Thanks a million!

A big thanks to everyone. X41 pre-orders are now closed. Thanks to the CODE41 members who've supported the project, we've once again managed to shake up the traditional watchmaking industry. We're now ready to enter the second phase: production!

500
Pieces sold

Amount of
CHF 3'031'996

Waiting list of Edition 5 - Summer 2021

If you've just jumped on the bandwagon and want to go behind the scenes with us, sign up to the waiting list. You'll enjoy full access to the whole collection and receive exclusive info about the next pre-orders!


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?

  • The chance to wear a piece of Fine Watchmaking at a price the competition can't match
  • Movement designed, manufactured and assembled entirely in Switzerland
  • Exclusive architecture and design just for the CODE41 community
  • Exclusive peripheral oscillating weight only mastered by a handful of brands
  • Price of less than 5'500 $, wheres similar pieces cost 20'000 $, and often much more
  • Finished and assembled by hand. Pure watchmaking Art

The first X41s are spreading joy !

Everything is going like a dream with the production of Edition 3. Our watchmakers are currently assembling the 297 components that make up this exceptional movement. As for the 700 pieces from the previous editions, they've already spread joy to many, despite a delay resulting from Covid-19. Some of them were even able to visit the workshops and follow the machining of their X41 movement. Pure joy !

X41 Edition 4. Perfection. Upgraded.

During the design of the very first series of the X41 project, we did everything we could to create a watch that was exceptional in every way. But for this new edition, we've raised the bar even higher with the launch of the AeroCarbon.

X41 AeroCarbon - high-density aeronautic carbon fiber

Extremely resistant and 2x lighter than titanium, carbon fiber is one of those technical materials that goes perfectly with mechanical watchmaking magic. But for our X41, we didn't want just any old carbon fiber; we wanted the best of the best. The AeroCarbon's case is made from a type of carbon fiber normally used exclusively in the aeronautics and aerospace industry. Made on demand in France, the blocks of carbon fiber are made up of over 300 layers, each positioned at 90° to the previous and then compacted under 10 bars of pressure in an autoclave oven. This process guarantees an exceptional composite 2.5 times more resistant to bending than steel. In addition, due to its high densite, the AeroCarbon is watertight without the need to add a titanium chamber, as is the case with the carbon fiber normally used in watchmaking, which is less dense and more porous.

2.5x more resistant to bending than steel

2x lighter than titanium and 4x lighter than steel

Very dense and watertight without a titanium chamber

The X41 collection

X41 - Titanium

X41 - Titanium Black

X41 - Titanium Blue

X41 - AeroCarbon Black

X41 - AeroCarbon Black

Waiting list

If you've just jumped on the bandwagon and want to go behind the scenes with us, sign up to the waiting list. You'll enjoy full access to the whole collection and receive exclusive info about the next pre-orders!


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.

X41-Style fine-watchmaking

Little series : ~50 à 1,000/year
The finishing and assembly are performed by hand.
Advantages : Exceptional pieces, quintessential watchmaking, pure watchmaking art
Disadvantages : High cost CHF 1'000 to CHF 2'500

« Standard » Manufacture

Methods of production are similar to industrial movements, but the various processes are handled by the brand. In some cases, they are simply modified industrial movement bases.
Production : ~10,000/year
Advantages : Exclusive movement
Disadvantages : High cost ~CHF 300 to CHF 800

Industrial

Automated Production : ~500,000/year
Advantages : Low cost ~CHF 30 to CHF 150
Disadvantages : Movement is used by a large number of brands


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.

Reduction in movement thickness

More transparency to showcase the mechanical beauty

A technical feat achieved by only a handful of brands

X41 Peripheral oscillating weight

Standard oscillating weight

Numbered edition

The complexity of the X41 movement, namely the fact that a large number of the processes are performed by hand, means a fairly long production period. That's why X41 watches are only produced in small, numbered series. Don't miss your chance to pre-order one of the few EDITION 4 pieces.


No risk, all rewards

Special 3-year guarantee instead of the usual 2

In the event of technical issues, your watch will be collected at our cost, and repaired as quickly as possible.

Critical components optimized for reliability over several years

Even though the X41 movement has been developed exclusively for our community, the critical components have been optimized for reliability over several years.

Servicing guaranteed even if we cease to exist

We are a young brand, and the fear that we might simply have ceased to exist in a few years is relevant! But don't worry, our partner is committed to guaranteeing all repairs and servicing, even if we run into some misfortune.

Free cancellation policy

As long as your order has not yet been dispatched, you can cancel it for free at any time.

30-day returns policy

If the X41 doesn't suit you, you have 30 days to return it for free, unused and in its original packaging.

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.

Costs and origin

Component / ProcessCost inc TaxesOrigin
Movement1'705 $Swiss
Titanium case 153 $China
Leather strap, deployment clasp31 $Italy/China
Assembly32 $Swiss
Packaging22 $China
Logistic44 $Swiss
Design & developement56 $Swiss
Total production costs2'043 $
Component / ProcessCost inc TaxesOrigin
Movement1'705 $Swiss
AeroCarbon case347 $France/Ukraine
Leather strap, deployment clasp31 $Italy/China
Assembly32 $Swiss
Packaging22 $China
Logistic44 $Swiss
Design & developement56 $Swiss
Total production costs2'237 $

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.

