– Czapek & Cie, a fascinating nineteenth century watch Company, is back
Collectors and lovers of fine watchmaking can rejoice. On November 10, 2015, François Czapek, one of the great figures of nineteenth-century watchmaking, will reemerge from history. The Quai des Bergues collection pays tribute to his art.
The Polish watchmaker François Czapek, born in Bohemia (Czech Republic today), was an associate of Antoine Norbert de Patek, a fellow Pole. Both men lived in Switzerland. But Czapek's name, while no longer widely known, was uttered in the most prestigious circles in its day. His prized timepieces were hard to come by and were much coveted by the nobility back then. Napoleon III, Emperor of France, even granted him the title Horlo- ger de la Cour Impériale (Court Watchmaker). To this day, Czapek watches are much sought after by collectors.