David Candaux 1740 “The First 8” – The heart and soul of the Vallée de Joux

May 6, 2021
4 min read

Welcome in the essence of free watchmaking from the Vallée de Joux, yet with a cutting edge eye… half a month prior, we met with quite possibly the most fascinating shocks from Baselworld 2017, the “1740 The first 8” – and obviously with its maker, David Candaux. See what hand-made and imaginative watchmaking mean!

The name David Candaux might actually stable natural to some of you, as he has been the behind-the-scene architect of some dynamite advancements, for a few unmistakable brands. He worked quite a while for Jaeger-LeCoultre and afterward, he began another profession as an autonomous development originator. In this job he was engaged with a few watch advancements, anyway consistently unknown and in the background. At the point when he was a kid, David was thinking that he would become an accomplished watchmaker just once he would plan and make his own watches, by his hands. This opportunity has arrived and, most definitely, David is an exceptionally capable watchmaker. 

His first creation as an autonomous watchmaker, the 1740, the first 8, is a surprising piece of horological resourcefulness, with lovely craftsmanship and remarkable enumerating. The vast majority of all, it is an individual work by a man who has arrived at an age where his fundamental object is to make the things critical to his heart and soul (“le coeur et l’esprit” in French, as engraved on the dial).

The name of the David Candaux 1740 is an unmistakable implication to where these watches are produced. It alludes to the year when the presence of a watchmaker has been validated out of the blue in the Vallée de Joux. On this rather special watch, the first thing to get your attention is its awry plan. Made of hand-grained pink gold, the dial is slanted, raised at 12 o’clock and brought at 6 o’clock down to make it simpler to peruse the time. It shows off-focus hours and minutes on an auxiliary polish dial with a breeze rose motif.

The watch is managed by a 30-degree slanted flying tourbillon, made in titanium and mounted on an artistic metal rollers. Its equilibrium highlights directing screws and a hairspring with Breguet overcoil. To guarantee consistent chronometry, when the force save falls under a basic level, the development naturally stops. Accuracy is a genuine concentration for David who has tried the watch with Chronofiable and plans to present his creation to COSC, to acquire the Chronometer cerificate.

Just like the dial, the development is slanted (haggles). The scaffolds are done shaping a level uniform surface yet are falling. This features their improvement and complements the impression of light on their amazing points. The development finish is undoubtedly amazing even more that the plate and extensions are made from untreated titanium, except for the little steel connect! These are enhanced with “côtes du Solliat“, another (and wonderful) kind of stripes expounded by David. The anglage and cleaning of all parts are top-notch.

The steel case is 43mm in breadth. Its smooth unbalanced plan includes a mystery retractable crown situated at 6 o’clock. It is opened by proceeding it with 3 positions. (unbiased, reset and winding). The topsy-turvy box-formed precious stone is made from sapphire. The watch is worn on a gator lash got by a pin clasp, engraved with David Candaux’s “bear” logo. David picked this creature as a logo for his image due to his single, some of the time unpleasant character – But don’t be mixed up, David is an overly well disposed individual. Notwithstanding that, he additionally blends his own lager, which is another valid justification for the Monochrome group to visit him soon in the Vallée de Joux! For more data, visit  www.dcandaux.ch .


Technical details David Candaux 1740 the first 8

  • Case: 43mm x 12.65mm–treated steel – sapphire gem – sapphire back – secret crown – water impervious to 30m
  • Movement: type 1740 – 35.00 mm x 6.20 mm – haggles slanted 3° – mechanical with manual winding – 55h power save – 21’600 vibrations/h – 47 gems – off-focus hours and minutes, focus seconds, power save sign, slanted flying tourbillon
  • Strap:  coordinated gator tie with pin buckle
  • Limitation: 8 pieces
  • Retail price: 237,800 USD