Project 2 - 12 March to 11 April 2019

X41 – Fine-watchmaking manufacture movement

Create the first community-designed manufacture movement and democratize Fine Watchmaking.
Amount of preorders
CHF 2'889'810
Numbered creator edition
500 contributors
Standard edition
200 contributors

Thank you !

Pre-orders for the X41 project are now closed. A huge thanks to all the dreamers who believe in our work! Your enthusiasm has exceded all of our expectations. The 500 X41 Creator Edition watches sold out in less than 72 hrs, and the 200 additional pieces disappeared in a matter of days. Production is underway, and the first deliveries are scheduled for December 2019.

Waiting list

A new series may be made available in a few months. You can already sign up below to be added to the waiting list. Future price: : ~ $ 5400

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Quintessential watchmaking

The creation of a high-end movement is quintessential for fans of fine mechanical watchmaking. Until now, that pleasure was reserved for only the most fortunate. For their second project, the CODE41 team has decided to change all of that!

What makes the X41 project so special?

  1. The chance to wear a piece of Fine Watchmaking at a price the competition can't match
  2. Limited edition movement designed, manufactured and assembled entirely in Switzerland
  3. Exclusive architecture and design just for the CODE41 community
  4. Exclusive peripheral oscillating weight only mastered by a handful of brands
  5. Launch price of less than 4,000€, whereas similar pieces cost 20,000€, and often much more
  6. Finished and assembled by hand. Pure watchmaking Art

Meet the X41 collection

What defines a high-end movement?

These are limited edition movements (around 50 to 1,000) made according to an exclusive design and architecture. The finishing and assembly are performed by hand. The time is generally displayed on the movement, without a dial, in order to showcase the magic of these mechanical sculptures.

Exclusive peripheral oscillating weight

The peripheral weight fitted to the X41 movement is a symbol of the genuine technical feats achieved by only a handful of brands. Many big-name brands have already attempted to integrate such a feature, often only to abandon it because the ball bearing was too loud, inefficient and costly to implement. In the case of the X41 movement, after several years of development, these problems have been resolved by the brand’s partner by machining the components of the ball bearing in-house, in order to guarantee perfect dimensions and finishing.
Peripheral oscillating weight
Standard oscillating weight

Numbered Creator Edition

CODE41 is not a brand in the traditional sense of the term; it’s more of a community project. The aim is to gather enthusiasts around a watchmaking project, to help it to become a reality. In the process, said members become project Creators.

Supporting the x41 project grants the following benefits:

The X41 watch is more than Swiss Made

For a watch to be Swiss Made, at least 60% of its value must come from Switzerland. The figure for the X41 project is 90%, easily exceeding this requirement. Such a high quantity of Swiss components is very rare! However, the X41 watches will bear no mention of being Swiss Made, as CODE41 has been opposed to this misleading label since the very start.
The X41 project offers unbeatable value and magic for money

Total transparency

With our TTO label, standing for Total Transparency on Origin, we've based our approach around being transparent. We clearly explain the origin and cost of each component and each process.
COMPONENT / PROCESS COST ORIGIN
MOVEMENT 1,620 CHF / 1,435 € SWISS
TITANIUM CASE, TRANSPARENT BACK 145 CHF / 128 € CHINA
LEATHER STRAP, DEPLOYMENT CLASP 30 CHF / 26 € ITALY/CHINA
ASSEMBLY 30 CHF / 26 € SWISS
PACKAGING 25 CHF / 22 € CHINA
TOTAL exVAT 1,850 CHF / 1,637 €

What's the secret behind such a high price/quality/magic ratio?

Fine watchmaking is inextricably associated with the world of luxury. The latter is a synonym for inaccessibility, social standing and even ostentation. These subjective criteria have the unfortunate tendency to propel prices to artificially high levels. For the X41 project we are focused on objective values, like high quality and superior expertise. The production costs and margins allowing the project to be profitable are clearly explained. Direct distribution, minimal markups and transparency on costs are all criteria that allow us to offer the X41 at a price that the competition just can't match.
The retail price is not the result of market positioning, but rather a direct reflection of the costs of production

Competing with smartwatches

Smartwatches may appear to be a rival to the traditional watchmaking industry, however, our insights reveal that both styles of watches can work together through the growing trend for the public to wear a traditional watch together with an activity tracker. Our study of 1,000 British smartwatch owners commissioned through OnePoll has revealed that over 88% of users still own and regularly wear a traditional watch. It is great for the X41 project to see that smartwatch users still value a traditional timepiece, there is no reason that they should not be worn together, because they serve completely different purposes.

