MCT Dodekal One D110 Watch

MCT Dodekal One D110 Watch

MCT Dodekal One D110 Watch Watch Releases

Swiss MCT will unveil a new watch this year at Baselworld 2017 with the rather cool MCT Dodekal One D110. This is the fourth (or fifth, depending on how you count cosmetic updates) watch from the brand which is the brainchild of Denis Giguet. MCT as a brand debuted back in 2009 with the still incredible MCT Sequential One. Mr. Giguet later left the brand for a few years but is reportedly back. While I can't confirm it yet, I believe the MCT Dodekal One D110 is the first "new" Giguet creation from the brand.

MCT Dodekal One D110 Watch Watch Releases

In essence, the MCT Dodekal One D110 takes the brand's signature techie-looking 43mm-wide cushion case and inserts a dial that has a "digital" jumping indicator for the hours and a traditional minute hand. The center-mounted hour indicator window presents the appearance of a digital numeral indicator that you might recognize from the LCD screens on countless electronic devices. Though there is nothing electronic or "screen-like" about the Dodekal One D110, as this MCT timepiece is a purely mechanical creation.

MCT Dodekal One D110 Watch Watch Releases

To achieve this interesting mechanical feat, a turntable-style "instruction" plate is used in the movement which appears to offer a guide for various segments under the dial which allow the correct hour to be indicated. This is a more simple and likely robust system than that used on the still very cool de Grisogono Meccanico dG watch (hands-on here). The key to making watches like this cool isn't just mechanical complexity anymore, but it is some level of assurance to the consumer that not only will there be someone around to fix the watches should there be a problem, but also that the watch mechanisms themselves aren't prone to easily breaking.

MCT Dodekal One D110 Watch Watch Releases

MCT Dodekal One D110 Watch Watch Releases

What I really appreciate about the MCT Dodekal One D110 isn't just the complexity but rather the legibility. The last decade or so has seen the release of many ultra-complicated horological exotics which excel at visual interest but mostly fail at readability. More and more these days, brands are appreciating that legibility is of paramount importance when it comes to having a true classic watch. So unless I see the MCT Dodekal One D110 in person and find it not to be as legible as it appears in these images, I already have high esteem for the concept since it seems to do what any decent timepiece should, and that is first be a good watch before it is an artistic machine.

Inside the MCT Dodekal One D110 is apparently an in-house-made movement known as the caliber MCT-D1. With automatic winding and a micro-rotor made of 18k gold, the movement operates at 2.5Hz (18,800bph) and has a power reserve of 50 hours. We don't have images of the rear of the case but there will be a view of the movement through it.

MCT Dodekal One D110 Watch Watch Releases

The 43mm-wide (30m-water-resistant) case will wear on the larger side, though the lugs are relatively short, which is a good thing. The case is mostly titanium, but as you can see there will be various color versions, and some that will have elements in gold as well. The dial is otherwise pretty no-nonsense and, while mostly symmetrical, it playfully suggests asymmetry with the placement of the diagonal bridge across the dial, along with a hint of mechanics with the exposed gear located between 7 and 8 o'clock on the dial. I believe this gear is part of the system that moves the minute hand - which appears to be mounted on a transparent sapphire crystal.

MCT Dodekal One D110 Watch Watch Releases

MCT has shared precious little other information about the MCT Dodekal One D110 timepiece collection, and I look forward to checking them out at Baselworld 2017. They will be rather limited, with MCT indicating that only 25 pieces of each color version will be produced. Prices are 55,000 CHF in all titanium (reference SQ 43 D110 TI 01) and 61,000 CHF for the version in titanium and pink gold. mctwatches.com

What do you think?
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  • I am not at school any more, but if I was at school I think these watches would be far too cool for the school.

    Need videooooooo

    • Berndt Norten

      I’m never going back to my old school….

      • DanW94

        Go back Jack, do it again…

        • Berndt Norten

          Wheel turnin’ round and round

  • IG

    Interesting design, though the two bridges over the dial seem kinda heavy-handed.

  • Mark1884

    I find this watch interesting. The digi-ana mix on this looks cool. Would like to wear the rose gold version, but don’t want to pay that price.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Can’t make up my mind if i like it or not. I usually hate seeming a round peg in a square hole. and visa-versa. I t looks a bit clumpy but it’s a good size. Interesting mechanical movement but the “retro” look of the hour indicator looks a bit naff. I would wear it , but i would tire of it quite quickly. . .

    • I had the same first impression – it’s clever as all get out, but it’s not something one can really put into daily rotation.

  • Yan Fin

    Nice daily beater

  • SuperStrapper

    Pretty cool actually. I always admired the di grisogono, but there’s just something about it that keep it from being uber. This isn’t either, but a neat interpretation on that theme. As mentioned below, we need to see a video of it in action. Hopefully the hour changes with a pleasing immediate snap. Would be extra cool if it was a 24 hour counter.

  • Larry Holmack

    It’s pretty cool looking… I guess????? I don’t know…maybe a video of the watch would show how it works…and show off its “Coolness factor!” The size is nice, the price…about what I expected to see….but I just wonder who is going to purchase one and when would you wear it??? It’s a bit too expensive to impress your geeky friends at the next Comic Con….and the wife would think you had gone mad if she saw it….so what would you do with it???

  • Shawn Lavigne

    need to see it in action. right now it’s just another pretty face. zzzzz.

