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. it pushes conventional boundaries through its sleek design, asymmetrical conception and technical specifications, all executed with the greatest rigour and care.


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.

Back View

Asymmetrical Concave Bazel

The First 8 back view

Side View

The Hidden Telescopic Crown

The First 8 side view
the First 8

Le cœur et l’esprit

Heart & Spirit

The 1740 encapsulates David’s talent, ideas and sensitivity. It combines 3 patents and 8 design registrations. 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.

the First 8

“Compass rose” micro dial

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.

the First 8

the First 8

Fine Watchmaking

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.

316L Stainless Steel

rose gold

white enamel

bluing steel

sapphire glass

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.

Timepiece Features

Functions and indications

  • complexity

    separate movement components

    Frequency: 21,600 rotations per hour. Gear wheel, wheels and bridges inclined at 3 degrees in relation to the plate

  • telescopic secret crown

    separate components

    In order to preserve the harmonious design, there is no visible crown on the 1740.

  • Manual Winding

    “chronometric” power reserve

    Chronometry certified, it guarantees a power supply of 55 hours, indicated by a gauge at 12 o’clock, and which camshaft system is being patented

Technical Specification

Dimensions & Values

Technical Specification Image
Technical description
  • Gear wheel, wheels and bridges inclined at 3 degrees in relation to the plate (patent-pending design).
  • Manual-winding mechanical movement.
  • Frequency: 21,600 rotations per hour.
  • Number of jewels: 47  semi-brilliant with polished sinks rubies with solid gold settings.
  • Number of parts: 309.
  • Dimensions: 6.20 mm in depth, 35 mm in diameter.
  • Materials: Titanium plate and bridges. Titanium and blued titanium tourbillon cage.
  • Constant device bridge in polished steel.
  • Fine watchmaking workmanship: hand-crafted polished and brushed angles, Côtes du Solliat
FUNCTIONs and indications
  • Hours and minutes on a separate counter.
  • Jumping seconds from a central hand. 5-second jump (30 degrees) directly linked to the constant device.
  • Power supply indicator at 12 o’clock.
Technical specifications
  • Single-axe titanium flying tourbillon inclined at 9 o’clock: cage inclined at 3 degrees in relation to the plate, balance inclined at 30 degrees in relation to the cage.
  • Breguet-overcoil spring.
  • Constant device anchor calibrated on 5 second jumps to ensure a stable and constant energy supply of the tourbillon.
  • Guaranteed constant amplitude at 250 degrees for optimal accuracy.
  • Central background in 5N 18-carat rose gold, grained by hand.
  • 18 carat grey gold and “grand feu” white enamelled hours & minutes micro dial.
  • Black enamel pad-printed numerals.
  • Hand-polished compass points made of 18 carat grey gold.
  • Satin-finished gold flange, cellulose black varnish.
  • Hours and minutes: “syringe” shape, made of steel, shaped and polished by hand, flame-blued.
  • Central second: made of steel, shaped and polished by hand, flame-blued.
  • Power supply: inverted “syringe” shape, shaped and polished by hand, flame-blued.
  • Asymmetric-shaped.
  • 316L Stainless steel.
  • Diameter: 43 mm.
  • Total thickness: 12.65 mm.
  • Asymmetric, anti-reflective sapphire outer watch face; sapphire back, glass box-shaped.
  • Background clipped with olivette at 6 o’clock.
  • 316L Stainless steel screwed side inserts.
  • 316L Stainless steel asymmetric lugs.
  • Fine watchmaking workmanship: satin-finishing.
  • Guaranteed waterproof to 30 metres.
  • Integrated in the case.
  • Made of alligator leather, large scales.
  • Entirely hand-made.
  • 316L Stainless steel inserts.
  • Pin buckle