Code41 Anomaly-01

Impressive, magnificent, mysterious… if the Code41 Anomaly-01 watch industry had its way we’d all think of the average automatic timepiece as some esoteric, near-magical artefact that costs the world to own. The thing is, the industry as a whole has more in common with the Wizard of Oz than anything genuinely miraculous.

Yet once you’ve peeked behind the curtain just a little bit, it’s hard to forget what you’ve seen and to realise that, if the watch world were just a little more transparent, you might start wondering why your precious wrist candy actually costs so much. The guys behind CODE41 certainly did, and their discoveries spurred them to create the most transparent watch company in the world.
This being the watch world I have to clarify that I don’t mean a collection of full sapphire cases here. The aim of Lausanne-based Code41 Anomaly-01 watch is to offer high-quality mechanical watches at a fair price, while revealing precisely where that money goes. It’s a tall order, trying to upset as big and powerful a ship as the watch industry, but so far they’ve hit it like a torpedo.

After a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2016, the first CODE41 models hit on 8 November 2017 – an impressive collection, titled ANOMALY-01, of masculine yet elegant automatic watches at extremely affordable price points. So far, so good, though not exactly revolutionary. That came in 2018 with the inception of Project X41.
Sure it sounds like a UFO crash site, but the ideas behind Project X41 are far less outlandish than that. In fact, those ideas are positively down to earth – if you don’t intimately know the watch world.

Code41 Anomaly-01 watch wanted to create a watch where telling the time was just a pretext to highlight the finest tenets of true watchmaking. After all, anything can tell the time; true horology goes well beyond that.
For Project X41 that meant an in-house, skeletonised movement; unique dial architecture; an exclusive peripheral rotor and the finest watchmaking materials. That’s a tall order for any big watchmaker; for a microbrand like CODE41, it’s bordering insanity. Yet that’s not all.

I’ve seen similar-looking watches go for upwards of £15,000 and be considered good value for money. Often that involves paying for the brand name, sure, but even then skeletonised manufacture movements aren’t exactly cheap. The Project X41 cost just £5,390.
That sounds too good to be true, right? You’d be right to be sceptical nine times out of ten. This though is the one exception. If you want proof, it’s there in writing. Go onto any product page on the CODE41 website and you can easily find the company’s ethos of “total transparency”, with each major part of the watch listed with its cost price and country of origin.

The costs are actually similar to what any fine watch would be; the difference is what CODE41 does with it afterwards. There are minimal mark-ups compared to the brands that would position themselves in the luxury sector and there’s no traditional distribution, cutting overheads and therefore the mark-ups retailers would need. The result is a price that better reflects how much the watch is actually worth, without paying for billboard adverts, TV slots and A-list celebrity sponsorships.
It’s a peek behind the curtain that will seriously get you thinking about how much you’re willing to pay for your dream watch. I’m not saying you shouldn’t invest more for a timepiece you feel you need in your life (I certainly have, plenty of times), but just that you don’t necessarily need to.

Still, all this would be a moot discussion if the end result was hideous. Fortunately, Project X41 looks the part. The skeletonised dial is magnificent, held together by big, architectural bridges that stop it getting too much for the eyes to handle. Flip the watch over and it’s just as “X”-ceptional (sorry). The reverse is dominated by X-shaped bridges, flawlessly machined and finished and, thanks to the peripheral rotor, perfectly visible too.
Visually that’s a small concession, but it means a huge amount for the price, clocking in at £1,075 for the starting model. The finishing and quality are as high as you would expect, but just in a more streamlined creation.

As I said at the beginning, the watch industry is full of mystery and wreathed in esoteric terminology like smoke. For some of us, that’s OK, it’s all part of the magic show. However, others can’t rest until they’ve discovered those tricks for themselves. For those insatiable shatters of the grand illusion, they’ll find a kindred spirit in CODE41.

Code41 Anomaly-02

I’m back with more good stuff from Code41 Anomaly-02 , a watch microbrand that I have grown to love simply because they make really cool looking and well built watches. I have already taken a close look at the Anomaly 01 on this blog, so much of this review will be in comparison to that model. Now, why would I review a watch so similar to one I have already reviewed. Well, it’s not as similar as you would expect, and some might call the Anomaly 01 a risky design, while this is there more sober and dressier model. And with that in mind, I believe it deserves its own review!
I have already described the very satisfying unboxing of a CODE41 watch in the other review, yet this one had me one the edge of my seat once more. Same packaging, same feel, the same satisfaction.

The Anomaly 02 has the same weight and case as the other model, but with a different dial and a different strap (i wanted to try their leather straps this time). And even though I am used to wearing the 01 model, i couldn’t help myself examining the case and its cool details.

