In our article Watches from CODE41 – Haute Horlogerie for everyone? we have already taken a look at the Swiss watch brand CODE41. What distinguishes the young mavericks from their competitors boils down to a combination two factors: Haute Horlogerie with maximum price transparency – two terms that are rarely used in the same sentence.
Allow us to quickly recall: The centerpiece of CODE41, the X41 collection, was originally launched back in March 2019. Although the design language was very much in line with the previous models, the brand managed to take a giant leap forward from a technical POV. While the Anomaly-01 watches for instance still relied on robust, albeit inexpensive Miyota calibers, which of course also had an impact on the price, the X41 models stepped it up a notch: They make use of a self-developed, state-of-the-art automatic caliber with peripheral winding.
700 orders were already placed just after the first two pre-order campaigns. In November 2019, due to the impressive response from the watch community, a third pre-order campaign followed, closing with 450 more orders. A huge success, which proved the young company right.
Today the pre-order sale for the 4th round of the success story starts, giving those who were not fast enough in November 2019 another chance. The 15-day pre-order period gives 450 more lucky buyers the possibility to get their hands on their own X41.
Don’t be fooled into believing that this simply means that more models of the already launched X41 models will be built. No, CEO Claudio D’Amore has come up with something truly special for the fourth – and for the time being – final round: Thanks to the new AeroCarbon case material used, the latest X41 iteration will be a lightweight on the wrist while simultaneously being extremely robust.
Without digressing too much, AeroCarbon is a high tech carbon fiber that you would typically expect in the aeronautics and aerospace industry. The material is produced in specialized French factory and consists of 300 fine layers, which are compacted in an autoclave oven. The result is a composite that is 2.5 times more resistant to bending than steel while simultaneously being 4 times lighter.
It is widely known that the Swiss Made lettering on the dial is a mere farce for many people working in the Swiss watch industry, particularly those who interpret these two words in the truest sense of the word. The same is true for CODE41: With a production depth of 90%, entirely achieved in Switzerland, the company far exceeds the minimum requirement of 60%.
The reason for this astonishing rate is a firm called Timeless Manufacture, which is able to produce every component of the X41 (except for the balance spring) fully in-house. The company is located in the Swiss Jura, right in the cradle of watchmaking, and specializes in Haute Horlogerie.
Whether it is chronographs, tourbillons or Grandes Complications, Timeless Manufacture is able to craft everything that makes a watch nut’s heart beat faster. In the case of CODE41, the peripheral winding system was further developed after years of development. You have to bear in mind that this sophisticated winding system has already grinded the gears of many and only well too known watch maisons in the past, always with insufficient results: The ball bearings were always too loud, the winding too inefficient or the production too cost-intensive.
This is now the 4th edition that the CODE41 team has come up with, comprising only 450 pieces to be delivered in spring 2021. A potential fifth edition, which is just a vague idea at the moment, would under no circumstances be launched before 2022. In other words: If you don’t want to wait another 2 years for a X41, now is your chance.
If you are interested in one of the 450 X41 watches made of AeroCarbon, you can order it now under the following link (at least while stock lasts):