CZAPEK & CIE S.A.
Rue Saint-Léger 2
Czapek & Cie is a manufacturer of fine Swiss watches, founded in 1845, in Geneva. It is known for its tailor made timepieces, which were made for the European nobility in the 19th century.
François Czapek was a Czech-born Polish watchmaker who arrived in Switzerland in 1832 after the fall of the Polish uprising. He was a remarkable watchmaker, and soon after his arrival, in 1832, he created with a local Swiss watchmaker, his first “Entreprise”, CZAPEK & MOREAU.
In 1836 Czapek met Patek, another Polish emigration whose background was in the military. Both men had participated in the Polish uprising and became very close. Czapek led Patek to the summit of fine watchmaking and introduced him to his future wife, Marie Denizart.
On 1 May 1839, Antoni Patek and François Czapek founded a six-year partnership in Geneva under the name PATEK, CZAPEK & CIE. This partnership produced some exceptional watches. Czapek was the head of watchmaking (“Finisseur”), while Patek led the sale and the company.
After the dissolution of the initial partnership, Patek founded a new company with his name on May 1, 1845, and Czapek founded CZAPEK & CIE. Czapek’s new company flourished. He became watchmaker at the court of Emperor Napoleon III and had a studio in Geneva, a shop in Paris, Place Vendôme and another in Warsaw. He wrote a book on watchmaking, one of the first written in Polish, and died before the publication of the second.
Czapek’s legacy of precision and delicacy continues today in the hands of Swiss entrepreneurs and watchmakers, the iconic watchmaker Czapek & Cie have turned into a contemporary boutique brand.
In the years 2015-16 the company received CHF 2 million among friends, private investors and watchlovers as the first Haute Horlogerie company, which was revived by Crowd Funding Equity.
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