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The First 8 Movie

D. Candaux

Promotional Video

David Candaux, skilled and independent watchmaker, presents the “1740 – The First 8”. This very first version of the 1740 embodies his personal vision of Fine Watchmaking. 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, all executed with the greatest rigor and care After development phase, the next question came to our minds: How to present such a contemporary timepiece in it’s full glory? Our idea was to stay simple and faithful to actual 1740 high-quality building. Therefore, we wanted to go in extreme detailing with texture and material building, to present all variations in color and material finishing, and above all, to stay truly to actual timepiece look.

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 optimizing 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 Calibre

Caliber 1740 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 neighbor. 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.

“Compass Rose”

Dial & Micro Dial

The hour and minute markers are located on the right side of the watch face. These inverted “syringe” hands are manually flame-blued and the white enamel of the 18 carat grey gold micro dial is made using the traditional technique of “grand feu” enamelling. The black enamel inscription of the roman numerals and timers are pad printed. The four “compass rose” compass points are made of grey gold. The central background in 5N 18-carat rose gold is grained by hand. A plain black varnish protects the main flange in satin-finished gold.