D. Candaux 1740 Half Hunter Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

D. Candaux 1740 Half Hunter Tourbillon Watch Hands-On

Those who have been giving close consideration to the independent haute horology scene may perceive the name of designer David Candaux from the credits to some fabulous and genuinely out-there watches. Taking a gander at the D. Candaux 1740 Half Hunter Tourbillon watch, those equivalent watch nerds won’t be surprised at the vanguard, over-engineered watches Mr. Candaux has at last put his own name on. This Half Hunter model introduces a variety of the 1740 assortment that is the youthful D. Candaux brand’s first and still just model. For some readers, notwithstanding, Mr. Candaux and his brand could most likely utilize an introduction.

Hands-on pictures by Bilal Khan

You can get an idea of where David Candaux is coming from by taking a gander at his past absolutely weird and noteworthy ventures, for example, designing the development (hands-on here) of the MB&F HM6 Space Pirate watch . He likewise produced the Fonderie 47 Inversion Principle Tourbillon and all the more as of late was involved with the Montandon Windward TMA01 V1 watch . All join tourbillons, you will see, and are for the most part amazingly specialized. Mr. Candaux apprenticed at Jaeger-LeCoultre and is a third-age watchmaker from the Swiss Vallée de Joux, evidently following his watchmaking establishes in the locale to around 1740. The brand launched, I accept, just in 2017.


Partially outlining the D. Candaux 1740 Half Hunter watch’s “face,” let’s call it, is a dark coated bow like shape with lettering in alleviation. Inverse the brand name, “Le Solliat” is the little Swiss town where the Candaux atelier is, and the brand’s materials make a big deal about its Vallée de Joux area and the area’s watchmaking legacy. The clearly exclusive example of the guilloche you see on the facade of the D. Candaux 1740 Half Hunter has been named “Pointe du Risoux” in light of the fact that it is intended to mirror the states of Risoux fir trees of the region as seen from above. The development additionally includes the brand’s own “Côtes du Solliat” striping, noticeable through the caseback, and numerous highlights and completing procedures have borrowed from specific nearby watchmaking traditions.

Like the watches mentioned over that David Candaux worked on, a ton of unexpected details make the D. Candaux 1740 Half Hunter Tourbillon fascinating beyond its all the more clearly flighty appearance. What presumably outwardly stands out first, be that as it may, are the equitably sized and evenly situated dial and tourbillon gazing back at you like an outsider gas veil. Past variants have placed the whole essence of the watch under a sapphire gem, yet for the D. Candaux 1740 Half Hunter, each is under its own sapphire dome. The remainder of the watch’s face is then in white gold with a guilloche design, as though part of the case. And this is the place where the Half Hunter some portion of the name comes in.

As numerous readers know, a hunter style watch has a hinged lid that covers the watch’s face to ensure it, however that needs to be lifted to read the time (a model is the Panerai Luminor 1950 Sealand 3 Days Automatic Acciaio “Year Of The Monkey” watch here ). You’ll here and there likewise see this term applied to hinged caseback covers. A half hunter watch implies that there is as yet a steel cover over the dial, however an opening permits one to see the hands and read the time. The actual cover will regularly highlight indices. For the D. Candaux 1740 Half Hunter, the watch’s guilloche-decorated front with its “portholes” for the dial and tourbillon addresses the idea of a half hunter case – it does not, truth be told, open.


The dial for the D. Candaux 1740 Half Hunter’s hours and minutes is additionally profoundly domed, repeating the air pocket like gems, and with the state of the hands following its ebb and flow. By and by, I tend to like the three-dimensional impact of domes and spheres on watches. Past D. Candaux 1740 watches have all had compliment dials, and there are other little differences, for example, changes to the hands, tourbillon, materials, and the addition of a logo to the crown. However, the guilloche face alongside the raised precious stones and dial are the significant components distinguishing the D. Candaux 1740 Half Hunter from past versions.

Aside from the dial for the hours and minutes, there is a force hold indicator at the 12 o’clock position of the face, likewise in its own little sapphire window. The 60-second tourbillon indicates the seconds with a blued titanium hand (the tourbillon confine is blued and untreated titanium). Less immediately observable is the slight slope of the face that sits higher towards its 12 o’clock edge and dips further beneath the bezel at 6 o’clock. This unobtrusive point makes seeing the time (unpretentiously) simpler, we are told, yet it likewise helps the watch feel more exceptional, three-dimensional, and architected.

By now, you have clearly noticed the vertically oriented crown at 6 o’clock that lends the generally round case a slight teardrop shape. It would appear that a catch from the start and, indeed, one presses it like a catch to open it, whereupon it extends so you can wind the development and set the time. In its depressed position, D. Candaux calls it “secret,” however I find that it is a beautiful prominent piece of the design. The crown alone requires 31 separate parts.

Interestingly, the brand says that this crown design (with two licenses) necessitated a ton of surprising specialized highlights and arrangements. The thinking isn’t explained completely, yet the whole stuff train and bridges clearly needed to be positioned at a 3° point comparable to the even mainplate. It very well may be hard to find in the photos, however these angled parts are supposed to make a “cascading” special visualization that will be more pronounced as it plays with light, highlighting the finishing.

The 1740 Caliber is absolutely in-house designed and handmade, we are told, and each part individually hand-finished. No wonder he just makes eight watches all at once. The development is essentially made of titanium and works at 3Hz with a force save of 55 hours by means of two barrels. The tourbillon is of the flying assortment, which means it is supported from underneath. Its confine is inclined at 3° like other development parts and the equilibrium is inclined a further at 30° according to the enclosure, subsequently David Candaux considers this a “bi-plan” tourbillon.

The escapement is additionally designed by Candaux utilizing procedures traditional to the Vallée de Joux, and utilizations a variable idleness balance, Breguet overcoil spring, and Philips terminal bend. It’s getting nerdy now. One cool component is that development details that will be fundamental for any future fixes by different watchmakers are “micro-engraved” by hand on the titanium baseplate’s flank – in help, no less – an interaction which itself requires 150 hours of work alone.

The D. Candaux 1740 Half Hunter Tourbillon case is 43mm wide and 12.6mm thick, water-impervious to 30m – and it is quite light on the wrist, both the case and development being generally in Grade-5 titanium with different completions. A scope of different materials is used, yet in modest quantities, for example, gold screws and chatons, steel for the hands, and so on The guilloche is in “high palladium content” 18K white gold and done by hand on a rose motor lathe.

As brands have corona products, the amazingly specialty world of independent vanguard haute horology resembles the watch industry’s radiance, and that is the place where watches, for example, those from D. Candaux have a place. It’s hard to stand out in such a specialty, costly, and specialized space, however these very skilled watchmakers pulling out all the stops or detail seeking after their own dreams are at any rate rousing to find out about. Investigate the D. Candaux site for seriously enticing specialized details, yet a portion of the brand’s materials are muddled or conflicting in spots – independent brands’ communication is regularly not as polished as their products, but rather maybe that is essential for the appeal. The D. Candaux 1740 Half Hunter Tourbillon watch will be produced in a limited edition of just eight pieces with a cost of $240,000 $265,000 USD each. dcandaux.ch