HISTORY IN BRIEF
Francois Czapek was a Polish emigre who settled in Geneva. There, he met fellow countryman Antoine Norbert de Patek, and they established the short-lived watchmaking company Patek, Czapek & Cie. Patek went on to partner Jean-Adrien Philippe (giving rise to the company known today as Patek Philippe), while Czapek founded Czapek & Cie with Juliusz Gruzewski. Czapek’s watches were a huge hit; he was even named Watchmaker to the Imperial Court by Napoleon III. Sadly, his name and company fell into oblivion after his death in 1873.