21 July 2017 Eberhard & Co. Scafograf 300, unique piece
18 July 2017 TAG Heuer Monza Calibre 17, unique piece
14 July 2017 Hublot Classic Fusion Titane 42mm, unique piece
11 July 2017 Tourbillon Marine Grand Feu Automatique, unique piece
6 July 2017 Twenty-One GMT automatic unique piece
3 July 2017 Octo Finissimo Automatic Unique Piece
30 June 2017 Vintage BR 126 Aéronavale
26 June 2017 MCT Dodekal One “Sixteen”
23 June 2017 Pilot Type 20 Extra Special, unique piece
20 June 2017 L.U.C XPS Twist QF Fairmined unique piece
16 June 2017 Unique pieces for WorldTempus
3 October 2016 A one-of-a-kind watch
30 September 2016 A one-of-a-kind watch
29 September 2016 A one-of-a-kind watch
27 September 2016 A one-of-a-kind watch
23 September 2016 A one-of-a-kind watch
21 September 2016 A one-of-a-kind watch
19 September 2016 Exclusive WorldTempus anniversary edition unique piece watches
MCT MCT Dodekal One “Sixteen”
For this unique piece, Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps has modified its movement to make the number 16 appear mechanically in the place of the 4.
A lucky few were treated to a preview of MCT’s Dodekal One at SIHH 2017, while the watch was officially launched at Baselworld 2017. At the beginning of the year, it was one of the few watches that really got the collectors’ community and connoisseurs of contemporary haute horlogerie talking. Launched on the 10th anniversary of the Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps, the Dodekal One is a continuation of MCT’s credo, which is to create original time indications using manufacture movements. For the first time in the history of watchmaking, the internally-developed MCT-D1 calibre provides a mechanical digital display in the centre of the dial. While the hours parade one after the other in the central window, minutes are read more traditionally via a hand mounted on a sapphire disc, which points to the peripheral indices.
This fresh mechanical tribute to the digital displays of the 1970s doesn’t short-change the pleasure: the hour numerals take a full 2.5 seconds to change. The transition is managed by a system of carriages supporting each numeral component, guided by a circular cam. The huge amount of energy required for this procedure meant developing and building an innovative regulator. The Dodekal One was the subject of a cover story in the special Baselworld 2017 edition of watch magazine GMT.
A one-of-a-kind piece worthy of the Three Kings
For once, what happened in Basel didn’t stay in Basel. The idea of the Sixteen was born over dinner at the famous Brasserie des Trois Rois during Baselworld. It is a unique piece to celebrate WorldTempus’s 16th anniversary, based on the Dodekal (which comes from the Greek word for twelve). Denis Giguet – MCT’s founder and watch designer, formerly director of the Ateliers Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston’s watch division – immediately rose to the challenge set by Pierre Jacques (MCT’s CEO – see interview) to turn the mechanically displayed 4 in the centre of the dial into a 16! The transition from 3 to 16, then from 16 to 5, is magical to watch.
Denis Giguet © WorldTempus
As in all the best stories, a rough outline of the modifications that would have to be made to the in-house calibre was sketched out on a paper napkin. Not only did the engineers have to make a number of new calculations, but the movement of the Dodekal Sixteen will also be a unique piece in its own right. Once the order is placed, the watch will require 10 to 12 weeks to complete. Denis Giguet explains why and how here. Despite the modifications required to the movement, Pierre Jacques and Brice Lechevalier (Director of WorldTempus) insisted that the Dodekal Sixteen should be available for the same price as the regular model. The lucky owner will even have the luxury of choosing the all-titanium version (at the list price of CHF 55,000) or the pink gold version (catalogue price CHF 60,000).
Case: titanium (or pink gold), domed sapphire, sapphire caseback, water resistant to 30 m
Size: 42 x 42 mm
Movement: automatic mechanical movement (MCT-D1 calibre, 50-hour power reserve), gold micro-rotor, hand-chamfered bridges and mainplate, Geneva striping, balance spring with Breguet overcoil
Functions: central digital hour display, flying minute hand
Dial: multi-level, sapphire and titanium, 16 in place of the 4
Strap: alligator leather, steel folding clasp
The lucky purchaser of this exclusive Dodekal Sixteen will also receive a Galet Satori music box by Reuge, worth CHF 990.
Galet Satori music box © Reuge
MCT watches combine audacious design with an avant-garde technical approach. Using movements developed and manufactured entirely in-house, MCT has a contemporary vision of time and a respect for the traditions of fine watchmaking.Find out more
All the news >
Contact brand >
All the watches >