Direct Distribution
Minimal markups required for profitability
X41
~5'500 $
Transparence on costs
X41
~5'500 $
Traditionnal Distribution
High markups luxury market positionning
Fine Watchmaking
~20'000 $
Hidden costs
Fine Watchmaking
~20'000 $

The retail price is not the result of market positioning, but rather a direct reflection of the costs of production


Competition with the big brands

Some of you have made the very relevant comment that at these prices, we're going to find ourselves competing with the big brands. If your heart is set on a more prestigious name in the same price range, clearly we won't be able to compete with that. But if your attention is drawn above all to the object and its mechanics, then the X41 project offers unbeatable value and magic for money.

Technical information

CaseX41 Titanium : Grade 5 Titanium 43% lighter than steel
X41 AeroCarbon : AeroCarbon 2x lighter than titanium
GlassSapphire on front and back. Anti-reflective treatment
DisplayGrand Date / Hour, minute, second in center
Nighttime displayLuminova-coated hands and indices
Water resistance5 ATM. Individually tested in pressurised chamber
WeightX41 Titanium: 55 grams / 85 grams with leather strap
X41 AeroCarbon: 45 grams / 75 grams with leather strap
DimensionsDiameter: 42mm / Thickness: 11.7mm
Strap24mm lug width / Simple tool-free assembly system
Frequency28,800 turns per hour / 4[Hz]
Precision-2/+10 seconds per day
Power reserve45 hrs (when not in use)
Number of jewels33
Number of components297
RewindingAutomatic via oscillating weight. Bidirectional rewinding
PivotsTempered rolled steel. High-quality treatment that prevents premature wearing of the pivots.
Fine-tuned in 5 positionsThe precision of each movement has been tested in 5 positions. (Generally, 1 watch in 50 is tested in only 2 or 3 positions)

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

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). 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.

Why has the price gone up since the first pre-orders in March?

CODE41 isn't a brand in the traditional sense of the term, it's more of a community project. The aim is to bring enthusiasts together around a watchmaking project in order to make it a reality. Production isn't launched until a minimum number of members are supporting the project. To say thanks to these people, we offer them a launch price that just allows us to cover our costs, with no profit. The following series are offered at a "normal" price, though this price remains much, much lower than that of similar pieces

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  1. Josh Simons says:

    Your brand and aesthetic seems so forward looking and enlightened — it’s very impressive.

    Why, then, do you use leather straps? For an increasing number of people “leather” does not mean “luxury”, it means “dead animal”. If you are fully throwing off the yoke of Swiss watchmaking conventions, please reconsider this choice for future projects.

    • Valentine
      Valentine says:

      Hi Josh,
      Actually we are on that path. Laure, our product manager, is always looking for new materials that are more eco-friendly and animal-friendly. For example, we will soon release the rubber bracelet 👌🐮

  2. Owen says:

    I particularly like the titanium x41 with what I think is your signature blue bridges. Will you offer a blue strap to compliment in the summer 21 offer?

    • Maurizio
      Maurizio says:

      We zullen de voorbestellingen deze zomer lanceren.
      Als u op de wachtlijst staat, sturen wij u een e-mail om u op de hoogte te brengen van de exacte datum 😉

      Ik wens u een fijne dag!

    • Maurizio
      Maurizio says:

      Hi Matthew,

      The X41 starts at around 5’390 CHF. If you sign up to the waiting list, you will be able to see the collection. We are planning to have pre-orders this summer.
      If you are new to the community, feel free to give us a call and we would be glad to explain to you how the pre-orders work, our different projects, and more 🙂

  3. Mark says:

    Fascinating stuff I love the way watch making tech has gone totally re interested big time and currently own around 40 time pieces, probably too many as they are impossible to keep working. So far liked this unique transparency with this involvement.

    • Maurizio
      Maurizio says:

      Good morning Mark,

      Thank you for your comment. I am glad to see that you appreciate the way we do things here at CODE41.
      A bit different from the traditional watchmaking style though we really think that transparency and community involvement is the way to go.
      If you are thinking of making your 41st watch an X41 (quite an appropriate position), do not forget to sign up to the waiting list 🙂

      Wishing you a nice day,

    • Maurizio
      Maurizio says:

      Bonjour Stéphane,

      Comme vous vous êtes inscrit sur la liste d’attente pour ce projet, vous serez le premier à être informé de toute disponibilité future. Nous prévoyons une nouvelle édition pour cet été 😉

      Quel est votre modèle préféré ?
      Vous pourrez voir tous les modèles à partir de la page du projet.

      N’hésitez pas à nous contacter si vous avez des questions !

    • Maurizio
      Maurizio says:

      Merci pour votre message !
      Je me suis permis de vous inscrire sur la liste d’attente de ce projet.
      Ainsi, vous serez le premier à être informé de toute disponibilité et prix futurs.
      Je vous souhaite une bonne journée 🙂