NEWS ON PROJECT X41

On March 14th, we introduced you to our slightly crazy project involving the creation of the first community-based manufacture movement, with the aim of making high-end watchmaking more accessible. Many of you voted and left positive comments, which we greatly appreciate 🙂 This means that stage 2 – development – is now underway! But the hardest part is still to come, with numerous steps to be approved together over the course of the coming months, and we will also require a minimum of 200 preorders in order to launch production.

QUINTESSENTIAL WATCHMAKING

The creation of a new manufacture movement is the essence of mechanical watchmaking. As fans of these little machines know well, it’s not about function – here, telling the time is just a pretext – it is above all about the beauty and magic of these incredible instruments that capture our childlike wonder.

It is important to clarify that the movement we are currently developing is nothing like the usual mass-produced skeleton movements. Indeed, the mass-manufactured standard movement with open-worked plates mustn’t be confused with our own movement, produced in a small run, with bridges machined on-demand and exclusively for CODE41. Furthermore, the peripheral oscillating weight that will accompany our movements represents real technical prowess that few brands have been able to master.

EXCLUSIVE PERIPHERAL OSCILLATING WEIGHT

During the previous chapter, many of you voted for the automatic version despite its higher cost. We have therefore decided to integrate the much talked about peripheral weight into all of our X41 movements. Here’s what it will look like.

GRAND DATE

Displaying the date was definitely not planned from the start, but we received an incredible number of requests for this complication, and as you know, your opinion is very important to us. As a result, we’ve been working on a way of integrating this feature into the movement without compromising its mechanical beauty. We have opted for the most prestigious of solutions: the grand date. If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right 🙂

PRODUCTION COSTS

Based on a production run of 500 movements, the cost of production for the grand date is $ 250 / € 217. This would move the total price of the movement up to $ 1,650 / € 1,434.
Here’s a quick recap of the costs:

COMPONENT COST ORIGIN
AUTO MOVEMENT (peripheral weight) WITH DATE $ 1’650 / € 1’435 (min. 500 units) SWISS
AUTO MOVEMENT (peripheral weight) WITHOUT DATE $ 1’400 / € 1’217 (min. 500 units) SWISS
STEEL CASE, TRANSPARENT CASEBACK $ 80 / € 70 CHINESE
LEATHER STRAP, DEPLOYMENT CLASP $ 30 / € 26 ITALIAN/CHINESE
ASSEMBLY $ 30 / € 26 SWISS
PACKAGING $ 15 / € 13 CHINESE

SO, DATE OR NO DATE?

LAUNCH PRICE
APPROX. $ 4’630 / € 4’020

LAUNCH PRICE
APPROX. $ 3’990 / € 3’470

RESULTS OF VOTES:

I like it with the date
1,690 votes
I like it without the date
654 Votes

WORK IN PROGRESS

The architecture of the X41 movement has not yet been finalized. We still have to work on designing the bridges and improving the readability. We’ll be able to show you more complete versions in future chapters, but for now, here are a few drawings to give you an idea of the conundrum that is designing a manufacture movement.

CASE DESIGN

Our aim is to build on the powerful, recognizable brand codes we have created with our ANOMALY case. As a young brand, it’s important for us to concentrate our efforts on establishing an emblematic style before trying to launch a completely new design. That said, we are currently working on some nice developments that we’ll be revealing to you over the coming chapters.

HERE’S AN OVERVIEW OF THE SCHEDULE

We initially planned to begin accepting pre-orders in mid-June, just before the summer holidays, but development – in particular the changes resulting from the addition of the grand date – is going to take longer than anticipated. We would therefore prefer to launch pre-orders at the start of September.

THE STAGES OF THE PROJECT

There’s still some work to do, but we’d like to launch for pre-orders in March 2019. As you know, we need at least 200 members to support this project to be able to launch production.

14 March, 2018: Preliminary ideas
18 April, 2018: Integration of big date
31 Oct, 2018: Construction of the movement
5 Dec, 2018: Development of the design
January, 2019: Finalization
March, 2019: Launch for pre-orders

So, we’ll see you on January 16th for the next part of this extraordinary project!

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    • Kevin
      Kevin says:

      Bonjour,
      Nous sommes encore dans l’étape de développement, nous aimerions lancer les précommandes en mars 2019. N’hésitez pas à donner votre avis sur les variantes 🙂
      Cordialement

    • Marcia
      Marcia says:

      Bonjour, nous comprenons tout à fait votre point de vue. Le projet X41 est différent de nos modèles actuels et le prix, même s’il n’a pas encore été fixé, n’est pas comparable car nous parlons d’un mouvement manufacture. Ne manquez pas notre prochain chapitre qui vous en dira plus 😉 A bientôt!

  1. raymond.lozano@free.fr says:

    Bonjour ,bravo pour en être arrivé là .Le projet X41 me paraît très bien engagé…
    N’etant Pas membre fondateur,mais très intéressé par ce nouveau projet ,quand penser vous qu’il serait possible d’y participer ?
    Merci encore pour ce projet enthousiasment

    • Marcia
      Marcia says:

      Bonjour Raymond, merci beaucoup pour votre soutien! Nous allons très bientôt communiquer sur l’avancée de notre nouveau projet 🙂

  2. logan.sibi@laposte.net says:

    Bonsoir,
    le modèle sans date me semble plus adapté par rapport au design du cadran.
    Le rappel de Anomaly-01 est super.
    Bonne continuation et au plaisir d’ acquérir une de vos montre.

    • Jéremie says:

      Bonjour, nous avons envoyé des nouvelles par email hier (chapitre 10), et fin octobre dans notre prochain chapitre vous saurez tout sur le projet 🙂

  3. Antonio says:

    J’adore ce projet, toutefois la ressemblance avec ANOMALY-01 est visible, sauf sont concept mécanique totalement nouveau est superbe et exitant. Je l’attends avec impatience.

  4. SABRI LAHOUEL says:

    Bonjour Claudio,
    Vous ayant acheté une Anomaly 02, Je souhaiterai savoir:
    – Ou en êtes-vous du projet X41?
    – Les ouvertures de pré commande sont-elles maintenu pour septembre?
    Cordialement,
    Sabri.

    • Marcia
      Marcia says:

      Bonjour Sabri,
      Notre projet X41 a pris un peu de retard, nous communiquerons bientôt sur le sujet par le biais d’un prochain chapitre.
      N’hésitez pas à nous contacter par email ou par téléphone pour toute information.

  5. Jean-Daniel Perret says:

    Bravo, j’ai votre magnifique CODE41 au poignet depuis un certain temps et j ‘en suis très fier. Une véritable œuvre d’art. Bon vent pour la CODE41 avec date; elle sera encore plus fonctionnelle.

  6. Lecomte Yves says:

    Je confirme que la date est à mon sens un plus!
    Le design de la date doit à mon avis encore être affiné, travaillé,
    Le niveau du positionnement du prix est difficile, trop élevé, peu d’achat, mais une notoriété élitiste, qui offre plus de moyens aux concepteurs, prix trop bas, le produit risque d’être sous valorisé et du coup les quantités resteront faibles car le produit est encore confidentiel.
    Les propositions faites sont dans une fourchette que je jugerai haute, un prix symboliquement inférieur à 4000€ serait à mon sens un bon indicateur de l’état d’esprit…….
    A suivre