X41(November 2019): where are we?

Wondering what we’ve been up to with your X41 since you ordered in November 2019? Here’s a little news bulletin that’s certain to answer at least some of your questions.

The machining of the watches is already underway

Before assembling all of the parts of a movement, first you have to machine them. This is done through a process called milling (for the bridges and plates). It starts out as a small, square brass plate. Then, cutters and drill bits remove sections of the material in order to sculpt the final piece.

Discover how the watches are machined in the first 65 seconds of this video:

What’s the purpose of the plates and bridges?

The plate (1) is the base of the movement, as all of the other parts are placed on top of it. There’s one plate per movement. 450 plates will be produced for the X41s ordered in November.

The bridges (2):

  • hold the parts placed on the plate in place (sandwiched)
  • house the parts of a complication (Grande Date bridge)

There are 5 bridges per movement and, as with the plates, they are made from brass, decorated and colored (metal, blue or black). 2,250 bridges will be produced for this edition.

Plates and bridges in this exploded-view drawing of the X41 movement:

Next after machining: coloring

Once the bridges and plates have been machined, next comes the coloring phase. There are 2 types of coloring:

  • electroplating deposits a very fine coat of metal on a part through electrolysis (in a bath):
    • metal movement: nickel coating
    • black movement: NAC coating (platinoid alloy)
  • the CVD (Chemical vapor deposition) treatment is applied in an airtight oven in a controlled atmosphere for blue movements. This is a method of vacuum deposition for thin films. Starting from precursor gases, the substrate is exposed to one or more precursors in a gaseous state, which then react with and/or break down on the surface of the substrate, leading to the desired deposition.

Next steps

There are many different steps to come. In fact, Fine Watchmaking requires a great degree of meticulousness and precision; especially the control phases:

  • Receipt of components followed by dimensional checks.
  • Decoration and coloring of the brass (sandblasting, bead-blasting, polishing, damaskeening/Geneva stripes, diamond polishing, and chamfering).
  • Decoration and coloring of the cogs, weights and bearings.
  • Assembly T0: parts which will no longer be removable (cogwheel mounted on an axle, jewel bearing set into the plate, etc…)
  • Assembly T1: parts which are removable, assembly of the movement
  • T2: packaging.
  • Final checks

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  1. NICOLAS jean pierre says:

    Félicitations, je viens d’acquérir l’Anomaly 01, et déjà je salive sur la Day 41. Donc certainement à très bientôt, dans l’attente de consulter tous les modèles.

    • Jonas
      Jonas says:

      Nous sommes à 5390.- Il s’agit de notre propre mouvement manufacture, réalisé en petite série 100% en suisse, fini et assemblé à la main et équipé d’une masse périphérique que seules quelques marques maîtrisent . Plus d’info sur http://www.x41.watch

    • Valentine
      Valentine says:

      Bonjour Jacqueline,
      Merci pour votre message.
      Le premier prix est de 5’390 CHF. Inscrivez-vous sur notre liste d’attente pour être informé des nouvelles ventes X41.
      Bonne journée!

  2. rizzoroger@free.fr says:

    Bonjour à tous mon anniversaire que je fête le 27/06/2020 sera t elle dispo
    Superbe travail de vous ne changez rien
    Roger un de vos admirateurs

    • Valentine
      Valentine says:

      Bonjour Roger,
      Merci pour votre message.
      Je vous invite à vous inscrire sur la liste d’attente pour être averti dès qu’une nouvelle vente s’ouvrira.
      Malheureusement je ne pense pas que cela sera dans les délais de votre anniversaire de cette année 🙁

    • Valentine
      Valentine says:

      Bonjour Raymond,
      Merci pour votre message.
      N’hésitez pas à vous inscrire sur la liste d’attente pour recevoir toutes les informations en cas d’ouverture de nouvelles ventes 🙂

  3. tommytrs1@gmail.com says:

    I salute you!!
    I wish you well in your endeavours it’s nice to see a fresh approach to capitalism.
    You are taking on a big institutional base
    You will do well, your transparency is fantastic.
    Every one would agree, when selling a product we have to make a profit but to not screw the consumer is absolutely fantastic.
    This is the correct way to do business.
    .I wish you all the best in your endeavours!!!

  4. Remi Gibily says:

    Bonjour à l’équipe, je suis sur liste d’attente pour la prochaine série de X41, quant allez vous nous annoncer la bonne nouvelle pour les pré-commande de la 3 série ??
    Merci de votre réponse, cordialement remi

    • Abdel
      Abdel says:

      Bonjour Remi !
      Merci beaucoup pour votre confiance.
      Nous n’avons pas encore de date précise, cependant, nous vous invitons à suivre nos newsletters afin d’être informé de nos futurs projets ainsi que du lancement de la prochaine série X41.
      Restons à votre entière disposition:)

  5. Claudio Rosi says:

    Lavoro stupendo proprio da “Svizzeri” sono felice di aver contribuito alla realizzazione di questa bellissima impresa era una scommessa !!!!! e avete vinto …… non vedo l’ora di avere gli orologi Bravissimi

    • Abdel
      Abdel says:

      Ciao Claudio !
      Vi ringraziamo molto per la vostra fiducia e non vediamo l’ora di consegnarvi il prima possibile 🙂
      Rimaniamo a vostra completa disposizione !