When i see a watch for the first time, I can’t help but look for mistakes and flaws, whether it’s misaligned dial, flaws in the metal finishes, residue on the hands, grainy or incomplete printing and lume, misaligned crown, bad AR coating and misaligned date wheel. This watch has none of these flaws! Even my Breitling Headwind has a slightly misaligned bezel!

The only small disappoint i have with the anomaly 02, and the 01, is the longevity of the lume. But since they are dressy/sporty watches, I can forgive them for that.
Like the 01 model, the Anomaly 02 is held together by the same beautiful watch case. Slightly 70s inspired with a sporty, industrial and futuristic touch. They did a great job playing around the brushed and polished metal finishes. I forgot to mention this in my last review, but the case also has a beat blasted finish on the underside of the case (not case back) and in the engraved stripe between the lugs.
The finished feels and looks great, the angled edges of the case are clean, but not too sharp or dull, giving your finger something truly satisfying to brush over.
I love the spacers at the end of the lugs, making sure the strap isn’t too wide while keeping a nice straight line from the side of the case and down to the lugs. The case’s shape actually gives the illusion that it isn’t a straight line, but sure enough, it is!
The crown features the same delightful triangular pattern, that doesn’t really grip your fingers well, but sure looks great. Perhaps it is because that part of the crown is polished. A polished beveled edge leads you to the flat, circular brushed side of the crown where a deeply engraved CODE41 logo sits proudly.
The sapphire crystal usually doesn’t get its own heading, but they Anomaly 02’s crystal really deserves it. It’s big, flat and reveals a beveled edge that plays with the light when is rotated. It sits slightly above the bezel, but the beveled edge makes sure it’s not just a block cylinder sticking up from the watch.

But that is just a small part of the reason why I am so satisfied with the crystal. The AR coating on this bad boy is very well done, which is very important when you have such a big and low contrast dial! Don’t get me wrong, I have seen many watches in this price rangewith the same quality of AR coating, but it isn’t always the case!
CODE41 kept many of the design elements from the 01 model for the Code41 Anomaly-02 , although this dial is much more clean. The outer ring has the same lozenge shaped cut-outs and the hour and minute hands are also the same. Everything else is different from their model, but they still kept the design consistent and the same level of precision and quality brushed finish. Everything is perfectly centered and every element is aligned with the lume indices.

The middle of the dial has a cool engraved pattern, made with tiny lozenges, that creates a nice contrast by reflecting light. One downside to that is that when you look straight at the watch, in certain light condition, it reflects so much light that the hands becomes slightly harder to see. Luckily, the lume on the hands makes sure you can still tell the time and you will probably turn the watch anyway, to admire the dial and forget about the time completely.
As the Code41 Anomaly-02 design book dictates, their can’t be complete circles in the dial, and this is also reflected with the lume indices and the outer ring of the dial. Only half the dial has the circle connecting the indices and the outer ring stops between 10 and 12 o’clock. This gives the watch even more of a unique sporty personality.

The date window is cut out from the dial with a nice beveled edge and the date is well centered with crisp printing. I like that they choose a white on black date wheel, which is something many dive watches with black dials gets wrong.
The hour and minute hands are lovely polished skeleton sword like hands, with a 3D effect that is simply adore! Ilove the way they start flat, then goes up at a 45 degree angle, and then bends to become flat again. Crisp lume and perfect finish, no complaints there.

The seconds hand is a very basic baton hand with a small “tail”, with black paint in the middle. It’s simplicity makes sure that the two other hands gets all the attention, while still showing you that this watch ticks away at 28.800 beats per hour! I choose to go with the perforated black leather strap with the red stitches on the side. It gives the watch a slightly sportier feel, while still remaining dressy. A red dot on the tip of the seconds hand would have been a really nice touch to compliment this strap. The strap feels great and is very supple from the get go, hugging your wrist immediately without any “pre-ending”. It’s nice and thick, smells great, and will keep looking great thanks to the signed butterfly clasp that it comes with. I really like these push button clasps on leather straps, because it gives the watch a more luxurious feel and helps keep the strap in better condition by avoiding excessive bending when putting it on.

Like with the Anomaly 01, the Code41 Anomaly-02 is a striking watch, with great wrist presence and a very satisfying feel to it. Whether you like the design or not, it sure is unique and nothing like any other watch i have seen. And if you fall in love with the design and decide to buy it, you will fall in love again once you open it and feel the quality of the watch!

