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True to its innovative spirit, CODE41 modifies its record-breaking timepiece

The NB24, whose original version sold out in weeks, has been updated with a new dial and, most significantly, a Stratom case

Earlier this summer, we drew our readers towards one of the most envelope-pushing watch labels that’s appeared on our radar in recent years: CODE41, a maker who goes against horological convention as it actively seeks external advice – from its community of supporters – on what materials, aesthetic details and functions should be incorporated into each piece of wrist armour.

Founded in 2016 by Claudio D’Amore – a designer whose resumé includes Montblanc and Tag Heuer – the venture is often viewed as more of a community project than a watch house in the traditional sense, and the last CODE41 product we profiled was the ANOMALY Evolution Edition 2, a timepiece with roots in the pandemic and whose conception was made possible by the support of brand enthusiasts at every step of development.

Rather notable of late is the new-edition NB24, the label’s most emblematic chronograph. The original model – whose moniker takes its cues from race driver and CODE41 ambassador Nigel Bailly, who fulfilled a lifelong dream when he competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 2021 – was released two years ago as a Creator Edition, and, during its pre-orders phase, no fewer than 1,380 pieces were sold within weeks of launch, CODE41’s quickest sell-out to date.

NB24 Ed3 Lifestyle Stratom Titanium Blue Leather Perforated Blue

Defining this model is a bevy of high-end components, such as its case in AeroCarbon – a material known for its incredibly resistant, high-density properties – and grade-5 titanium, which not only facilitates fine finishing, but is renowned for being twice as hardy as steel.

NB24 Ed3 Stratom Titanium Anthracite Red HandsRed ST R41 Red
NB24 Ed3 Lifestyle Stratom Titanium Anthracite Black R41 Green 365

A CODE41-exclusive Swiss manufacture movement powers the piece and is modelled around the famed Valjoux 7750 – reputed for being both reliable and robust – but incorporates several differences: the counters, for example, have been moved, and the bridges redesigned.

Further detailing includes the fact that all components, bar the jewels and barrel spring, have been made in-house; there’s a power reserve of 48 hours and a frequency of 28,800 turns per hour; and it features an Incabloc shock protection system.

NB24 Ed3 Lifestyle NativeDNA Titanium Anthracite Orange Leather Perforated Black 353

Moreover, a dial-side peripheral oscillating weight – an extremely rare feature used by only a small selection of labels – has been added, and though this detail is already incorporated in CODE41’s X41, for the NB24, it is made into a visible feature.

Each model also comes with a wide range of interchangeable straps.

For the latest iteration, which has a diameter of 42.7mm and a weight of 90g, the CODE41 community has chosen a new orange dial to be incorporated, as well as the addition of a Stratom case, which was first seen in the T360 Tourbillon and is known for its well-defined lugs; chambered, layered build; and sporty silhouette.

Pre-orders for the NB24 Stratom are available from 20 September, 2023 to 18 October, 2023, and will be limited to 200 pieces. Each is priced at £6,900, and delivery dates are scheduled for summer 2024.

Want more from CODE41? Read about its ANOMALY Evolution Edition 2…

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