Earlier this year, we brought you the news about the new MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps Dōdekal One D110. This time we bring you our hands-on review of the final watch instead of the prototype like back then. The MCT Dodekal One D110 is the first mechanical watch featuring an innovative digital hours display in the center of the dial. With its name taken from the Greek 'Dodeka' meaning twelve, the new MCT Dodekal One D110 takes its inspiration from the digital electronic watches from the seventies.
A couple of years ago, during a meeting with MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps we told them how important it would be for them to have a rubber strap for their watches. Just because MCT likes to do things right, they listened and went trough a lengthy design process to come out with the perfect rubber strap. Furthermore, they went to the extent of coming out with the Sequential Two S210 Sport we have here.
Right on time for Baselworld 2017 and to mark its tenth anniversary, MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps presents the new Dōdekal One D110, the first mechanical watch featuring an innovative digital hours display in the center of the dial. With its name taken from the Greek 'Dodeka' meaning twelve, the new MCT Dodekal One D110 takes its inspiration from the digital electronic watches from the seventies. Driven by a new in-house manufacture movement, calibre D1, the new Dōdekal One features one of the most unique and intriguing digital time displays for a mechanical watch.
Without a doubt, the MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps is the most impressive bronze watch out there considering how complicated this watch is from an horological standpoint but also as far as looks. With the round case of the Sequential Two line, the new 10-piece limited edition MCT Sequential Two S220 Bronze features a generous and robust case in bronze.
MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps Sequential Two S200 Eagle Rich Time. Hands-on with the 10-Piece Limited Edition Exclusively Sold in Moscow.
Founded in 2007 and after the launch of the very successful Sequential One we reviewed here, MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps released the Sequential Two in 2014 also featuring MCT's signature prism display to tell time and for the very first time cased in a round-shaped case composed of 43 components.
SIHH 2017: MCT Sequential One S110 Evo Vantablack Limited Edition. Hands-on Live Pictures & Pricing.
Using the blackest man-made material on earth, the new MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps Sequential One S110 Evo Vantablack Limited Edition is one of those watches that can't be fully appreciated until seen in person. With Vantablack serving as the backdrop for its very unique way of telling time via mechanical prisms, the new MCT Evo Vantablack is the result of a collaboration with artist Anish Kapoor —the only licensed artist to use Vantablack.
Baselworld 2016: Presenting the new MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps Sequential Two S210. Hands-on Review, Live Pictures & Pricing.
Still continuing with our Baselworld 2016 reporting, we present you the new MCT Watches Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps Sequential Two S210. This new watch featuring MCT's signature prism display concept is presented for the very first time in a 46.4 mm Titanium round case. The new MCT Sequential Two S210 is available in Titanium with light dial elements and blue hand and screws or in a Dark Grey DLC Titanium edition with dark dial elements and a red hand.
News: Pre-Baselworld 2016 Presenting the new MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps Sequential Two S210.
In preparation for Baselworld 2016, may we present you the new MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps Sequential Two S210. This new watch featuring MCT's signature prism display concept is presented for the very first time in a 46.4 mm Titanium round case. The innovative time display and impeccably crafted case exhibits all of the key design elements that established the Swiss brand's reputation, including a sapphire ring around the case-band.
Insider: MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps Sequential One S100 and S110. Changing the Face of Time with Prisms.
The workshop of MCT —Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps— is located in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking region of Lake Neuchâtel. Each watch is made by hand and a single watchmaker follows its assembly from the beginning to the end to ensure the ultimate quality and traceability. The Sequential One is product of a collaboration between designer Eric Giroud and concept engineer Jean-Francois Mojon. This fascinating timepiece is very unique because of its monumental hour numerals, ingenious for its in-house movement and pioneering for its mechanism of sequential display. This manufacture lead by François Candolfi is living example of the level of innovation and the creative spirit of independent watchmaking companies. In order to ease the review of this timepiece, let's start with a video produced by MCT that clearly explains the complexity of this mesmerizing timepiece.
Experience: Alberto Moretti Arfango No. 1 Velvet Loafers. Perfect Match to the MCT Sequential Two S200.
Velvet loafers a.k.a. Albert Slippers —we'll explain the name in a little bit— have always been reserved for royalty, celebrities or for those watchlifestylers with enough panache to sport them outside their homes or their cigar smoking lounges. The history behind the velvet loafers a.k.a Albert Slippers tells us that they were originally created to be used as an indoor type of shoe with a velvet upper often embroidered with a royal crest and fitted with leather soles. Back during Victorian times in England, regal men would replace their shoes at the front entrance with Albert slippers to avoid dragging dirt, gravel or sand into the finely finished hardwood floors of their homes. The name Albert comes from Prince Albert —Queen Victoria's husband who made them popular.
In this day and age, velvet loafers had turned into a statement type of shoe, more than just being an elegant men's slipper destined to be worn indoors.
