CODE41 X41 PROJECT – Making the First Community Designed Manufacture Movement

For their second project, Switzerland based CODE41 team has decided to manufacture the first community designed mechanical watch movement.

Having disrupted the Swiss Made label somewhat with their policy of total transparency, CODE41 has now decided to turn their attention to Haute Horlogerie, by offering an exclusive manufacture movement with Grande Date and peripheral weight, all for a surprisingly affordable cost.

With this new project, CODE41 brings a unique opportunity to take part in the development of the first community-designed movement in order to produce a timepiece that showcases the most in-depth watchmaking expertise, all for an unbeatable price. Each component is machined on demand in Switzerland, exclusively for the CODE41 community. The finishing touches and assembly are carried out by hand. The time is read directly on the movement, without a dial, to highlight the magic of these mechanical sculptures.

The peripheral oscillating weight fitted to the X41 movement is a symbol of the genuine technical feats achieved by only a handful of brands. It allows a reduction in thickness and more transparency compared to a standard weight. 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 and handling the finishing (hardening and polishing) of the components of the ball bearing in-house, in order to guarantee perfect dimensions and finishing.

In designing the faceted look of the X41 movement’s bridges, Claudio D’Amore has created an innovative and yet recognizable esthetic that stands out from traditional Fine Watchmaking designs.

The technical design of the case contrasts with the fineness of the details. The chambered construction and the cylinders on the lugs bring character and originality to this new CODE41 model. It remains in keeping with the highly-regarded ANOMALY collection, which has already accumulated close to 10,000 sales.

At a rate of one chapter per month since April 2018, the CODE41 community, now made up of a staggering 200,000 members, has been invited to give their opinion on the development of the X41 project. As well as votes on esthetic decisions, the members have also opted for automatic rewinding, the addition of a Grande Date feature, and for the case to be made from titanium.

The prototypes are now in production, and the launch date for pre-orders has been set for March 12, 2019. Over the course of 30 days, CODE41 members will be able to order one of the 500 X41 watches in this special “Creator Edition” series. Delivery is scheduled for December 2019.

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.

Supporting the X41 project during pre-orders grants the following benefits:-
– Become a Creator Member of the X41 Project
– Obtain a numbered piece marked CREATOR EDITION
– The chance to visit the workshops during production
– Enjoy a launch price much lower than the future price
– Enjoy a special 3-year guarantee instead of the usual 2 years

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.

With their TTO label, standing for Total Transparency on Origin, CODE41’s entire approach is based around transparency. Here are the production costs and origin of each component and each process.

Component, Process Cost and Origin
Movement: 1,650 CHF / 1,455€ – Swiss
Titanium case, transparent back: 130 CHF / 115€ – China
Leather strap, deployment clasp: 30 CHF / 26€ – Italy/China
Assembly: 30 CHF / 26€ – Swiss
Packaging: 25 CHF / 22€ – China
Total ex-Tax: 1,865 CHF / 1,644€

In 2016, CODE41 disrupted the hushed world of watchmaking by offering total transparency on development, costs and origin. Relying on a solid and enthusiastic community, an initial
“crowd-funding” drive allowed them to raise the amazing sum of 543,150 CHF at the end of 2016. There are now more than 200,000 members contributing to this incredible adventure with the ambition of creating high-quality watches at fair prices.

Technical details

X41 Movement
Number of components: 297
Number of jewels: 33
Frequency: 28,800 turns per hour / 4[Hz]
Precision: -2/+10 seconds per day
Power reserve: 42H
Crown functions: 1) Manual rewinding 2) Quick date alteration 3) Setting the time
Rewinding: Automatic by peripheral weight. Bidirectional rewinding
Display: Hour, minute, second in the center, Grande Date at 12 o’clock
Night display: Luminova on hands and indices
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)

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