This watch is so fun to wear in any situation, even at fancier events that requires shirt and tie, and truly stand out in the vast sea of generic looking watches. It gets more attention than a Rolex Submariner, without being pretentious, and will leave people wondering if they can afford it or not. The answer is most often “yes”!

I highly advise you to go check out their website here! It has tons of information about the brand and the journey that took them to where they are, as well as other striking watches!

Code41 X41 Titanium

When I first came across CODE41, the CODE41 X41 AeroCarbon had my immediate attention. Here was a watch that – on paper – offered considerably more technical watchmaking and engineering prowess than its price point competitors. CODE41 coupled this value proposition with a promise of increased transparency, lifting the veil on costs to give potential buyers more insight on how much manufacturing watches actually costs.
The CODE41 X41 Edition 5 is the latest and so far greatest model for CODE41, maintaining the same sci-fi appearance that befits its futuristic watchmaking whilst incorporating some improvements from the older generations. The most obvious of these are the new colour options for the AeroCarbon model, with either a sleek grey giving a tad more contrast to the overall stealthy look of the watch, or a steely blue that transports the look of the “dial” into even more of a spaceship vibe. Although the AeroCarbon is twice as light as the titanium models, the new Grade 5 titanium cases are themselves 43% lighter than steel, as well as being more scratch-resistant and generally tougher than the previous Grade 2 iterations.
All of this weight saving lends itself to a more wearable watch than previously, with a 42mm diameter and 11.7mm thickness assisted by a short lug-length to fit nicely on the average wrist, with ample room to spare for those with smaller or larger tastes. The titanium version weighs just 85g on a leather strap, with the AeroCarbon coming in at 75g. Better still, the watch now offers 100 metres of water resistance – not bad going considering that many pieces of this complexity tend to only carry 30-50 metres.
While the sharply modern look of the watch will appeal to many without further explanation, it would be remiss to not first discuss the skeletonised movement that forms the entirety of the dial. As with the previous generations, the movement is produced by Timeless Manufacture, based out of the Jura Mountains in Switzerland. There’s not a whole lot of information out there about who they supply, although as we can see from their Instagram full of delectable macro photography, the level of engineering and finishing in these movements is impressive. Personnel of the company includes Dominique Renaud, co-founder of the legendary Renaud & Papi who worked alongside brands the likes of Richard Mille, IWC, and Audemars Piguet, as well as Pierre Favre, whose experience encompasses over 20 years with Patek Philippe, plus various projects for Jacob & Co. and Girard-Perregaux. Clearly, this is a company with high-horology associations where it counts.
The movement itself carries some impressive specifications, as you’d expect from the expertise involved, with 297 components and 33 jewels working in harmony at 28,800 vibrations per hour to provide an accuracy within -2/+10 seconds per day, and a power reserve of 45 hours. From a shot of the sapphire caseback, you may assume that the watch is manually-wound, however it actually uses a peripheral winding rotor that keeps the movement thin and attractive, as well as showing off more of the technical prowess within the walls of Timeless Manufacture.
As far as the looks go, the X41 is quite versatile for such an extreme design. The Titanium Grey version, for example, is clean and neutral, and it’s easy to imagine wearing it in an everyday context without strange clashes or trouble reading the time. The AeroCarbon Grey on the other hand is a pinnacle of sportiness, with red accents on the tips of the hands and rally-strap stitching making the charcoal case look even darker. The criss-crossing bridges of the movement are all angled away from each other, playing with the light in different ways and scattering it across all of the visible moving components in a diverting way. The barriers between case, dial, and movement have been removed, giving the whole watch a nicely integrated appearance.
Prices for the X41 begin at $5443 USD for the Titanium model and $5948 USD for the AeroCarbon and, as to be expected from CODE41, we can see the entire cost breakdown of each of the watch’s components. The movement alone directly from Timeless Manufacture is $1705USD, and the cases are manufactured in China.
Even though the watch outstrips the 60% Swiss requirement for the “Swiss Made” label to be printed – it actually has 90% Swiss origins – CODE41 choose to ignore the prestigious tag as a statement against its misleading nature that promotes an environment of secrecy within watch brands. If you want to secure an CODE41 X41 Edition 5, visit the CODE41 site and project page here.

Code41 DAY41 37mm

Following the great success of the first two editions of the fabulous DAY41 project (3,019 pieces sold for a total of 1,646,520 CHF!), many of you have been asking whether a new series would ever see the light of day.

Your wish is our command, and pre-orders for the DAY41 Edition 3 are now open. If you haven’t had the chance to pre-order your model so far, get a move on; they’re only here until November 4 2021!
CODE41 is more than just a brand, it’s a movement, human-powered watchmaking. The aim is to devise the creation of a watch as an extraordinary adventure to which everyone can contribute.