Baselworld 2015: Introducing the New MCT Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps Frequential One F110. Live Pictures and Pricing.
Up until the very end of 2013, MCT was an independent manufacture very well known and highly regarded for its signature prisms hours display mechanism and for its cushion shaped cases in watches like the Sequential One S100 and the S110 reviewed here , then, last year at Baselworld 2014, MCT decided to continue its evolution and present the Sequential Two S200 with a round-shaped case —reviewed here by us— and a top sapphire crystal that was not simply placed on the bezel, but stepped down and invisibly screwed to the case, therefore, allowing light to illuminate the prism displays from nearly every angle. Well, this time and just in time for Baselworld 2015, Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps continues to evolve and this time with a new watch named Frequential One F110 designed by Fabrice Gonet.
Baselworld 2015: Introducing the Evolved Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps MCT Sequential One S110. Live Pictures and Pricing.
Right on time for Baselworld 2015, Manufacture du Temps presents the evolution of their iconic Sequential One S110 timepiece. This time, the watch is not only also available in Anthracite PVD White Gold but its typography, movement decoration and dial get more classic and even more stunning. The workshop of MCT —Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps— located in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking region of Lake Neuchâtel and lead by François Candolfi is living example of the level of innovation and the creative spirit of independent watchmaking companies. The evolved MCT Sequential One S110 maintains all of its technical specifications in terms of case size, movement and functioning. There are two new models that were just presented and in order to explain the main differences between the evolved model and the predecessor you will find side-by-side shots of the watches.
Baselworld 2014: Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps MCT Sequential Two S200. Live Pictures and Pricing.
After the launch of the very successful Sequential One reviewed here, Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps is surprising us once again during Baselworld 2014 with the new Sequential Two S200 featuring MCT's signature prism display and for the first time in a round-shaped case composed of 43 components. While the Sequential Two is MCT's first model housed in a round case, it is immediately recognizable as by MCT thanks to the strong DNA running throughout the collection. Although the sequential prism hour display might be the most obvious visual clue to the Sequential Two's thoroughbred providence, the distinctive lugs are another and the case band harbors yet another MCT trademark, one more subtle but no less impressive: a sapphire crystal ring that ascetically lightens the case and quite literally lightens, as in allowing light into, the indications, complication and movement.
The top sapphire crystal is not simply placed on a bezel, but is stepped down and invisibly screwed to the case, dispensing with the bezel entirely. This may seem a simple detail, but is further proof of MCT's uncompromising approach to design. With the sides of the crystal replacing the bezel on top of the case, the timepiece appears slimmer and the transparent sides, in conjunction with the sapphire caseband ring and display back, allow light to illuminate the displays from nearly every angle.
Highly legible hours are indicated by four modules, each comprising of five triangular prisms. The current hour is highlighted by an open 'window' in a 'C-shape' arc around the center of the dial, which is relief-engraved with "Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps" —MCT.
The 'C-shape' arc rotates sequentially 90° anticlockwise to highlight the new hour, while minutes are displayed 360° around the full perimeter of the dial. The current hour is indicated by the open mouth of the 'C-shape' arc around the center of the dial, which also masks the non-current hours. The current hour displays sequentially in an anticlockwise direction.
Through the display case back one can appreciate the automatic movement calibre MCT S2 on the Sequential Two S200. The beating heart inside this new timepiece was fully developed in-house by MCT ensuring that the movement exactly met expectations in terms of design, performance, finish and quality. The 18K gold micro-rotor enables a very slim movement and case, making for a comfortable fit on the wrist —and under cuffs— as well as harmoniously pleasing case proportions measuring 44.6 mm in diameter and 14.5 mm in thickness.
While talking about gears might not get everyone excited, we can tell you that the gears in the new MCT Sequential Two S200 benefit from the latest advances in teeth profiles on them. The high efficiency gears mean less energy wasted in friction losses, higher and more consistent power to the regulator for higher precision and a longer power reserve.
The stunning black movement bridges visible through the display back offer a high contrast
backdrop to the red gold of rotor, screws and mainspring chaton. While the black movement
may appear at first glance to be 'minimalist', no fewer than 507 components and 85 jewels required in its construction bear testimony to the complexity involved. The black of the bridges and plates serves to subtlety reinforce the hand finishing of the “Côtes de Genève”, perlage and hand beveled edges. This movement provides a power reserve of 40 hours when fully wound while beating at a frequency of 28,800vph.
The watch available in either 18K red gold or 18K white gold —limited edition of 99 pieces for each metal— is fitted with a sapphire ring around case band, sapphire crystals with double anti-reflective coating, a double hand-stitched alligator leather strap with anti-allergy inner lining with 18K gold or titanium double-folding clasp and waterproof to a depth of 30 meters. Once again, our friends at MCT went the extra mile and above and beyond with their new horological creation.
Sticker Price Approximately $100,000 USD. For more info on Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps click here.