Code41 Unveils a Classical yet Captivating Moonphase

With a uniquely designed dial

Swiss microbrand Code41 has made significant strides since its founding in 2016 by Claudio D’Amor, who previously designed watches for Tag Heuer and Montblanc. It has added complications such as the tourbillon to its lineup, and now, the brand has taken yet another step towards classical watchmaking by introducing a moon phase to its collection with the Moon Inception. Available in three colors – black, blue, or gray – the Moon Inception features an original and interesting twist in its dial design that sets it apart from conventional moon phase watches on the market.

An interesting moonphase

Unlike most of Code41’s watches, the Moon Inception features a pared-back dial design, departing from the brand’s quintessential open-worked dial. However, the brand has demonstrated its ability to design classic, solid dials. In fact, the new dial is the highlight of the watch as it easily distinguishes itself from conventional moonphase watches on the market.

 

While the moon phase display is conventionally executed via a rotating disc, its placement and the surrounding elements make it special. Nestled within a circular frame of stars, the moonphase evokes a view of the universe and adds romanticism to the watch, particularly with the photo-realistic moon disc.

Furthermore, the moonphase circular ring is complemented by another smaller ring framing the date, positioned around 2 o’clock. These two rings form a figure-eight shape, leaving two slices of beautifully curved pie shapes imprinted with the brand and model name.

 

An intriguing detail to note is that the dial is constructed on multiple levels: the hour and minute track occupy the outermost and highest elevation, followed by the moon and date disc, with the lowest level being the dial itself. These distinct levels are made of different materials and finishes, providing clear boundaries while also adding intricate details and visual depth to captivate the eye.

Modern case design

The case design of the Moon Inception follows the language of Code41, which boasts a barrel or tonneau shape silhouette, thanks to the relatively straight lugs extending from the case. Compared to earlier watches from Code41, the case construction of the Moon Inception is arguably more pared back to suit the classical style of the dial. 

 

However, some may argue that the design still leans a bit too much towards modernity or complexity for the overall theme of the dial. Make no mistake, the construction is commendable, but like many of its microbrand competitors, the case design lacks the maturity, finesse, or timelessness of established brands’ designs. 

 

That said, perhaps more noteworthy than the case is the bracelet, which is relatively uncommon, solid, and handsome.

The case has a diameter of 41.5 mm and a thickness of 11.2 mm, which is reasonable and exactly as thick as the Longines Master Collection Moonphase

Workhorse movement

It is now a more common trend for microbrands to disclose where the parts are sourced; for example, Code41 reveals that the case, dial, and packaging are all manufactured in China. However, the movement within the watch is sourced from Switzerland, or more accurately, from the brand Sellita, the SW288. It has a relatively short power reserve of 41 hours, but it is a reliable movement. The movement comes in two configurations: the basic version, regulated to -7/+7 seconds deviation maximum a day, or for just CHF 300 more, it will be regulated to -4/+6 and accompanied by a COSC certification.

Code41 Moon Inception

Movement: C41-MP (Sellita SW288); automatic; 41 hours power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, and moon phase
Case: 41.5 mm x 11.2 mm; steel; water resistant to 100 m
Strap: Rubber strap or steel bracele
Availability: Directly from Code41
Limited edition: No
Price: USD 3,345

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