Just released by Czapek & Cie in collaboration with Collective Horology is the new Antarctique P.04 “Lanikai” and it may be the best-looking version of this integrated bracelet sports watch yet. Collective Horology is a California-based operation run by Asher Raskin and Gabe Reilly, who have done some stellar collaborations in the past with the likes of Moser, Zenith, IWC, J.N. Shapiro and most recently Armin Strom. Like any truly great collaboration, Czapek & Cie. Antarctique P.04 “Lanikai” succeeds because it is beautifully executed regardless of co-branding or not.

Three years in the making, the Antarctique P.04 “Lanikai” is defined by its instantly eye-catching dial. Inspired by the water and shores of Hawaii’s Lanikai coast, the enamel dial is finished in emerald green. It’s not just the color that makes it special but also the way the dial is for the first time executed in an undulating concave wave pattern creating a beautiful horizontal wave effect. The wave motifs are then stamped onto the dial from a hand-engraved mold, after which the enameling process is performed. Glazing on uneven surfaces is complicated, but the end result is beautiful. The lack of a date window keeps the dial nice and clean while the sand-colored second hand gives it a very nice, on-theme feel.

For this project, Czapek partnered with none other than master enamel dial maker Donzé Cadrans (acquired by Ulysse Nardin in 2012, they still supply large enamel dials to brands like Patek Philippe and Cartier). Even some of the world’s best enamel dial makers took some trial and error, said Czapek CEO Xavier de Roquemaurel:

“For the underwater dune shape, we worked with Michèle, our friend and master engraver, to create an engraving that recreates natural irregularities and creates Surreal impression. In the meantime, Claude-Eric searched the planet for Lanikaï’s perfect turquoise-toned glaze powder. And… the first tests were a disaster!… Trying new techniques was a long learning curve and we had to try harder than with any other Antarctique dial to get it right, but the end result ended up exceeding all of our expectations.”

Of course, this watch features Czapek’s in-house SXH5 caliber which has become a timeless classic Antarctica staple. With a recycled platinum micro-rotor and frame bridges, it has hand-chamfered edges as well as some very nice brushed surfaces throughout. A watch with a dial this beautiful deserves a movement to match, and the SXH5 never disappoints in that regard. Operating at 4 Hz, it has a power reserve of 56 hours.

The stainless steel case is 40.5mm wide and 10.6mm thick (with a water resistance of 120m), which is really close to the ideal proportions one might want in a sports watch. Aesthetically, the integrated bracelet has a similar design albeit with minor updates including screw-through links and better case integration. It also has an “Easy Release” system that can be used to swap out the bracelet with the included rubber strap.

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