The DAY41 Edition project is a result of the direct impetus of our female community. After 8 months of voting and passionate debates, we’ve ended up with a unique result that goes against the flow of traditional watchmaking: a watch that reveals all that is within thanks to its entirely skeletal movement, allowing the wearer to contemplate its beauty.

One distinctive feature that will thrill lovers of detail: you can admire your DAY41 from every angle, thanks to the transparent caseback made from sapphire crystal.

In short: an immaculate, elegant mechanical piece that looks perfect on any wrist, female and male alike!
Despite a background of difficulties in production and delivery linked to Covid, all of the DAY41 Edition Creator Editions and Edition 2s have reached their owners safe and sound.

For that matter, you might be wondering how your timepiece arrives at its destination. Relive the adventure of the first DAY41 deliveries – carried out in person by our teams – as if you were actually there, and additionally discover what the first Creator members think!
Mechanical watches are traditionally the exclusive domain of men. Thanks to the participation of thousands of women, and heightened creativity, the DAY41 project shows that they too are fond of raw, machined, mechanical designs.

In fact, the case is simple and elegant, while both its lugs and its chambered structure lend it a strong, specific, recognizable esthetic. The openwork dial becomes an extension of the movement, allowing the mechanical magic to shine through.

\\So that the DAY41 can adapt to any size of wrist (men’s or women’s), it is available in 37mm and 40mm sizes. 5 color variants are available for the 37mm version, including one set with diamonds, and 3 variants for the 40mm. In addition, a wide range of straps is available to suit all tastes, including our R41 rubber strap, available in a wide range of colors! Our straps feature an ingenious system that allows you to change your style quickly, easily, and with no need for tools, in just a few seconds. The collection consists of a diverse selection of leather, steel, flax and rubber straps. And the icing on the cake? All of our straps are fitted with a deployment clasp with push buttons! It quite simply is the best there is :).

Code41 DAY41 40mm

CODE41’s DAY41 concept started in June 2019 with an idea for a new women’s’ watch collection. CODE41 decided to let their community vote on each step of the project, starting with the choice of movement, and then moving on to the case size, type of dial, and strap material and color. Designing a timepiece that would be a true reflection of what women want, instead of what men think they want.
Surprisingly, 70% of the votes were for an automatic movement – when the vast majority of women’s watches on the market are quartz – proving that women are also sensitive to the beauty of mechanical movements. They also opted for a 37mm case size and five different dial and strap executions. But what was also interesting about the voting process was that numerous men were also voting and expressing interest in this particular design. Thanks to this interest, the brand decided to add a second, 40mm, size to offer a truly unisex collection so that everyone can enjoy the DAY41.
The first edition of the DAY41 ended up selling 1,941 pieces for a total of 2,185,345 CHF during the pre-order period (January 29 to February 28, 2020). The sales came from all around the world and were pretty evenly split between women, 42%, and men, 58%.
With over 9,000 people already on the waiting list, the race to own the CODE41 DAY41 Edition 2 will be even crazier than the first time around! The DAY41 is powered by the Swiss STP6-15 automatic movement that comes with a bi-directional rewinding rotor and a 44-hour power reserve when not in use. The movement is visible through the scratch-resistant sapphire glass on the case back.
There is a wide choice of straps including three eco-friendly straps made from recycled leather, flax, and even a paper one. The DAY41 is fitted with the brand’s easy-change system, which means you can change your strap at home, without the need for any tools. And last but not least, the straps are fitted with a three-blade deployment buckle with pushers to open it for simplicity and ultimate comfort.
Where CODE41 really shows us just how different they are from other watch brands is in their total transparency. The price of each watch is based on the production cost and not the highest price the brand thinks it can sell its watch for. The cost of each component, from the steel case to the movement to the assembly is detailed on the brand’s website along with its country of origin. The total cost of production including all taxes is freely communicated as well as the multiplier applied to reach the sales price.
As long as your order has not been shipped cancellation is free. Once you receive your CODE41 watch you have 30 days to think about if you want to return it or you just can’t live without it. There is even a 2-year guarantee so in the event of any issues CODE41 will collect your watch and repair any technical problems at their expense, committing to returning the watch to your wrist as fast as possible.

