Unique Swiss watch maker MCT is sort of back on the scene after being quiet for a few years. The brand’s famous Sequential One timepiece was developed by movement designer Denis Giguet, who later left the brand. When I last spoke to him he told me that he would be working full time at Van Cleef & Arpels of all places. MCT was recently scooped up by a new guy I believe and has been trying to get it back on track. The first step is to revitalize the Sequential One with some design variations. Here are the two new MCT Sequential One S110 watches.
Each has the same wonderfully original manually wound movement that has a revolving retrograde minute hand and hour markers on triangular shutters. We first wrote about MCT here back in 2009 and there is a video there showing how the watch works – it is super cool. The minute counter moves sequentially in a clockwise manner as the hours change. There are four points on the dial that each can display three of the 12 hours of the day.
Designer Fabrice Gonet revisits the Sequential One in the new S110 series adapting the core design of the 45mm wide cushion-shaped case to frame a more modern and skeletonized movement. The S110 cases are either naked titanium or DLC black coated. We hope to get some hands-on time with the new MCT watches soon to see if the concept is still interesting after its debut about four years ago. Price of these new MCT Sequential One S110 watches will hover around $100,000. mctwatches.com
Movement: Mechanical hand-wound, 471 parts, 81 jewels, 18,000 vib/h, 40-hour power reserve, patent for the minute disc rotation with energy accumulation
Functions: Sequential indication of the hours, jumping minutes and small seconds
Case: Grade 5 titanium with or without black DLC coating, 44 parts, 45 mm. Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides, and sapphire back with anti-reflective coating on the inside. Water-resistant to 30 m (3 ATM/100 ft)
Dial: Hours indicated by 4 assemblies of 5 triangular prisms. Minutes indication by a 2 three-part 270° rotating disc. Central sapphire crystal dividing the dial into two separate parts
Bracelet/Strap: Hand-sewn calfskin lined with hypoallergenic leather, safety folding clasp