Watches: MCT Genève Sequential Two S200
By Thierry Ané on March 19, 2014
Very much like Hautlence, MCT Genève is a niche brand that has decided right from the start to make a statement by departing from the conventional round case design. Rectangular and shaped like a TV screen for Hautlence, or square with generous 45 mm x 45 mm proportions for MCT Genève, these cases surely went off the beaten track and are partly responsible for the success of these brands.
The pressure for more traditional round case is strong though and although MCT Genève resisted longer than Hautlence (or even MB&F for that matter!), it seems that for this year’s Baselworld, the brand finally gives in to the call for more roundness as they unveil two versions of the Sequential Two S200, the very first timepiece of the brand without its signature square case!
With an elegant and perhaps easier to wear 44.6 mm case, the new Sequential Two S200 is offered in a red gold or a white gold version. Naturally, both models still feature the brand’s trademark prism display that is quite hard to describe but remains astonishing to look at. A “C-shaped” arc bearing the “Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps” inscription rotates sequentially 90° anticlockwise every 60 minutes to reveal the new hour by means of a five-part prism. Unlike previous models, though, this rotating “C” ring does not indicate the minutes: they are displayed more classically with a central hand.
Made of 507 components, the MCT S200 calibre that animates these timepieces beats at 28,800 vph and is wound by means of a gold micro rotor. It is beautifully finished, with bevelled edges and very contemporary black Côtes de Genève or perlage decorations that contrast nicely with the gold of the rotor. All these elements can of course be admired through the sapphire exhibition case back. Both models are presented with a black alligator strap and a folding buckle in titanium and red or white gold.
Immediately recognisable as an MCT Genève model despite its new round case, the watch has not lost an ounce of its sharp look. I really look forward to seeing these watches in Basel and being able to show you live pictures.