Czapek is a brand that forced us, in the best possible way, to pay attention last year with the release of their openworked Antarctique Rattrapante chronograph. This is a watch that replaced any semblance of a traditional dial with the full chronograph works of the movement to enjoy. A closer look at the brand revealed some lovely three-handers as well, all within the Antarctique collection. This year they’ve brought updates to both, and continue to flesh out their unique design language with interesting materials, colors, and sizes.
The latest Rattrapante, called Ice Blue, uses sapphire rings for the minute track running the perimeter of the dial, as well as for the minute totalizer at 4:30, and the running seconds at 7:30. Each has been treated with metal oxides applied by an evaporation process that create a fume blue appearance. They are still transparent, but look, well, ice blue. The creative application of color here heightens the alrighty considerable level of drama that emanates from this watch, while also making it a bit more familiar and legible in the process.