MARCH 22 - DECEMBER 22, 2016 // SUCCESS

Phase 1: Take-off phase 1

Having already unsettled the hushed world of watchmaking, the CODE41 project produces the first mechanical watch created in collaboration with a community of 57,000 members. Phase 1 became a reality on December 22, 2016 with a crowdfunding campaign which raised 543,150 CHF.

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P1, CHAPTER 1 // MARCH 30TH 2016
SWISS MADE OR TOTAL TRANSPARENCY ON ORIGIN

It is possible that a watch labelled as ‘Swiss Made’ can be made from components almost entirely manufactured in Asia. We have decided to make our watches in a completely transparent manner, and have therefore created the TTO label, standing for Total Transparency on Origin.
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P1, CHAPTER 2 // APRIL 13TH 2016
PRICES, MARGINS AND POSITIONING

Cost price, distributor margins, retailer margins… these are all well-kept secrets. Not any more – we’re going to explain it all! Don’t expect us to follow all the rules here either.
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P1, CHAPTER 3 // APRIL 27TH 2016
EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION AND COMMUNITY POWER

The traditional distribution network is saturated and difficult for a new brand to break into. Anyway, has it really kept up with modern purchasing behaviors? Take a look at our opinion.
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P1, CHAPTER 4 // MAY 11TH 2016
WE UNVEIL OUR FIRST DESIGNS

We can’t wait to show you our first creations. After that, it’s your turn! Give us your opinion and vote for your favorite design. If you like mechanical watches you will not be disappointed!
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P1, CHAPTER 5 // MAY 25TH 2016
WE INTRODUCE OURSELVES

We’ve been in the watchmaking industry for 15 years and rub shoulders with some of you quite frequently. We’re Swiss (well, mostly) and we live in Switzerland (well, most of us). We know what you’re thinking… so much secrecy for a team claiming to be fully transparent. All will be explained.
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P1, CHAPTER 6 // JUNE 22ND 2016
LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS

In our next chapter, we’ll be delving deep into the details of the product. We’ll be describing the evolution of our timepiece, and addressing the feedback you’ve given us on its aesthetics, characteristics and origin. We’re close to our goal; this summer will be hot!
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P1, CHAPTER 7 // JULY 27TH 2016
UPDATE ON DESIGN PROGRESS AND A FOCUS ON DEVELOPMENT

Let’s focus on the latest developments.
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P1, CHAPTER 8 // AUG. 17TH 2016
A SPECIAL MOVEMENT FOR A SPECIAL SERIES

In addition to the standard collection, we would like to create special series with distinctive movements. We will show you a number of options.
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P1, CHAPTER 9 // SEPT. 21ST 2016
NEW BRAND, SOBER DIAL AND LAUNCH DATE

The collection is ready to go! We will now be launching the technical review and the prototype. We’ve had people telling us they aren’t too keen on the ‘Goldgena’ name, so we’ll be presenting some alternatives.
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P1, CHAPTER 10 // OCT. 12ST 2016
FINALIZED COLLECTION & CROWDFUNDING

Things are really starting to get serious.
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JANUARY - DECEMBER 2017 // IN PROGRESS

Phase 2: BLASTING OFF phase 2

Production, logistics, strategy, we are going to tell you everything and even touch on some taboo subjects that won’t please everyone.

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P2, CHAPTER 1 // APRIL 13TH 2017
SUPERSTAR OR MICRO-AMBASSADORS ?

Will the big stars always be the brand ambassadors of the future? In this age of globalization, the need for proximity offers new perspectives.
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P2, CHAPTER 2 // JULY 12TH 2017
CHECKUP 6 MONTHS AFTER OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

Already 6 months! What have we been up to during this time? A brief update on production, our cash-flow levels and the contrarian approach we’re going to be taking with our project.
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P2, CHAPTER 3 // AUG. 9TH 2017
PACKAGING, LOGISTICS AND AFTER-SALES SERVICE

We’ll be showing you the design for our packaging. It’s really attractive and we’re proud of that, but it’s also optimized for logistics and after-sales service which are in tune with our project: international and futuristic.
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P2, CHAPTER 4 // SEPT. 6TH 2017
WE ALSO SHARE OUR SUCCESS

What if you could earn money by wearing your favorite watch and speaking about your passion? Wouldn’t that be cool? We’re going to make that a reality.
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P2, CHAPITRE 5 // OCT. 4TH 2017
ARE RETAILERS DEAD?

So, will be buy all of our watches online in the future? We don’t think so, but they’re going to have to have a clear-out and think outside the box… once again.

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P2, CHAPTER 6 // NOV. 1ST 2017
NEW SWISS MADE LAW; THE FARCE CONTINUES

So it’s all good? Will the new Swissness law mean that Swiss Made watches will finally be Swiss? We’re going to take a closer look.

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P2, CHAPTER 7 // NOV. 29TH 2017
THE SMART WATCH MENACE

The smart watch has turned watchmaking upside down, but is it a threat or an opportunity? We’ll be giving you our opinion and a few ideas.

2018 - 2020 // FOLLOWING SOON

Phase 3: CONQUERING THE UNIVERSE phase 3

CODE41 will take over the major watchmaking groups and give power to the community. Yes, I know we could be more ambitious