François Czapek is set to become a household name once again, thanks to the award-winning reincarnation of this venerable name.
Czapek originally made watches in Geneva with another Polish immigrant, Antoine Norbert de Patek from 1839. Eventually both men went their separate ways – Patek teaming-up with Adrien Philippe (their own eponymous brand becoming the most successful independent watchmaker to date) while Czapek formed Czapek & Cie with Julien Gruzewski. Although the brand was a success, the name didn’t survive François Czapek’s death. It remained largely forgotten until 2011, when watchmaker Sebastian Follonier, art expert Harry Guhl, and luxury veteran Xavier de Roquemaurel came together to revive the brand.
Raising unprecedented investment through a masterful crowd-funding campaign, the first collection was unveiled in 2015 – quite unlike anything on the market and a more-than-fitting tribute to its 19th-century forebear.
“There is something quite interesting about the business structure of Czapek & Cie, collectors and horology enthusiast can contribute to the company’s capital by becoming shareholders.” Watchpaper
“The new family of watches go under the title Quai des Bergues, after the location in Geneva of Czapek’s workshop, and has an elegant, unusual classical design in a shapely 42 mm case.” SalonQP.com
“Breathing new life into a name that never really deserved to be so obscured by history is a noble undertaking”. Ariel Adams, aBlogtoWatch