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David Candaux 1740 Half Hunter Tourbillon: GPHG 2018, Independent Watchmaking

Contact for pricing and availability; Either I have it, or I can get it! The David Candaux Half Hunter Tourbillon is the second watch from Vallee de Joux independent watchmaker David Candaux. Following the 2017 model 1740 "first 8," the Half Hunter adds a new case in grade five titanium, re-profiled lugs, and a new white gold gulloche dial in barleycorn style. The 1740 Half Hunter is housed in a grade 5 titanium 43mm case comprised of ethereal floating lugs and a slim 12.9mm thick center canister. The watch spreads a manageable 53.1mm from lug-to-lug for easy use on smaller wrists. Two displays grace the dial; one houses the tourbillon, and the other houses the hour and minute hands. A power reserve indicator sits a 12 o'clock and tracks the energy in the mainspring barrel from full to depleted. The dial is angled at 3 degrees to permit easier reading by the owner, and the tourbillon is angled at 30 degrees for greater resistance to gravitational deviation. David Candaux's caliber 1740 manual wind tourbillon movement returns for this limited edition of eight pieces. The movement includes 47 pivot jewels and adjustment in six positions for optimum precision. A power reserve of 55 hours represents the ideal "chronometric" energy duration, but the movement will run for 67 hours at maximum. The tourbillon is a flying tourbillon architecture with no bridge over the upper portion of the tourbillon carriage. This tourbillon includes an aerodynamic balance with regulating masses (i.e., a free sprung balance), and a Breguet overcool for concentric breathing of the hairspring. The balance of the one-minute tourbillon beats at 21,600 vibrations per hour. David Candaux's "Magic Crown" returns from the 1740 first 8 model. The crown is located at precisely six o'clock in order to prevent discomfort on any wrist and any arm side; this is an ambidextrous watch option. The Magic Crown sits flush to the case until pressed and released; it features two positions for winding the caliber and setting the time. Despite the apparent complexity of the crown mechanism this David Candaux watch is a water resistant timepiece. On the reverse side, a sapphire display caseback reveals bridges with "Cotes de Solliat," black polished train bridges, mirrored chamfers or "anglage" and matching black polish or "poli noir" on all screw heads. It's only a matter of time before David takes his deserved place among Philippe Dufour (his godfather), FP Journe, Kari Voutilainen, and Andreas Strehler among the ranks of AHCI members. Visit David Candaux at or If you're in the Vallee de Joux, visit David at his workshop! Please subscribe to our channel for the best luxury watch reviews on YouTube: Visit our website at for the latest pre-owned luxury watch arrivals and industry-leading value in previously loved luxury timepieces.