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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.

MCT Dodekal One “Sexdei”

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.

MCT Dodekal One “Sexdei”

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).

Dodekal Sixteen
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
One-of-a-kind piece

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The lucky purchaser of this exclusive Dodekal Sixteen will also receive a Galet Satori music box by Reuge, worth CHF 990.

MCT Dodekal One “Sexdei”

Galet Satori music box © Reuge

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