Code41 X41 AreoCarbon Black

CODE41 built its brand by combining the best of traditional watchmaking with avant-garde materials and design, bringing these worlds together at surprisingly affordable prices. For just $5,740, the CODE41 X41: Edition 4 offers the best of high-end watchmaking — custom Swiss movement, including a peripheral rotor and Grande date complication, exceptional materials, artisanship, and finishing, and the kind of attention to detail that defines the best of Swiss watchmaking — all at a fraction of the usual cost.
CODE41 launched its brand in 2016 and has been community-driven since its inception. It is a brand created and driven by enthusiasts. Customers are involved in each step of the process, from manufacturing to strategy to logistics. Customers can even vote and provide feedback throughout the design and manufacturing process.
Just released for preorder, the CODE41 X41: Edition 4 builds upon the success of the X41: Edition 3 through the addition of an AeroCarbon case. Why AeroCarbon? Because CODE41 is all about pushing the boundaries of what is possible in horology. AeroCarbon is used exclusively in the aeronautics and aerospace industry for good reason: It’s half the weight of titanium and exhibits 2.5x the resistance to bending than steel. In other words, this is no simple composite case. Specially produced and manufactured in France, the production of AeroCarbon requires 300 ultra-thin layers, each laid perpendicular to the last, and compacted with 10bars of pressure in an autoclave. The result is a case material that is extremely dense, lightweight, watertight, and strong — everything you want in a watch case.
The 42mm AeroCarbon case of the X41 sets the stage, but the dial is the star of the show. The X41 features a skeletonized dial that puts the custom movement on full display. Complementing the black AeroCarbon case, the movement is supported by aggressive, angular elements and surrounded by a deeply engraved chapter ring that features luminous hour markers. The skeletonized theme continues to a luminous handset, adding nighttime legibility. At 12 o’clock, a grand date complication takes center stage, the two date wheels moving harmoniously to provide instant legibility that merges seamlessly with the watch’s design language.
When young brands launch, rarely, if ever, do they do so with a completely custom movement. But CODE41 isn’t just another brand. To produce the movement for the X41, CODE41 partnered with Timeless, one of the top Swiss movement manufacturers that produces all its movement components in-house, with the exception of the balance wheel. In the case of the X41, the Geneva-based design group produced a movement with a peripheral rotor — a feature found only in a handful of brands, on a select few models costing many times that of the X41. Peripheral rotors are incredibly difficult to perfect due to challenges with the precision-machining required to produce the components. After several years of development, the X41 nailed process, and the result is a high-precision automatic movement that beats at 28.8kbph, features 33 jewels, Incabloc shock absorption, and a 45-hour power reserve. To ensure accurate timekeeping, each movement is regulated in five positions prior to delivery.
One of the concerns with custom movements is the availability of parts and service in the future. Code 41 addressed this issue from the inception of the movement, producing an extensive inventory of spare parts and working with Timeless to ensure continuity of service and parts well into the future, even if the worst were to happen to your CODE41.
The “Swiss Made” label, once a source of pride in watchmaking, has become muddied by the vague requirement to attain the label: 60% of the value of the watch must come from Switzerland. As a result, many brands obfuscate the origins of materials, components, and manufacturing, devaluing the Swiss Made label. CODE41 watches easily exceed that 60% requirement, with 90% of the value coming from Switzerland. Despite earning the designation, Code 41 eschews the “Swiss Made” label and instead opts for full transparency, listing the cost and origin of each component used in the manufacture of its watches.

The X41 exemplifies the best of high-end Swiss watchmaking, but this only matters if the watch is a joy to wear. With a 42mm case, 48mm lug-to-lug distance, and a featherweight 45-gram weight (72 grams with leather strap), the X41 will be exceptionally comfortable, day in and day out. The X41 is available on a selection of quick-change leather straps and ships in a custom box. Simply put, with the Code41 X41 AeroCarbon, Code41 is offering true haute horology at a fraction of the cost. The X41 starts at $5,740. Visit CODE41’s website to pre-order the X41: Edition 4.

Code41 NB24 Titanium

When you observe the collective offerings across conglomerate brands, many of the watches you find are familiar takes on the same old formats and profiles. This has opened some room for micro-brands to rise and introduce watches with more striking aesthetics – bringing refreshing and distinct timepieces to market that often deliver incredible value for the consumer. One such up-and-coming brand, Code41 NB24 Titanium, are quickly making a name for themselves by making complex case designs with heavily re-worked and regulated movements at highly accessible price points. Now they’ve released a new chronograph in two head-turning variations: the CODE41 NB24 Chronograph Creator Edition.
According to CODE41: “The NB24 encapsulates the story of our ambassador Nigel Bailly and his dream of taking part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. When this young paraplegic driver shared with us his passion and determination in 2017, we were immediately drawn in and decided to accompany him in his adventure. After three years of relentless work, Nigel will take part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2021, thus proving that nothing is impossible.”
The CODE41 NB24 Chronograph Creator Edition is available in two case materials: grade 5 titanium and a high density aeronautical carbon fibre called AeroCarbon. Excluding the strap/bracelet, the grade 5 titanium version has a case that weighs 78g while the AeroCarbon case is even lighter weighing 64g. These notably lightweight builds belie the watches’ robust nature. Both are shockproof and also water-resistant up to 100 metres – more than ready for daily wear. They are each the same size, with a case diameter of 42mm and case thickness of 13.7mm.

