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D. Candaux Web

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Web Presentation

Creatorz Deitz has been with David Candaux from the very start of “1740” creation, exploring creative directions and pushing conventional boundaries through its sleek design, asymmetrical conception and technical specifications. As a result, David Candaux, skilled and independent watchmaker, presents the “1740 – The First 8”. This very first version of the 1740 embodies his and ours personal vision of Fine Watchmaking, all executed with the greatest rigour and care. After creating such a remarkable timepiece, the next step was D. Candaux brand identity and brand web presentation. The idea behind the web concept and general graphical identity was to stay true to it’s core – to the Valle de Joux watch heritage and history, but presented in a contemporary manner – in a language full of emotions, mystical atmosphere and untold stories.

About D. Candaux

Story Behind

David Candaux was born and raised in the Vallée de Joux, a region renowned for its excellence in the traditional Swiss luxury and high-end watchmaking industry. Being the son and the grandson of master watchmakers, he naturally soaks up the timeless atmosphere of the timekeeping craft.

ORIGIN & TRADITION

 

 

Valle de Joux

Canton of Vaud / Switzerland

La Vallée de Joux is a valley in the southwest of the Jura mountain in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. It is composed of three main villages: Le Chenit, Le Lieu and L’Abbaye with a multiple small hamlets. The people of “La Vallée de Joux” are called the “Combiers”. When they talk about their region, they simply say: “La Vallée“ (and not “La Vallée de Joux”). The art of watchmaking in “La Vallée de Joux” back more than two centuries. It is the continuation of the iron industries represented by nailers, locksmiths, cutlers and even gunsmiths (armorers). These blacksmiths beat the iron, parallel activity essential to make up the lean products of an ungrateful and poor agriculture. It is also the skill learned by the “Combiers” in precise and repeated movements required by the faceting of precious stones (gems) and colored glass which promoting the emergence of the talented watchmakers.

 

La Grand Pièce

Le Solliat Farm-Workshop

As at the time of the first watchmakers installed in the Vallée de Joux, the farm-workshop of David Candaux serves as both place of life and work. “La Grand Pièce” is the name that was given to the farmhouse in 1850. The Capt family was one of the great watchmaking families of the Vallée, responsible for creating the “Merveilleuse”, one of the most complicated historical pocket watches. The descendant of a long line of watchmakers from La Vallée de Joux, David Candaux felt a responsibility to preserve and perpetuate perpetuate this history. When restoring the farmhouse, much of its original layout and materials were kept, including the watchmakers workbench.

 

 

 

Candaux Heritage

Candaux Watchmaking Tradition

 

 

David Candaux

Founder

As at the time of the first watchmakers installed in the Vallée de Joux, the farm-workshop of David Candaux serves as both place of life and work. “La Grand Pièce” is the name that was given to the farmhouse in 1850. The Capt family was one of the great watchmaking families of the Vallée, responsible for creating the “Merveilleuse”, one of the most complicated historical pocket watches. The descendant of a long line of watchmakers from La Vallée de Joux, David Candaux felt a responsibility to preserve and perpetuate perpetuate this history. When restoring the farmhouse, much of its original layout and materials were kept, including the watchmakers workbench.

 

D. Candaux Timepieces

The First 8 Page

The First 8 and the complete 1740 collection is enriched with asymmetrical interplay in it’s core, from the casing to the mechanism, ultimately creating a perfectly harmonious and innovative piece. Therefore, we have spent the most of our time and creativity on this page in trying to encapsulate such a concept and bring closer to a viewer. Regarding to that, we have included various technical and creative approaches, different  timepiece representations and feature description, all with a aim to show such a complexity that lays behind this timepiece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asymmetrical Interplay

Body & Soul

Asymmetrical interplay is at the core of the 1740 – The First 8’s design, from the casing to the mechanism, ultimately creating a perfectly harmonious and innovative piece. The watch face showcases the asymmetric design. The unusual face is raised at 12 o’clock and lowered at 6 o’clock, thus optimising the watch-bearer’s field of vision and making it easier to read the time. The luminous enamelled and hand-crafted surface is also easy on the eye.

 

An Inclined Caliber

1740 Calibre . Tourbillon

The aesthetic and ergonomic design based on asymmetrical proportions has in turn influenced the innovative and patent-protected conception of the movement. The technical imperatives linked to the secret crown mean that the entire gear train and bridges have been inclined at 3 degrees in relation to the plate. This reinterpretation of the standard principles of construction has impacted on the position of the bridges in relation to each other. As a result of this change, each is inclined at 3 degrees from its neighbour. They therefore reveal a general surface which is no longer uniform but cascading, highlighting even better their finish and accentuating the reflection of light. The increased refraction of light also serves to showcase the “Côtes du Solliat”, a new type of decoration elaborated by David Candaux. Wide and thus delicate to make, each band gives the subtle impression that it is made up of three different bands. The angles are all rounded by hand, which has made the creation of the 23 “inner angles” all the more complex.

Fine Wathcmaking

High-quality materials and fine finishing

1740 showcases David’s intimate vision of haute horlogerie. The First 8 is entirely designed and handmade by one of the best watchmakers in Switzerland, with the utmost respect for the tradition of the Vallée de Joux. Sober of appearance, it reinterprets the classical codes through a form design, high-quality materials and fine finishing, all carefully executed with extreme attention to detail.

Timepiece Features

Functions & Indications

 

Every Page – Different Story

The Heart & Spirit

Inspiration and feeling of Valle de Joux legacy, Haute Horlogerie, and creative burst is waved in every page of D.Candaux website. We have wanted to every page be separate chapter, to share the different emotion and present every piece of the complete story. The 1740 encapsulates David’s talent, ideas and sensitivity. Named after the year when the presence of a watchmaker was notified for the first time ever in the Vallée de Joux, this timepiece identity is coupled with the maxim “The Heart and Spirit” which, according to David Candaux, is the key to creating freely. If a timepiece is indeed meant to convey pleasure, it must have the power to bring us emotion. In this vein, research, reflection and hard work are essential. In essence, if the heart and spirit work in harmony, they can trigger a unique emotion and a little bit of magic.