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The First 8

D. Candaux

Timepiece Design

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. ​​​​​​​

“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.

An Inclined Calibre

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.

La Grand Pièce

A Place Where Magic Happens

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.

Dimensions & Values

Timepiece Specifications