At the beginning of his training as a watchmaker, David Candaux sets a goal: to master all aspects of the manufacture of a watch. His apprenticeship took place at Jaeger-LeCoultre, “La Grande Maison” of the Vallée de Joux. He learned the craft in contact with former watchmakers, micro-mechanics, and trimmers. As a part of his experience was to learn how the timepiece industry works, how mechanisms are developed and produced, and to concentrate on achieving the perfect harmony in creation of beautiful, and yet, precise and efficient timepieces. While working as a complete watchmaker, David Candaux learned to master the digital design programs for case and movement creation. To finally achieve his initial goal, David completed a training to become an engineer in industrial system. The complete circle has formed – design and manufacture of a watch down to the atomic scale.
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.
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.
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.