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MCT Sequential Two S200 Watch

MCT Sequential Two S200 Watch Watch Releases

For 2014 MCT has announced a brand new watch with the Sequential Two S200, a new round-cased timepiece that focuses on the brand’s signature complication for displaying the time with a new micro-rotor-based automatic movement. MCT is a young brand with a rocky history, and we are glad to see them really back on their feet with talent behind the scenes.

Originally debuted in 2009, the MCT Sequential One is still one of my favorite “modern watches” being designed by Denis Giguet. A few years after that, Giguet left MCT around the time that he debuted his Opus Eleven watch with Harry Winston (hands-on here). Where is Denis Giguet today in 2014? He actually works for Van Cleef & Arpels, of all places. Anyhow, in 2013, MCT came back on the scene under the design aegis of Fabrice Gonet, who redesigned the original Sequential One watch with the updated Sequential One S110, a revised version of the original with some new visual details. For 2014, we get an entirely new piece with the Sequential Two S200, also designed by Fabrice Gonet.

MCT Sequential Two S200 Watch Watch Releases

MCT Sequential Two S200 Watch Watch Releases

In a 44.6mm wide case, the Sequential Two S200 will come in either an 18k white gold or an 18k red gold case. It is round, but it isn’t simple. Shaped like a cylinder, the sapphire crystal incorporates the bezel and acts like a cap over the case. It offers a wonderful ability to view the mechanism from extreme angles. The lugs are also very interesting, as they have two parts and connect to the side of the case, as well as underneath the case. This, of course, is in reference to the design of the original lugs of the Sequential One, but here in a more exaggerated manner. I also happen to really like the wide yet relatively flat crown that looks easy to operate, but does not jut out from the case awkwardly.

I realize that many of you are seeing an MCT watch for the first time, so what is happening on the dial may be confusing. Well, allow me to explain: The watch indicates the hour at four points around the dial via turning triangular louvers. Between them all 12 hours can be displayed. There is a traditional minute hand that goes around the dial, and when a new hour comes the C-shaped window in the middle of the case pivots one position clockwise to point to the next set of louvers that display the current hour. The system is not only legible because of the digital hour system, but because of how easy it is to see all the information. This is pure time telling art, and very much a success despite being so unorthodox.

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  • Pretty awesome, actually. I like it better than the original. I can see some suggestions of other watches, but I don;t see flagrant thievery, more like complimentary and curious nods to some other watches. There is some Christophe Claret feel here, and with those skeletonized lugs and Star Trek shape in the movement bridges over the balance, I am reminded of De Bethune in a gentle way. 

    I am a big fan of this zany way of telling the time, although I don’t know that anything is as far out and magical as the Opus 11. This one has the same cool factor wavelength as the De Grisogono Meccanio watch, how it displays the time in the lower part of the dial. 

    Anyway, good stuff. great pictures too.

  • Ulysses31

    So much beauty in one watch.  It’s rare that I like everything about a watch but I think this is one of those times.  Classy looking movement, novel mechanism, stylish case that doesn’t look like a robot’s penis.  Excellent.

  • ZL

    So cool.

  • Tarheelvolvo

    This is really impressive mechanical tech!  When can we see one of these as part of the monthly Giveaway, Ariel!?!?!

  • bnabod

    I love all these watches I could never afford.  Is there anything else out there that the mere mortal can afford that is not your regular ETA framed copy of some other copy (not that there is anything wrong with that 🙂 )

  • Thanatos42

    So, what would it cost to duplicate this crazy display using stepper-driven motors regulated by a superquartz movement?
    Less than $98k?  Why not do it?

  • Wow. That is such a huge step forward designwise from the previous models. I like it!

  • Zeitblom

    It would be a lot better if the louvres for the numbers not currently in use showed a blank [I mean, add a blank face to the “prisms”].. As it is, those bit and pieces of numbers sticking out from under that MANUFACTURE etc sign look like a mess. But full marks for doing something interesting. And the back is beautiful.

  • f15soloist

    Where can we see a video of it in action?

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