visually, Czapek seems to be a fan of playing with circles within circles. Their debut watch, the Czapek & Cie Quai des Bergues (hands-on here), had two sub-dials at 4:30 and 7:30, and the Tourbillon Suspendu follows a similar template. At the top, we have a grand feu enamel ring that serves as the local time indicator. The hands are blued gold, fleur-de-lis in shape, and stand out against the frosted silver of the dial underneath. Enclosed within this ring and to the bottom is the power reserve indicator which shows the power reserve through a series of bars.

Czapek & Cie Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu 'Ici Et Ailleurs' Watch Watch Releases

At the bottom right, we have the home time indicator and instead of hands doing the moving, Czapek has chosen to use a rotating disc, with a fixed bridge on top of it that has a pointed end and serves as the “hand” for the home time indicator. Ici et ailleurs, by the way is French for “here and there,” similar to what we saw on the dial of this Van Cleef & Arpels watch. The tip of the bridge is also filled with lume to help tell time at night. This seems a bit out of place given that the local time indicator, which usually is used the most, does not have any lume to help legibility at night or in low light.

Czapek & Cie Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu 'Ici Et Ailleurs' Watch Watch Releases

To the bottom left is the 60-second tourbillon, and while it does not have a second hand, Czapek have incorporated a blued screw, the only one in the watch, so it doubles as a seconds indicator. Finally, to the bottom of the dial is the day night indicator for the home time display. All the components are superbly finished, as expected at this price level. Given the monochromatic color scheme for the watch, any faults or compromises in finishing will be immediately apparent and leaves little wiggle room for the manufacturer.

Czapek & Cie Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu 'Ici Et Ailleurs' Watch Watch Releases

While the tourbillon and local time indicator have plenty of polishing, the rest of the dial is anthracite and has a frosted finish, which I personally find very appealing. I initially wished Czapek had used blued screws for the watch, but have since realized that this would look odd, even crass, against the subtlety of the frosted anthracite.

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Czapek & Cie Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu 'Ici Et Ailleurs' Watch Watch Releases

The watch is powered by the caliber SXH2, which was developed exclusively for this watch by Chronode. It beats at 3Hz and provides 60 hours of power reserve through a single mainspring. Like the dial on the front, the mainplate has the same frosted finish and is anthracite in color. The wheels, however, are mirror-polished and part of the mainplate has been skeletonized to show the underlying gear train in gold. Between the gold, mirror polishing, and beveling, there is plenty of pop and contrast to offset the subtlety of the frosted finish and give the entire movement a refined look.

Czapek & Cie Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu 'Ici Et Ailleurs' Watch Watch Releases

With a 43.5mm platinum case, this isn’t a small watch and is made more prominent by the relatively wide bezel, tapered sporty lugs, and the small crown set into the case. If you look closely, you’ll see that there are also crown guards that follow the curvature of the case and actually begin near the lugs. It’s clear from the case design that this is not meant to be a dress watch but is going for a more aggressive look.

Czapek & Cie Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu 'Ici Et Ailleurs' Watch Watch Releases

For a newly relaunched brand, Czapek has not only started off strong, but continues to maintain that momentum with repeatedly interesting, well-finished offerings. The Czapek & Cie Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu “Ici Et Ailleurs” is comfortably in the haute horlogerie zone where value is a hard-to-define and fickle thing and comes down to personal tastes and preferences. What is difficult to argue with, though, is that the watch has plenty to offer in the form of mechanical complexity and high-end watchmaking techniques. The Czapek & Cie Place Vendôme Tourbillon Suspendu “Ici Et Ailleurs” in a platinum case is limited to 15 pieces and ships on an alligator strap for 99,000 CHF. czapek.com

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  • Pete Pete

    doesn’t look like a 100k watch.

    but I love the nicely decorated battery at 6 o’clock – is it lithium, like in the electricianz one?

  • Ranchracer

    Pure horological porn. Love it! Now where did I put those lottery tickets?

  • Radium head

    Nothing to see here and that’s literally hundred grand put together in a manner that you can’t see anything but it’s all there underneath the metal, where is the decorated movement that view. That Makes us all go wow aàh This is like looking at Picasso of a snowstorm

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Say what you like,I adore this piece. It is absolutely gorgeous. Beautifully well balanced face with a beautiful movement. The lack of lume on the hands don’t really matter, that blue of the hands stand out against that stunning white enamel. Everything else on the face is superfluous ( seriously, who needs a night / day indicator ?), but used and engineered wonderfully.
    99k you say ? Hands up, i’ve never heard of this make but having the interweb on hand for such instances this brand has a solid history since 1845 and have some lovely pieces in their collection.

    • Pete Pete

      you probably mean a solid history since 18:45 (a quarter to seven)

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I didn’t
        Start sentences with a capital ! 🙂
        Cheers.

        • Pete Pete

          washington why should I do that? london makes no sense to me.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Nor me on account I’m Scottish and the romans were kind enough to build a wall to keep the sassenach out !

          • I think Romans and Sassenach should be capitalized as well.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            You Americans ans your z’s

  • James Miller

    A masterpiece, although I can’t imagine actually wearing it.

  • Pete L

    Beautiful and well balanced design for such a complicated watch. The blued hands are lovely.

  • I can’t unsee the one tooth goofy “face” on the main time display. And the lume on the 2nd time bridge is worthless (what were they thinking?). Too many screws on the dial side of the watch. I like the watch but it seems to be almost too monochromatic. Maybe if the frosted dial elements were a different color, or even just a darker gray.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Bugger ! now i see it to !!!! 🙂 ( still want it )

    • Radium head

      Unlike this watch Mark the pies turned out great wish you could have a piece to settle your nerves after looking at this but UPS is too slow and it’s best served warm cheers

  • Ummm…”The tip of the bridge is also filled with lume to help tell time at night.” If the disc underneath isn’t also lumed, isn’t that pretty much useless?

  • SuperStrapper

    I like it, but with all those screws on the front it looks like a pizza faced teenager. I can imagine an iteration of this same watch where those plates are capped with enamel/stone/engraved or relief designs

    Mark, hack it and show me something fun.

  • joe Shmoe

    nice

  • BNABOD

    Lot of effort went into this but the movement side while nice is a bit dull and nothing like a ALS look at me movement. maybe that’s the point to be more restrained but for 100 large I need more than this. The front is cool (thanks Mark for the tooth can’t unsee it now w the grin).

  • Ulysses31

    I think it’s a beautiful piece. The movement side is a little boring but it’s presented in an attractive way. Still, if I had that much money burning a hole in my pocket it wouldn’t be my first choice.