Final technical arrangements and visiting the factory

We're delighted to find you here for this new chapter, in which we'll introduce you to the latest developments in the Mecascape project. In the previous chapter in February, we revealed the changes made to the project, as well as the name of the partner working alongside us from now on in the realization of this extraordinary undertaking.

Today, we're taking you to the vicinity of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, to the heart of the Cercle des Horlogers workshops where the Mecascape is in the process of coming to life. Claudio, founder of CODE41, is there in particular to meet Nicolas, co-founder of the CDH. On the agenda: addressing the progress made in the final technical arrangements, going over the next steps, and finding solutions for taking on the challenges met by the teams at this exceptional Swiss factory. 

Designing the Mecascape: some sizeable challenges

To keep it short and sweet, here's the current status of the Mecascape project in 4 key points: 

The position

The position of the mechanism and components has been finalized

The construction

The construction of the bridges is almost complete

The case

The case and packaging are currently being designed

The structure

With the structure being a demanding proposition due to its delicateness and unprecedented dimensions, we're leaning towards making the case from grade 5 titanium.

We'll go into further detail below.

With its unique design and size, the Mecascape is unlike any other watchmaking project. With a length of 106mm and a width of 69.3mm, it is around 4 times bigger than a standard watch case! An unprecedented technical challenge, the Mecascape has required a complete rethink of the way of positioning the components, all while ensuring that the project can stand the test of reality.

The bridges, for a start, with their atypical proportions, but also the mechanism and the immense rectangular display, divided up into 5 different dials: hours, minutes, seconds, power reserve, GMT.

Another potential obstacle to overcome: the delicateness of the structure. With the space occupied by the components in fact being much bigger than what we're accustomed to, particular attention is being paid to the Mecascape's structural viability and its resistance to shocks and being transported. That's why we're considering the possibility of making the case from grade 5 titanium.

It's not something that you're going to take with you when scuba diving or running a marathon, but all the same it has to be as perfectly functional as it is beautiful, whether it's being carried around or arranged on a desk.

One final important point, and a big one at that: the calibration of the machines which will produce the Mecascape. These are in fact meant for producing smaller-sized parts and movements, meaning that they need to be completely recalibrated in order to make the future prototypes, while maintaining micrometric precision in the machining and assembly processes.

The next steps

We'll see you in July, when we'll in introduce you to - and submit to your vote! - the colors that we'll have been working on and the accessories planned to accompany the Mecascape. The next major phase, which will be spread out over 3 to 4 months: the production and receipt of the first prototypes. Stay tuned!

Any other suggestions?

If you have any ideas, observations or questions, don't hesitate to leave a comment below; we'll be delighted to respond!

Upcoming milestones (tentative dates)

JUL 27 2022

Presentation of and voting on colors and accessories

AUG 24 2022

Monitoring and receipt of prototypes, confirmation of the collection and surprise project

SEP 28, 2022

Launch of pre-orders

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    • Zaineb
      Zaineb says:

      Bonjour Narboux,

      Merci beaucoup pour cette suggestion ! Le MECASCAPE a été initialement conçu pour être porté sur soi ou être posé sur son bureau, mais pourriez-vous me donner plus de détails sur l’usage que vous préférez ? Souhaitez-vous la tenir dans votre main ?

  1. says:

    Bonjour et félicitations pour ce magnifique garde-temps pour lequel je garde déjà une place de choix sur mon bureau. Puis-je être inscrit sur votre mailing list afin de suivre les développements du projet ainsi que les pre-commandes lorsqu’elles seront disponibles?
    Merci d’avance.

    • Zaineb
      Zaineb says:

      Bonjour Jeremy,

      Nous sommes ravis d’apprendre que vous avez été séduit par la Mecascape ! Hâte que vous l’ayez sur votre bureau 😍

      Comme demandé, je viens de vous inscrire à la Mailing List, nous vous enverrons les nouveautés dans les semaines à venir. ⌚

  2. says:

    Bonjour et bravo pour ce magnifique projet très innovant. Merci de m’ajouter à votre mailing list. Je ne voudrais surtout pas manquer le lancement officiel du Mecascape. Bien cordialement,

    • Kasim
      Kasim says:

      Hallo Ingmar,

      vielen Dank für Ihren Kommentar.

      Nein, eine Öse oder ähnlich für eine Uhrenkette, ist nicht geplant für das Mecascape

  3. JEAN-PAUL bussard says:

    Bravo pour la conception, minute, heure, date, secondes, etc.
    on se rejouis de voir un prototype.
    salutations sportives.

    • Kasim
      Kasim says:

      Hallo Michael,

      vielen Dank für Ihre Meinung! 👍

      Es freut uns wirklich sehr, dass Sie gefallen an unserem Mecascape finden.

  4. André Kümin says:

    Liebes CODE41-Team. Anmerkung zum Abschnitt “Die nächsten Schritte”: der Textlaut “…die Farben, an denen wir gearbeitet haben, und die Accessoires, die für das Mecascape geplant sind, vorstellen – und zur Abstimmung vorlegen!…” wiederholt sich in der Folge. Freundliche Grüsse.

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