Codex Classic, Chronograph, & Venus Watches
Part of the Swiss Chronometric company, Codex is a new luxury watch brand with a cool look, and three initial models. The models are more or less differentiated by their movement, and share an interesting looking 41.5mm steel or 18k rose gold case. These are the Codex Classic, Codex Chronograph, and a prestige collection called the Codex Venus.
The Classic and Chronograph are pretty straight forward. The design of the case and dial is interesting. I think I would sport the look - though it is probably a bit too much, and too busy for some people. I really like the almost checker style bezel treatments. The Codex Classic has a manually wound ETA 6498 movement that has a subsidiary seconds dial. No idea why they didn't choose to use an automatic movement. At least the crown is large for easy winding.
On the other hand, the Codex Chronograph is an automatic. It has a specially modified ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movement that has a periphery style date indicator and a moon phase indicator It is pretty nice, and I like the symmetry. Then you have the Codex Venus Master and the Venus Prestige. These two limited edition collections uses a newly finished vintage movement. The Codex Venus watches use classic Venus 203 manually wound movements that have the time, annual calendar, moon phase indicator, a some sense of vintage fun. The dials are also partially skeletonized. The Venus Master is limited to 100 pieces, these pieces come in 18k rose gold cases. The only slightly different Venus Prestige is just like the Venus Master, but is decorated with 431 diamonds on the side of the case, has a different dial design, and is limited to 75 pieces. Look out for Codex watches soon (well not likely any time soon in America).
Ariel Adams publishes the luxury watch reviews site aBlogtoRead.com.