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In The Metal: MCT Dodekal One D110

Jason Pitsch

Swiss independent watchmaker MCT (Manufacture Contemporaine Du Temps) debuted a really cool timepiece this year at Baselworld called the MCT Dōdekal One D110. Produced in conjunction with the relatively young company’s tenth anniversary the Dodekal One is the first mechanical watch with a digital hours display in the center of the dial. According to MCT, the Dōdekal One design was inspired by 1970s electronic watches. It is powered by caliber D1 and which required a complex set of cams and carriages to display the hours in digital form. A post shared by Jason Pitsch (@professionalwatches) on Aug 23, 2017 at 6:43am PDT The coolest feature relates to the transition of the hours which takes place over a period of 2.5 seconds, which results in the appearance of a slow fade, and really makes you do a double take. Minutes are

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Pre-Baselworld: Dōdekal One

Independent Swiss watchmaker, MCT, is celebrating their tenth anniversary this year and has created a special timepiece featuring a cushion-shaped case measuring 43 mm in length (not including the lugs), which is similar to the the Sequential One and Frequential One, except this new model is slightly smaller, and not perfectly square. The Dōdekal One, or D110, features a digital hours display – in the center of the dial – powered by a mechanical, not electronic movement, of course. However, interestingly, the design was inspired by electronic watches from the 1970s. The Dōdekal One is powered by the all-new caliber D1 manufacture movement, which utilizes an intricate set of cams and carriages to display the hours in the dial center. The transition is effected by the translational motion of segments over 2.5 seconds, offering an original and magical sight, while

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MCT Sequential One S110 Evo Vantablack

In collaboration with the artist, Anish Kapoor, MCT created a Vantablack version of their signature Sequential One timepiece. Vantablack is a substance that is made of carbon nanotubes, and which absorbs up to 99.965% of visible light. It is considered the blackest substance ever produced by man. Initially developed for the military and aerospace industry, Vantablack soon caught the interest of Anish Kapoor. As the artist explains, “it’s the blackest material in the universe, after a black hole; a physical object that is impossible to see”. The Sequential One S110 Evo Vantablack has the same 45 mm x 45 mm x 15.5 mm case design as previous versions of the Sequential One S110 Evo. And in this particular instance, is crafted from grade 5 titanium with a dark DLC treatment. It also uses the existing caliber MCT-S1.0 – which powers

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Three new high-end limited edition Swiss watches

Sequential One S110 Skull The Sequential One – S110 Skull, is a 10-piece limited series available in four versions: all-black, green accents, yellow accents, or aluminum color accents. The skull is made of ultra-thin lightweight aluminum, which the company says “remains light enough to accompany the hour-change ballet, successively revealing one of the brand’s four iconic rotating modules.” This limited edition was unveiled at the opening of the “Salón Internacional Alta Relojería 2016” in Mexico, birthplace of the famous “Festival of Skulls” (Calaveras) tradition. FP Journe Centigraphe Souverain Anniversaire Limited Series The Anniversary Centigraphe Souverain was created to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of each F.P.Journe Boutique. An exclusive edition for each boutique comes in a 40 mm polished titanium case, with a ruthenium dial with sapphire registers, and 18K rose gold crown and rocker (to operate the chronograph), and a

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Baselworld 2016: MCT Sequential Two S210

Ahead of Baselworld, MCT has previewed the new version of the Sequential Two, called the S210. We previously covered the Sequential Two S200 here which has the same basic configuration as the S200, but with a new movement, a slightly redesigned dial, and larger 46.4 mm x 15.4 mm case (44.6 mm x 14.5 mm on the original model). What has stayed the same is MCT’s distinctive display which consists of four modules that represent the hours and central minutes. Basically, there are three numbers in each quadrant of the dial, each composed of five prisms. As the minute hand rotates the dial in a clockwise direction, each new hour is shown in the next quadrant, which changes in a counter-clockwise direction, while the semi-circle central ring moves to coincide with the current hour that is shown in the opening.

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Pre-Baselworld 2015: MCT Frequential One F-110

MCT will debut their latest timepiece, the Frequential One F-110, next week at Baselworld. The timepiece is most similar to the company’s Sequential S100 and S110 collections, except the case is now smaller at 42 mm by 42 mm, and instead of rotating hour numerals, a more traditional set of hands indicate the hours and minutes. In addition, there is a linear power reserve indicator, distinguished by a red hand, at 12 o’clock. Most importantly, the visual focus is now on the centrally located free sprung balance wheel, balance spring and escapement which are supported by a quad-bridge configuration, offering a full view of the oscillations, which happen 18,000 times per hour (or 2.5Hz). The Frequential One F-110 is powered by caliber MCT-F1.0 which consists of 279 components, 33 jewels double mainspring barrels and hand chamfered bridges with “Côtes de

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Introducing the MCT Sequential Two S200

Swiss watch brand, Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps (MCT), will introduce the Sequential Two S200 at Baselworld 2014. The Sequential Two is their first round watch and is powered by the same movement as the original Sequential One (comes in a square case). The dial features MCT’s distinctive display which consists of four modules that represent the hours and central minutes. Basically, there are three numbers in each quadrant of the dial, each composed of five prisms. As the minute hand rotates the dial in a clockwise direction, each new hour is shown in the next quadrant, which changes in a counter-clockwise direction, while the semi-circle central ring moves to coincide with the current hour that is shown in the opening. The movement was developed in-house and features 507 components, 85 of which are jewels, a rate of 2.5Hz, a 40-hour

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