The majority of the watch is satin-brushed on the grade 5 titanium models, but the AeroCarbon models have a carbon-fibre texture on the front of the case that breaks as you reach the sloped lugs and caseband – taking on a a more matte blasted finish. You will find the start/stop chronograph pusher at the 2 o’clock position, reset pusher at the 4′ position with the crown placed at the standard 3′ position in between two pushers. Both cases have a hairline polish that surrounds the bezel and sloped scalloped lugs that pair well with the futuristic aesthetic of the dial.
Underneath the sapphire crystal, the dial is open-worked and really gives off a technical aesthetic that gearheads and watch enthusiasts will love. In terms of complications, the date can be found above the the sixth hour index and the chronograph is comprised of an elapsed minutes disc at 3 o’clock and the central seconds hand. At 9′ is a running seconds disk that indicates the running seconds.

The discs rotate, with the adjacent triangles placed to signal the number to read from the disc. When the chronograph is in use, the elapsed minutes disc will rotate one increment every 60 seconds to indicate the passage of a minute. The running seconds disc will continually rotate, making one full rotation every 60 seconds. In terms of colour configurations, there are four to choose from in each case metal – resulting in eight configurations (excluding the various straps available).

The discs and hands are not the only thing that rotate on the dial. Around the outer edge, behind the stepped outer minute ring, is the peripheral rotor which means you can see the mass self-winding the watch from the dial side of the watch.
There is a wide selection of straps (or even a titanium bracelet) to pair your selected watch with to match your taste. The leather straps come in three different styles, and in multiple colours – calf leather, perforated calf leather, and calf leather with alligator pattern (each fastened to the wrist with a case tone matching deployant clasp).

The good news, if you can’t narrow it down to only one, you can actually purchase extra straps as add-ons so that you have multiple looks to play with upon receiving the watch. As always, I would suggest buying the watch on a bracelet if you think you might want it because it is a little bit more expensive to purchase as an add-on versus selecting it as your main strap option with the watch. Fortunately the tool-free quick assembly strap system makes swapping looks hassle-free. The bracelet is available in both satin-brushed titanium for the Grade 5 Titanium cases and matte-black PVD treated titanium to match the AeroCarbon versions of the watch. Both have links secured by a pin and collar system, and can be sized by any watchmaker (or even yourself if you have the right tools).
The automatic chronograph movement is on full display thanks to the sapphire-crystal exhibition caseback and peripheral rotor that results in an unobstructed view. It is based on the renowned Valjoux 7750, but is highly customised by CODE41 movement partner Concepto who specialises in working with this chronograph caliber. The cam-driven chronograph movement has a total of 326 components, 35 jewels, and is regulated to a highly accurate +/- five seconds per day. Some of the bridges have satin-brushed edges that frame a really cool scalloped portion with a frosted texture, somewhat reminiscent of what you would find on a Grönefeld watch. They also feature nicely executed machined chamfers for added elegance. A nice touch, in terms of the movement decoration and aesthetic, is the peripheral rotor and bridges are treated to take on the same colour as the dial configuration. Most brands would have left it finished in a neutral color to match all configurations, but CODE41 really works to ensure it is a personalised offer.

