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 casing 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 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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  1. JEAN-PAUL bussard says:

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

    • Kasim
      Kasim says:

      Hallo Michael,

      vielen Dank für Ihre Meinung! 👍

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

  2. 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.

  3. Steven Barker says:

    This is a very interesting concept. The one complication I would suggest is an alarm function. I don’t know if that would be possible.

    • Zaineb
      Zaineb says:

      Hey Steven,

      Thank you for your suggestion! We’ve decided to not have it for this edition because it’s a bit expensive to add, but we’ve forwarded the suggestion to the design team. 😄

  4. Martin says:

    auch wenn ich keine Mecascape bestellt habe, finde ich es toll bei dem Entstehungsprozess dabei zu sein.
    Das gefällt mir an Code 41 sehr gut. Man wird als Kunde in alle Details mitgenommen.
    Bitte weiter so.
    Bin auch mit meiner Anomaly Evolution sehr zufrieden.

    • Kasim
      Kasim says:

      Hallo Martin,

      vielen Dank für Ihre Nachricht und Ihre Unterstützung.

      Zurzeit konnte man noch nicht das Mecascape bestellen, da es zurzeit erst entwickelt wird ´.

      Wir freuen Sie uns bei diesem Abenteuer dabei zu haben. Auch wenn Sie das Mecascape nicht kaufen möchten, können Sie gerne bei allen Abstimmungen teilnehmen.

  5. Gilbert says:

    Magnifique! Si vous avez des problèmes avec les dimensions, inspirez-vous des anciens chronographes (anglais) qui étaient également plus grand – mais n’oubliez pas la précision. Merci beaucoup

    • Zaineb
      Zaineb says:

      Bonjour Gilbert,

      Vous avez entièrement raison, la précision est très importante.

      Les dimensions sont en cours de finalisation, nous souhaitons que toute personne possédant une Mecascape puissent vivre avec tout le paysage mécanique en temps réel. Hâte de vous en dire plus !

  6. Fabien Musset says:

    La transparence et la modernité pour un si bel objet de bureau… Merci de me mettre dans la liste car j’adoooore le concept.
    Je rejoins Sandro pour l’ajout d’une mélodie dès que cela sera possible. Bon courage pour les prochains jalons et à très bientôt.

    • Zaineb
      Zaineb says:

      Bonjour,

      Votre enthousiasme nous encourage !! Merci beaucoup Fabien 🙏

      Je vous ajoute tout de suite à notre Maling list et je note votre suggestion.

      Bonne journée et à très bientôt.

  7. Marco Guicciardi says:

    Ritengo che il posizionamento dei quadranti dovesse essere in senso verticale e non orizzontale. Se metto il Meca nel taschino della giacca, come fosse un cellulare, nel momento in cui lo sfilo per guardare l’ora e con l’attuale posizione dei quadranti in senso orizzontale sarei costretto a ruotare di 90 gradi il Meca, manovra a mio parere del tutto inappropriata e scomoda. Allo stesso modo anche il posizionamento del Meca su un tavolo in senso verticale (cioè la base sul lato più corto) oltre a mettere più in risalto il pezzo , risulterebbe anche meno ingombrante.

    • Zaineb
      Zaineb says:

      Ciao Marco

      Grazie per il tuo grande contributo! Lo invieremo ai nostri designer.

      Per questa edizione, il Mecascape sarà orizzontale, il che è più facile quando si ammira il movimento dalla scrivania, ad esempio.”

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