There’s a lot of love for Czapek’s integrated-bracelet sports watch equipped with a proprietary movement. While the brand has released several iterations of this model since its launch in 2020, the newest Antarctique Titanium Dark Sector is one of the most interesting versions to date, featuring an all-new design, material, and finishing.
Recognizing that the integrated sports watch market is proliferating and in need of new ideas, Czapek strives to innovate and introduce fresh developments to the Antarctique line. The inaugural version with a hand-painted dial depicting the nebula is a prime example, and the latest version is also a great instance of simple yet clever design.
In contrast to earlier Antarctique models, the latest emphasises the grey palette by using titanium for its case and bracelet – a first for the line – creating a tone-on-tone look that seamlessly matches the dark grey dial. To further enhance the watch’s understated style, the bracelet’s C-shaped links are brushed instead of polished.
The dial on the latest model features subtle design changes that make the watch more interesting. One novel feature is the “sector” dial, which deviates from the long hour markers traditionally found on a “sector” dial. Instead, the new model uses twin wide hour markers that run parallel to each other, resulting in a distinguishable appearance. In addition, removing the date from the dial ensures that the twin rings of hour markers remain uninterrupted, which helps to preserve the appeal of a “sector” dial.
Flipping the watch over reveals the excellent SXH5 movement, which is arguably the most interesting movement found in an integrated-bracelet sports watch in this price range. This is thanks to the micro-rotor made of recycled platinum, along with the multiple independent bridges that bring to mind vintage pocket watches.
The latest Antarctique presents a visually coherent and attractive design package. While its minimalist, tone-on-tone look might seem simple at first glance, it features unique details that add character, such as the double hour markers and the small red dot at 12 o’clock, creating a striking contrast against the grey dial. These nuances set it apart from traditional luxury sports watches with patterned dials, allowing it to be distinctive while remaining understated. While the movement has always been the Antarctique’s most distinctive feature, the design now achieves a similar impact with its clever interpretation of the classic “sector” dial.
Czapek Antarctique Titanium Dark Sector
Movement: SXH5; automatic; 60 hours power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, and seconds
Case: 40.5 x 10.6 mm; titanium; water resistant to 120 m
Strap: Titanium bracelet with additional calf leather or rubber strap
Availability: 100 pieces per year