The fascinating story starts with Franciszek Czapek born in Semonice, Bohemia in 1811, he was a skilled watchmaker who later founded Czapek & Moreau, his first company, after the collapse of the Polish uprising he fled to Switzerland in 1832. In 1839, he met Antoine Norbert de Patek, and together they founded Patek, Czapek & Cie, which eventually dissolved six years later. Nevertheless, Czapek continued producing timepieces and founded Czapek & Cie with a new partner, Juliusz Gruzewski. Czapek's watchmaking skills were exceptional, and his company became renowned, having boutiques in Geneva, Warsaw, and Place Vendôme in Paris. He became a Purveyor to the Imperial Court and Watchmaker of His Imperial Highness, Prince Napoleon, marking his rise as one of the great watchmakers of his time. In 1871, Czapek mysteriously disappeared, and his legacy was eventually resurrected in 2012. A group of enthusiasts resurrected the Czapek company name and launched Czapek & Cie in 2015, allowing fellow watch lovers to invest in the company via an equity crowdfunding campaign. In 2019, the first boutique of Czapek & Cie was officially opened in Geneva, and in April 2022, the Company built its new factory in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, incorporating machining, milling, and polishing.