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Just one year ago, CODE41 launched its first chronograph, the NB24. An ultra-modern chronograph crafted from titanium or AeroCarbon and featuring a dial-side peripheral rotor and open-worked dial, the NB24 resulted from close collaboration with CODE41’s passionate community of collectors. The NB24 was an overwhelming success, with 1,380 pieces sold and a clear desire for another run. As always, CODE41 listens to its community and has released the NB24 Edition 2, which is now available for pre-order.

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The CODE41 NB24 is available in two case materials: Grade 5 titanium or AeroCarbon. Titanium is well-known for its incredible strength-weight ratio, weighting 43% less than stainless steel, yet so strong it’s widely used in the aerospace industry. Plus, titanium is corrosion-resistant, hypoallergenic, temperature resistant, and has a distinctive gray hue that’s immediately recognizable. Without a strap, the NB24 comes in at a featherweight 78g. However, for those looking to go as light as possible, the NB24 is also offered in AeroCarbon, which tips the scales at a mere 68g.

AeroCarbon is a truly space-age material produced in France for aerospace applications. Created by aligning hundreds of layers of carbon fiber one atop the another at 90-degree angles and compacting under 10 bars of pressure in an autoclave oven, AeroCarbon is much more than your average composite material. Exceptionally light, yet 2.5 times more resistant to bending than steel, AeroCarbon is an ideal case material for anyone looking for an exceptionally robust and lightweight watch. Besides its functional qualities, AeroCarbon is visually striking — after machining into a case, the layers of carbon become visible, creating a unique organic appearance.

As interesting as the case is on the NB24, there’s even more going on beneath the surface. The NB24’s automatic chronograph movement is based on the time-tested Valjoux 7750 movement, but CODE41 has partnered with Swiss manufacturing partner Concepto to redesign the movement based on its own exacting specifications. Changes include moving the counters, redesigning the bridges, and, of course, adding a dial-side peripheral rotor — a complication virtually unheard of at this price point and extremely difficult to produce (in fact, this complication alone represents one third of the NB24’s production cost). Aside from the mainspring and jewels, all components of the NB24 movement are created in-house by Concepto. In other words, you get all the reliability and robustness for which the 7750 is known, but with in-house manufacturing and several important modifications.

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With all the work that CODE41 put into the movement of the NB24, it would be a shame not to showcase it through both the sapphire caseback and an open-worked dial. The dial on the NB24 exemplifies CODE41’s modern design aesthetic that emphasizes strong angles and a three-dimensional framework showcasing multiple layers from dial to movement. Circling the dial is the peripheral oscillating weight that provides a dynamic viewing experience as it rotates and charges the mainspring. CODE41 adds a unique twist to the chronograph, as the registers utilize rotating discs rather than stationary registers with hands. And, in keeping with the open motif, the date disc is fully skeletonized; the current date, displayed at 6 o’clock, only becomes truly visible against a light backdrop.

Like every watch produced by CODE41, the brand’s goal with the NB24 was to create a truly exceptional timepiece that captures the best of avant-garde Swiss watchmaking without the markups typical from major brands. Every aspect of the NB24, from the case to the dial to the movement itself, was designed in-house and made almost entirely in Switzerland. In fact, the NB24 far surpasses the “Swiss made” requirements. Because CODE41 believes that the “Swiss made” label has been devalued by unscrupulous brands, the brand has decided not to use the often-misleading label on the watch, instead opting for total transparency with its customers. Want to know where the dial was made? The crystal? Just hop over to the website and the country of origin, as well as the price of each component, is clearly listed. And because CODE41 uses a set percentage markup, there no ambiguity in where your money’s going.

The NB24 is available in four colorways: black, red, blue, or green in both the titanium and AeroCarbon case with prices starting at 4,593 CHF. You can also personalize your watch with the choice of a matching leather rally strap, rubber strap, or bracelet. The NB24 is available now for pre-order, but only for a short period of time, with pre-orders ending on December 16, 2021 (estimated delivery in October 2022). To place your pre-order and learn more about CODE41 watches, be sure to visit the brand’s website.

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