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 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.
Asymmetrical Concave Bazel
The Hidden Telescopic Crown
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 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.
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
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.
Frequency: 21,600 rotations per hour. Gear wheel, wheels and bridges inclined at 3 degrees in relation to the plate
In order to preserve the harmonious design, there is no visible crown on the 1740.
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