Anomaly collection: Is it already the end?

Our ANOMALY collection is now 4 years old. Through its success, CODE41 has become a community brand firmly established in the Swiss watchmaking scene (and beyond).

Nevertheless, the ANOMALY 01 and 02 as you know them will soon no longer be produced. It’s becoming very difficult, if not impossible, to get hold of Miyota and ETA movements (a situation that many are already calling the “movement crisis”).

Come on, let’s get out our old photo albums and we’ll tell you how these original models marked the foundation of CODE41. You’ll discover how the ANOMALY 01 and 02 initiated significant change in the watchmaking world, and how they remain emblematic models in its history.

The movement crisis

It’s now very tricky to get hold of Miyota and ETA automatic movements. This situation affects CODE41 directly, as the ANOMALY collection has featured these movements since the very beginning. What, then, are the causes of this crisis?

Miyota (ANOMALY-01)

The Japanese movement maker MIYOTA is no longer accepting orders due to excessive demand; production can no longer keep up.

ETA (ANOMALY-02)

The sanctions imposed by the Swiss Competition Commission (COMCO) have greatly complicated the supply of ETA movements in recent years.

A brand like CODE41 needs visibility and reliability in its supply chain, which is where this movement crisis is really affecting us, and forcing us to explore other avenues. But before we talk about the future, let’s first return to the genesis of the ANOMALY collection.

The history of the Anomaly collection

In March 2016, a mysterious team of cowboys, going by the name of the GOLDGENA PROJECT, sewed the seeds of trouble in the hushed world of Swiss watchmaking by unveiling the secrets of the Swiss Made label. This left many people feeling very disgruntled, but others, many others in fact, joined us in the creation of CODE41 and its very first project: ANOMALY.

Incidentally, this name was chosen at the time because the project was seen as a real anomaly in the Swiss watchmaking system:

A 100% transparent approach to the origin of components and prices

Direct online sales with no intermediaries

The participation of our community throughout the creative process

A brief summary of the main stages of the ANOMALY project:

The creation of CODE41 and its first collection was made possible by our 941 founder members who pledged their support during the Kickstarter campaign. Once again we offer them our thanks.

First design VS current design ANOMALY01

From November 2016 to the present day, more than 12,000 fans of mechanical beauty all over the world have worn this adventure on their wrist!

An emotional moment: in November 2017 we delivered the very first models!

4339 France
1789 Switzerland
668 Germany
605 Belgium
448 Holland
332 Italy
258 United Kingdom
2 Iceland
1900 Rest of the World

Emblematic models 

The ANOMALY 01 and 02 initiated significant change in the world of watchmaking. To better understand the situation, we need to look back on the status quo as it existed for watchmaking brands in 2016:

With its ANOMALY collection, CODE41 was the pioneer of a new watchmaking vision, though many still doubted its viability:

A 100% transparent approach to production

A price that is a direct reflection of the costs of production

Direct online sales without intermediaries

The 12,000 ANOMALY 01 and 02 watches will go down in history for their role in a major paradigm shift in the watchmaking world.

And now?

For us, the word “crisis” has always been synonymous with “opportunity”. Back in 2016, CODE41 was born in the middle of a watchmaking crisis. The distribution networks found themselves in great difficulty thanks to the big watchmaking groups imposing significant minimum stock levels, generating a very large volume of unsold units and an explosion of the gray market. On top of all of that came the tidal wave of smartwatches, with sales leaping up by 223% between 2015 and 2016.

So, the ANOMALY collection will have to evolve, but it will no longer exist in its current original form.

For that reason, the pieces still available represent the last opportunity to own a watch from this emblematic collection which marked the founding of CODE41!

Remaining watches: 1660

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  1. Pier Luigi Calabrese says:

    Non ho simpatia per i movimenti giapponesi e poi l’assemblaggio in Cina non mi da certezza di comprare un code41

    • Valentine
      Valentine says:

      Prendo nota del suo commento ma potrebbe spiegarmi il perché? Perché se si tratta di un timore di mancanza di qualità, posso dirle che i movimenti giapponesi sono equivalenti a quelli svizzeri 🙂

    • Valentine
      Valentine says:

      Bonjour Jean-Claude,
      Merci pour votre message.
      Nous sommes toujours sur une livraison de 5 jours ouvrés et 7 jours maximum en ces temps de crise.
      Bonne journée!

    • Valentine
      Valentine says:

      Merci Hubert pour votre message. Il est vrai que c’est une somme. J’espère que vous suivez nos offres de paiement en plusieurs fois 🙂

  2. Frank Seewald says:

    Nun ja – bei 2.141 Uhren kann man ja auch noch etwas verkaufen, bevor Torschlusspanik ausbricht.
    Ihr macht gute Uhren und werdet sicherlich zeitnah eine Lösung finden – die dann sicherlich auch als die bessere Lösung verkauft werden kann …
    Zumal aktuell ja wohl in erster Linie der Endverbrauchermarkt verhalten reagiert …
    In jedem Fall wünsche ich Eurem Unternehmen viel Erfolg.

    • Valentine
      Valentine says:

      Bonjour Pascal,
      Merci pour votre message.
      Il n’y a pas d’inquiétude pour la DAY41, nous utilisons un mouvement STP 🙂

  3. Remi Gibily says:

    La fin d’une série en appelle une autres, je suis persuadé que vous avez d’autres solutions et que vous allez nous présenter un ou plusieurs nouveaux modèles, je vous fais confiance
    Chrono, 3 aiguilles, et surtiut nouvelle série X 41, vite !!!!!!

    😜😉

  4. Hans says:

    Jammer, maar er komen zonder meer nieuwe kansen Voor code 41. Ik kijk er naar uit. Its a pitty but new chances wil come absulutely for code 41. I Look forward to it.

  5. Valiquer Michaël says:

    Bonjour,
    Si vous ne produirez plus d’Anomaly qu’aurez-vous comme alternative ?
    Est-ce que vous relancerez une volée de Day41 ? (Ce qui, au passage, serait une excellente chose) Mais je crois qu’elles étaient aussi équipées de mouvements ETA ou Sellita.

    Merci pour votre feed-back

    Michaël V.

    • Claudio
      Claudio says:

      Nous travaillons effectivement sur des alternatives pour faire évoluer la collection ANOMALY mais elles ne seront pas dispo avant 2021 🙂

    • Valentine
      Valentine says:

      Comme toujours CODE41 a plus d’un lapin dans son chapeau 😉 Nous vous laisserons suivre nos newsletters pour le découvrir!