Other technical information

Frequency 28,800 turns per hour / 4[Hz]
Crystal Scratch resistant sapphire crystal (front and back)
Pivots Tempered rolled steel. High-quality treatment which prevents premature wearing of the pivots
Adjustment to 5 positions Each movement has been tested for precision in 5 positions. (Industrial movements: in general, 1 in every 50 units is tested in only 2 or 3 positions)
Weight 55 grams / 85 grams with leather strap
Dimensions Diameter: 42mm / Thickness: 11.7mm
Interchangeable strap 24mm / Simple assembly with no need for tools

An industry-leading partner

Developing a fine manufacture movement isn't something you can make up as you go along. which is why we've called on one of the best creators in Switzerland. Timeless Manufacture are distinctive in that they create all of the components used in their movements in-house, except for the balance wheel. This is a fact that deserves to be mentioned, because it's not uncommon to find manufacture movements fitted with components from industrial movements.

TIMELESS MANUFACTURE IDENTITY CARD

  • Founded: 2008
  • Complete mastery of cutting-edge watchmaking expertise
  • High-precision manufacturing department based in Geneva (40 individuals)
  • Watchmaking workshop located in Jura (10 individuals)
  • In-house production of all components except for the balance wheel

No risk, all rewards

Frequently asked questions

WHAT ARE THE CONDITIONS FOR CANCELLATION AND RETURNS?

As long as your order has not yet been dispatched, you can cancel it free of charge, or modify your choice of strap (according to availability). It is only possible to change the color of the bridges and/or hands until May 21 2019. After delivery, you will have 30 days to return your order for free, unused and in its original packaging, in order to receive a full refund.

DO I HAVE TO PAY IMPORT TAXES UPON RECEIPT OF MY WATCH?

No. We've implemented a system in our cart that allows us to calculate and pay your country's respective customs duties and VAT. This means you won't have to pay anything upon receipt of your watch.

ARE THE X41 MOVEMENTS COSC CERTIFIED?

No. All of our X41 movements are tested individually by our watchmakers in 5 different positions, and precisely adjusted according to criteria similar to the COSC. In addition, this certification would require us to increase the retail price by several hundred euros, without providing any real added value.
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Launch for pre-orders

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Finalization

Finalization of the movement and design of the case.
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Case design and titanium validated

Steel : 473 votes
Titanium : 2013 votes
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Prototypes, case design and costs

The design of the movement has been approved and the prototypes are in production. Presentation of the design of the box. Detailed announcement of the production costs.
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04

Design evolution and construction

Development appreciated by the community, but with the following comments: remove the red and the arrow, and add the logo.
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Grande date validated

With the date : 1'690 votes
Without the date : 654 votes
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Rewinding by peripheral weight validated

Manual rewinding : 308 votes
Automatic rewinding : 1607 votes
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Launch of project

The creation of the first community-designed movement is arousing enthusiasm in the CODE41 community.
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  1. SIMON alain says:

    Bonjour..le verre saphir est il traité anti reflet sur la face avant de la x41 en commande ?? bien cordialement. Alain

    • marcia
      marcia says:

      Bonjour Hervé,

      Il vous suffisait simplement d’être Membre afin de pouvoir pré-commander la X41.
      Notez que les pré-commandes sont terminées mais il vous est encore possible de vous inscrire sur la liste d’attente, dans le cas où une nouvelle série serait lancée!

  2. marco says:

    Buona sera, con molto dispiacere non sono riuscito ad acquistare il vostro modello x41, nel caso prossimamente ci fosse questa possibilità, scrivetemi.
    Saluti

    • marcia
      marcia says:

      Buongiorno Marco, è ancora possibile iscriversi alla lista d’attesa nel caso in cui venga lanciata una nuova serie 🙂

  3. W. Chris Felpel says:

    Guten Tag,
    Super der Erfolg Glückwunsch.
    Ich bin sehr an der Uhr mit rot eingefügten Zeiger interssiert.
    Machen Sie mir bitte ein Angebo.t

  4. Jaeger Denis says:

    Bonsoir,
    Est-il encore possible de commander ou acheter la montre X 41 ?
    Quelles sont les démarches que le doit faire,
    Dans l’attente de vous lire, recevez mes sincères salutations.
    JAEGER Dénis

    • Valentine
      Valentine says:

      Bonjour Denis,
      Merci pour votre message.
      La X41 n’est plus disponible en vente. Par contre vous pouvez vous inscrire sur la liste d’attente et nous prendrons contact avec vous si une nouvelle campagne s’ouvre.
      https://code41watches.com/projects/x41/
      Nous restons à votre disposition si vous avez d’autres questions. Bonne journée!

  5. walterjjverbeke@gmail.com says:

    Hi guys, just learned about your initiative. Seems that I’m way too late for the interesting stuff. You closed that one a month ago. Any chance for last items in that category? A big thanks, Walter

    • marcia
      marcia says:

      Hello Walter,

      So sorry you’ve missed it!

      You can still subscribe to the waiting list, in case we would make another serie 😉