Code41 NB24 AeroCarbon

In today’s article, I’m stoked to introduce the new Code41 NB24 AeroCarbon Edition 2 Chronograph from Swiss watch microbrand, CODE41.
For those unfamiliar with the brand, CODE41 was founded in 2016, with the Anomaly-01 being its debut model. Since then, the brand has gone from strength to strength by introducing impressive models, including the intricate X41 that first featured a movement exclusive to the brand, as well as its first chronograph model – the NB24 – earlier this year. 1380 pieces of the NB24 were sold, a clear testament to the strength of its eminently striking design.
Make no mistake – the Code41 NB24 AeroCarbon is an impressive watch. For one, the skeletonised dial has depth and complexity reminiscent of watches triple, if not quadruple its price point (notably the Hublot Aerofusion Black Magic). The watch is also available in either Grade 5 titanium or AeroCarbon (high-density aerospace carbon fiber), exotic materials that the brand states reflects the robust nature of the watch.
The Code41 NB24 AeroCarbon is powered by a variant of Concepto’s cal.2000 (which is based on the tried-and-true Valjoux 7750 movement) that is exclusive to the brand. While not the biggest manufacturer around, Concepto chronograph movements can be found all across the Swiss watchmaking industry in watches such as the recently released Breitling Datora. Here, CODE41 heavily reworks the Concepto movement by shifting the totalisers, redesigning the bridges, and most impressively includes a peripheral rotor that is visible on the dial – a feature mostly seen only in watches at a much higher price point. Interestingly, CODE41 states that integrating a peripheral rotor alone accounts for 1/3 of the watch’s cost. The brand also claims that “all of the components, except for the mainspring and the jewels, are produced in-house”, though I assume by that CODE41 means produced in-house by Concepto since the brand doesn’t have any manufacturing capabilities, at least to my knowledge.
The movement itself comprises a staggering 326 components, 35 jewels, and is cam-powered. CODE41 states that all movements are tested in 5 positions to ensure a timekeeping of +/- 5 seconds per day. Like the standard Valjoux 7750, the movement in the NB24 has a power reserve of 48 hours and beats at 28,800 bph (4 Hz).
Furthermore, CODE41 drops the Swiss-made label, which the brand says is often misleading and a mere marketing gimmick. For a watch to be deemed Swiss-made, at least 60% of its components must be from Switzerland, including its movement. However, most Swiss-made watches feature main components (case, hands, dial, etc) from China as costs as simply lower. In contrast, CODE41 claims that almost 85% of the components of the NB24 are Swiss in origin, and even provides a full breakdown of the provenance of the major components and their respective costs on its website – something the brand calls a TTO (total transparency origin) label.
I think the Code41 NB24 AeroCarbon is a winner – it’s undoubtedly one of the best chronographs at the US$5,000 price point, especially if you’re looking for one with a skeletonised dial. The multi-layered dial looks stunning, and exudes a refined sense of sportiness. Being available in either titanium or AeroCarbon, the NB24 will wear light on the wrist, further reinforcing its rugged nature. And at 42mm wide and 13.7mm thick, it will fit most wrists, and should be slim enough to slide under a shirt cuff. Nevertheless, the most outstanding aspect of the watch has to be its modified Concepto movement, with the peripheral rotor in particular being the ace up its sleeve.
Its value proposition is also bolstered by the lack of direct competition. The closest alternative I can think of is the Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Chronograph, but that’s twice the price despite using a regular stainless case. It’s also rather large at 45mm, and lacks the peripheral rotor of the NB24.
In other words, the Code41 NB24 AeroCarbon is a stellar openworked chronograph that is great bang-for-buck – I can’t wait to see one in person when production models ships.

Code41 Anomaly Evolution

Take the signature design of the ANOMALY-01, add the date display and Swiss movement of the ANOMALY-02, and out comes the new ANOMALY Evolution.

CODE 41’s latest watch is the logical evolution of the Anomaly series that started it all for the Swiss newcomer brand in 2016. After almost five years on the market and over 15,000 pieces sold, Code41 Anomaly Evolution has now combined the strengths of the two collections to create what is arguably the best ANOMALY watch ever to date.

The novelties are now available for pre-order. You can find the link here: to the Code41 Anomaly Evolution .
If you ignore the dial for a second, you might think that the ANOMALY-01 & -02 watches are one and the same model. In fact, both cases rely on the same futuristic and almost industrial-looking design language.
The ANOMALY-01, however, presents itself much more extroverted and loud, not least due to the partially skeletonized dial and the somewhat unconventional time display. Inside the case, you find the Japanese automatic caliber Miyota 82S7, which gets the job done without any problems, but – to put it casually – is nothing special.

The ANOMALY-02, on the other hand, relies on a much more reserved and conservative appearance, but boasts a date complication and an improved performance (due to the Swiss ETA 2824 used). Those who wanted a mix of both have been put off so far, though.
This changes with the new Code41 Anomaly Evolution models, whose cases are available in either 38mm or 41.5mm diameter. However, these not only combine the elements of the predecessor references, but also add some improvements to them, which were developed in cooperation with owners of the 01 and 02 versions.

In general, the workmanship of the case is impeccable for a watch in this price range. The corners and edges have a pleasant touch to them, but are still worked sharply enough to clearly accentuate the boundaries between the different surfaces.
The hexagonal lug screws seen here definitely help the watch look more “tooly”, but are only decorative in nature. For an on-the-fly strap change, CODE41 has equipped the leather straps with quick-change spring bars instead.

