We have been following the adventure of the brand for quite some time. CODE41, with attention and admiration. Having emerged under the name of “Goldgena Project” in 2016 with a communication based on Clint Eastwood in Western mode, this Swiss brand based in Lausanne has created a movement of a new type. We also had the opportunity to meet its founder, Claudio D’Amore, at Baselworld 2017 to see the first prototypes that, despite their very distinctive design, had us much more. Today we are spending real time with its flagship model called Anomaly-01.
Having “kicked the watchmaker’s anthill” by revealing the entire backstage of the environment (margins, origins, distribution, legislation, etc.) without restrictions, the brand created the label Total transparency at origin (TTO) to add transparency that the Swiss Made label cannot display. After a small name change, knowing that success awaited them, CODE41 raised 543,150 CHF on Kickstarter thanks to the Anomaly-01 and Anomaly-02 collections. A resounding success followed by the main news of this year: the first movement in the “high community watchmaking”. A manufacturing movement equipped with a peripheral mass developed by the Timeless motorist housed in a watch called X41 and offered for pre-order at less than € 5,000. A true feat that, as expected, has broken sales records for a watchmaker startup!
The Anomaly-01 collection
Imagined by Claudio D’Amore, watch designer, after collaborating with major brands such as TAG Heuer, Parmigiani Fleurier, MontBlanc, Oris, Eberhard & Co or Hautlence, it was obvious that his first collection was going to be daring: it was the perfect opportunity for unleash your creativity. The Anomaly collection, and in particular the version. Anomaly-01, he materializes his fascination with the manufacturers of high-end watches that offer watches at prices outside the reach of ordinary people. By combining the quality of Swiss manufacturing with a Japanese movement, CODE41 has managed to machine a dial that is an integral part of the automatic movement.
measurement 42 mm wide (excluding the crown) of 48.8 mm horn to horn length for a thickness of 12.8 mm, the case of this watch is decidedly designed. It has perforated horns that retain a cylindrical protuberance retained by hexagonal screws. This successful touch is strictly aesthetic because the bracelets are fixed using a quick pump system that does not require tools. the thin construction It features very geometric and outstanding lines with a brushed finish complemented with polished bezels and a large crown (7.8 mm in diameter) marked with the number “41” found in the brand logo with a Paris finish nails on the crest . The back of the case has sanded and brushed finishes and was fixed with 4 hexagonal screws like those of the crown. As expected, given the complex design shown by this CODE41 watch, it is water resistant to 5ATM – Therefore, be careful with prolonged immersion.
It is rare for a watch to show such a level of eccentricity in its sphere. Built on several levels, the bottom of the dial plays with space in 3 dimensions. With its anthracite color, the lower level acquires a Geneva Rib Finish as well as openings in the bridge screws and an open heart to integrate perfectly with the movement it covers. In addition to the main needles cut and seeded with photoluminescent material that allows a time reading in the dark, we notice the presence of 2 transparent rotating discs : a small second at 5 o’clock and a 24-hour indicator at 9 o’clock, both readable in line with the red triangles. The white railroad is divided in two, changing its style from one part to another, while the hours are marked with small grooves.
All models in the Anomaly-01 collection are animated by a automatic movement developed and manufactured by Miyota, a Japanese engine manufacturer founded in 1959 by the Citizen group. The caliber in question is an 82S7 that oscillates at 21,600 vibrations per hour, composed of 100 pieces, including 21 stones and offering 42 hours power reserve. In terms of precision, this movement deviates daily in -20 / + 40 seconds, then offers great robustness and longevity. On the configuration side, nothing could be simpler since the watch has a second stop function and the 24-hour indicator rotates along with the central axis of hours and minutes: winding in position 1 and setting time in the position 2. Obviously, the Miyota 82S7 it can be reassembled manually; between 15 and 25 full turns will suffice.
> Bracelet (s)
For bracelets, CODE41 offers 11 options ranging from a steel bracelet with a futuristic look to perforated leather to crocodile leather. For this test, we have chosen a black calfskin with perforated finish, red seams and black flap. It is a personal opinion, but it combines perfectly with the tones of the dial, while its perforations give a sporty look. This measures 24 mm wide in the center of the horn, then narrows 22 mm towards the loop. And thanks to its fast pump system, it can be replaced without tools in just a few seconds. To complete the set, this bracelet is mounted on a folding clasp. Given the design level of the rest of the watch, we would have liked to see a less standard buckle, but the result is still successful.
Our impressions on this watch
We can have the most classic tastes, the MAGIC CODE41 It operates instantly. Difficult to explain why or how, maybe this is the admiration we have had for the whole project for several years, but we see ourselves using this watch very well every day. The reactions have exploded around us and it is clearly the expected effect. Is a bold choice, it is true, but the love for watchmaking is clearly felt in this Anomaly-01. theattention to detail It is remarkable, the proportions are very good (even its 42 mm for a small doll) and the experience is complete, even in terms of packaging. In short, we love it and recommend it!
CODE41 Anomaly-01 Clock / Features
- Living place: Stainless steel / brushed and polished finish
- Width: 42mm
- Length: 49.8mm
- Thickness: 12.8mm
- Entrecorne: 24mm
- Type of glass: Flat sapphire crystal
- Bottom Box: full
- Movement: Automatic / Caliber Miyota 82S7
- Bracelet Black leather
- Buckle: Folding / Brushed Finish
- Waterproof: 5 ATMs / 50 meters
- Warranty: 2 years
AVAILABLE HERE / FROM € 768