  • DanW94

    Their Sequential One S110 model in Vantablack with the retrograde minuter disc and the jumping hour shutter display is one of the cooler watches you don’t hear about. This looks almost as impressive but I’ll echo what others have mentioned, I look forward to a video showing the depth of the hour display and how it changes.

  • Gokart Mozart

    Not sure If I like it to be honest cant decide.

    I have to say for a CHF 55K watch the movement finishing is very poor.

    I am guessing that is not a frosted finish on the dial side of the movement. If this is the unfinished movement, then they used the wrong picture to sell such an expensive watch.

    • cluedog12

      Should MCT target a slightly higher price point and finish the dial side of the movement to the same standard as the visible portions? Few are buying this type of watch for artistic movement finishing, but there is an expectation of good functional finishing.

      If by some miracle the movement is robust and the watch costs less than CHF 2000 to service every five years…would say the MCT has delivered enough value.

      • Gokart Mozart

        I get that most of the movement side is hidden, but for 55k I don’t want a watch that is finished to the same standard as a 5k watch.

        If you buy a 20k Vacheron, or Lange or Breguet, they will finish every part of the movement whether visible or not.

        Whether all of it is hand finished is another matter. That’s why they are double the price of a 3 hand IWC or Zenith.

    • SuperStrapper

      We haven’t seen the movement yet, not the parts that are meant for display. The spartan bits showing in this article are not visible in a completed piece. MCT movements are not staggering in terms of visual complexity, but the finishing is excellent:

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5e66c47db2ee7dcc3721904e8e3e395b78b69e6a7a4d1e85558ae437746d8a4b.jpg

  • cluedog12

    Given how esoteric this watch is, I’d expect actual production to be equal to or less than the actual limited edition quotas.

  • Ian john horwood

    Dodekal does that stand for ( dodo-killed ). Haha

  • Ian john horwood

    Am sure japan could bring something like this out at a fraction of the price .

    • Sheez Gagoo

      Japan could, China could, Russia could and even Switzerland could. But they don’t.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      Harry Winston did, but I think it was even more expensive.

  • Ian john horwood

    Still cant get my head around the fact , that these so called uber watches , how they think these watches are worth this sort of money that they ask for them.

    • Sheez Gagoo

      They were worth it as long as somebody was willing to pay that money.

  • Ian john horwood

    the 99% of the money u have spent on these type of watches must be down to the new premises they have just purchased , with brand new cnc cutting machines , and the new boutiques they have opened . Otherwise , blowing it on advertising , or just pocketing a lot of profits , if they can sell them that is .

  • Ian john horwood

    Or paying a fortune to a cad team of engineers and designers to come with something new and different so they can ask these high prices of said pieces.

  • Ian john horwood

    Oh did i not mention , they must be getting help from a formula 1 team , and we all know how that sucks the cash down the loo .

  • Ian john horwood

    Also they have a lot of those high priced exclusive dinners you know, that your paying for .

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Sorry, have you never heard of brand marketing ?

      • Ian john horwood

        Yes brandy marketing , so they can get sloshed off the profits.

  • Ian john horwood

    Some of the cash obviously must be spent for their basil world holiday hotel and display in the basil foyers.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      That’s Baselworld. …..Basil is a herb.

      • Ian john horwood

        Yes they do smoke a lot of weed dont they , haha.

      • Ian john horwood

        My eyes and fingers aint what it used to be , its the old arthritis and rheumatism setting in.

      • IG

        No, Basil is the owner of Fawlty Towers.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          BASIL !

  • Ian john horwood

    Have you seen the mct sequential one , not impressed with the movement finishing, and the balance wheel looks like a something done in a tool shed, with little bits of metal stcking out all over the place .

  • Ian john horwood

    profits are now going towards a bomb shelter , because the crowds of unhappy buyers are preparing a grenade assult .

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Welcome to the blog Ian,…………now gonna shurrup !

    • Sheez Gagoo

      What does shurrup mean? Shut up in Scottish?

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Aye ( yes )

  • Ian john horwood

    Have u heard about the ferrari hublot big bang , unhappy customers are now attaching gun powder to their watches to emulate ferrari’s exploding engines.

    • Gokart Mozart

      I think you may be getting confused with the Honda engines in the back of the McLaren’s.

      • Ian john horwood

        Whats honda in mclaren,s got to do with ferrari’s exploding engines. Haha

    • Ian john horwood

      Vettel’s ferrari engine exploded in 2016 at the bahrain grand prix

      • Ian john horwood

        And some ferrari supercars have had some issues of exploding engines too .

        • 1) What does the Hublot have to do with this watch?
          2) You can edit your posts if you thing of something else to say rather than “replying” to yourself endlessly.

  • Ian john horwood

    Any takers for ablogtowatch’s social media savant job role.

    • IG

      Are you on bath salts?

  • For 55K – 61K CHF the movement finishing is a joke. Sure the exposed bits are
    OK but the rest looks like human hands never touched them for finishing.

  • Simon_Hell

    Not sure why “digital” is in quotes with a giggle. It is digital, no two ways about it, irrespective of whether it is powered electronically or mechanically.

    • egznyc

      Right you are. I kind of like this look because it sort of reminds me of the digital displays but here it’s just a lot more cool via use of mechanical means to display the hour digitally. Of course, there’s no way I’d spend this kind of money on this product, even if I had it. There are much more interesting offerings in this price range. That I’ll never actually own!

  • Ulysses31

    A winner in terms of legibility and style, without trying to blow you away with the number of complications. The finishing should be better than Seiko 5 levels, though.