To achieve a snugger fit, the case height has been reduced by 1.5mm compared to its predecessor, resulting in a new case height of around 11mm. Sure, that may not sound like much at first, but on the wrist the watch now wears significantly less top-heavy. Despite the flatter case, CODE41 has also managed to make the watch more durable. Thanks to a reinforced (although not screw-down) new crown, the Anomaly Evolution is water resistant to 100m.
If the dial of the ANOMALY-02 line was too plain for you, then you might be a fan of this new edition’s revised dial. This is because it is worked in several steps or levels, which gives the eye a lot to discover due to the plastic depth. In the center, the finish reminds us of the Côtes de Genève look, which is typically used on plates and movement parts, but apparently also looks great on a dial.
Even though the ANOMALY-1 series enjoyed great popularity due to its design, it was obvious that the design would be the main focus, but less so the performance. However, Code41 Anomaly Evolution has once again listened to the community and taken their concerns to heart. As a result, the brand now relies on the well-known Swiss Sellita SW200-1 movement for its latest ANOMALY iteration.
While the Miyota movement only has a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (or 3 Hz), the Swiss counterpart now in use oscillates much faster at 28,800 vibrations per hour (or 4 Hz). This not only results in a smoother gliding of the second hand, but is also clearly noticeable in everyday use: While the Miyota has a daily deviation of -20/+40 seconds, the Sellita movement (in its elaboré version) is much more precisely regulated to -7/+7 seconds per day.

Another new feature is the revised date display. It is no longer located at 3 o’clock, as it was the case on the ANOMALY-02, but moved to the 7 o’clock position. Two red indicators now indicate the date, which looks as follows:
The brand-new Anomaly Evolution is now available for pre-order at CODE41. Prices start at 893.00 € for stainless steel watches on leather straps, but can be slightly higher in case of PVD-coated cases or if you would like to get a stainless-steel bracelet with it.

Code41 Anomaly Evolution Anthracite

Five years is a long time. Back in the now comparatively halcyon days of 2016 we could go outside, cough without fear of death and had no idea what TikTok was. It was also when a new watch brand by the name CODE41 burst onto the Swiss watch scene, with their disruptive, transparent approach to watchmaking.

Back then their first watch was a strange singularity in the watch world; an odd, off-kilter approach paired with an eye-catching design like nothing else out there. Hence the name ANOMALY.

While everything else seems to have gotten worse over the years, one thing hasn’t: the ANOMALY is back with a new lease of life with its new EVOLUTION.
The Code41 Anomaly Evolution Anthracite is, put simply, the best elements of the previous editions of the watch combined into one piece. From the ANOMALY-01 it takes the cut-out, multi-layered dial revealing a textured finish underneath, as well as a larger, full-dial version of the watch’s wheel date indicator, complete with red highlights.

On the other hand, it’s dropped the more technical-looking open elements of the movement, a core characteristic of the 1, in favour of the more streamlined style of the ANOMALY 2. Otherwise, it still has the faceted crown and short lugs of previous editions, as well as the same solid cushion case, albeit in a shiny new size option.
41.5mm isn’t a huge watch by any stretch, but it is large enough to put some wearers off. Especially now retro is in vogue, sizes are coming down across the field. Just take a look at the latest 36mm Rolex Explorer. CODE41 hasn’t gone quite that extreme – it wouldn’t suit the watch at all – but have allowed a nod to more svelte wrists with a new 38mm version of the ANOMALY.
There are other changes you won’t really notice between versions, but it’s good to know they’re there. 100m water resistance, improved lume across the dial and a strengthened crown make it that bit more hardwearing; a reduction in thickness of 1.5mm makes it more comfortable on the wrist and the Code41 Anomaly Evolution Anthracite is equipped with a shiny new movement besides.

That movement is a distinct uptick from previous models, upgrading from the standard Sellita SW200-1, a mainstay of microbrands everywhere, in favour of the Elabore version. The new movement is better in every way, upping accuracy, reliability and shock absorption.
Despite all these improvements, the Code41 Anomaly Evolution Anthracite still comes in with a near impossible price tag of £785 for the early bird Creator Edition. It’s a seriously good price. If you want to know why, just check out CODE41’s breakdown of their casts. When they talk about transparency, they mean it.

The Code41 Anomaly Evolution Anthracite is available in a few different colourways, with blue, black or anthracite PVD, raw silver steel and green, red or plain old white highlights. There are just as many options for straps and bracelets, too.

Sure, many of us have been pretty stagnant over the last year, but not only has CODE41 survived through these tough times, they’ve thrived, and the ANOMALY EVOLUTION is proof of just how far they’ve come. The only question is where the ground-breaking brand will head next.