Flipping Cool: Rotating prisms tell time in the MCT Sequential Two S200

by Ariel Adams

5AA Sequential Two

The pinnacle of watchmaking isn’t about precious metal or rare stones, but rather mechanics. High-end horology is where creative engineers and watchmakers strive to dazzle and delight niche collectors with timepieces that blend exotic designs with novel mechanical means of displaying the time, and frequently days, months, moonphases, power reserves and other handy bits of information as well. 

Despite containing a mechanical engine produced from 507 individual parts, the Sequential Two S200 watch by Switzerland-based MTC displays only the time with hours and minutes. The concept also defies what most watchmakers see as their primary mission: to produce a watch that is as functional as possible, with the least amount of parts. In fact, most any engineer will tell you that the less parts you use in a machine, the better. Ultra-high-end watchmaking, however, is more concerned with complexity, craftsmanship and exclusivity.

When MCT’s movement designer Denis Giguet developed the Sequential One timepiece, his goal was to create a way of reading the time that was simple, legible, and most importantly novel. One of the marks of the high-end timepiece world is the use of discs, tank treads and even liquid to tell time—the more obscure and fantastical the better.

Five years in development Giguet’s Sequential Two utilizes a traditional minute hand with a “prism indicator” for the hours. A horseshoe-style segment rotates around the dial, framing the prism which displays the hours. At the end of each hour the horseshoe moves 45 degrees to the next set of prisms, which quickly flip to display the correct hour. Each of the four sets of prisms offer three numerals, and together can display all 12 hours throughout the day. Simply adjusting the time in a Sequential Two S200 timepiece is a delight for those who appreciate precision mechanics—especially because just enough of the mechanism is visible through the dial of the watch it work.

With a 44mm case (available in either 18k rose and white gold with elements of titanium), the Sequential Two S200 is remarkably wearable for such a complex instrument. Deciding to invest the $98,500 USD in an MCT Sequential Two S200 isn’t about buying a piece of history or displaying flamboyant wealth, but rather about having the ability to make a statement on your wrist that you value the ultimate combination of mechanics and design in a useful tool.

 

A Clock You’ll Want to Watch

by Time&Style Staff

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Panerai, the Italian-bred, Swiss-owned maker of luxury dive watches is loved by collectors for its simple, functional pieces based on designs worn by Italian navy frogmen in the 1940s and 50s. While this nautical history provides a wealth of inspiration for Panerai’s watches, the brand is now branching into décor with a new line of marine instruments taken from their restored 1936 racing yacht. The collection includes a barometer, thermometer and hygrometer (which measures humidity) as well as this handsome wall clock. Add one to your office wall and be prepared to lose track of time as you watch the minutes tick by. $5,100

Longines Novelties 2014 Timepieces

by Time&Style Staff

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Longines, the Swiss watchmaking masters based in Saint-Imier since 1832, present five new watch collections, which the company will unveil at Baselworld 2014.

The new collections include:   more…

The Skeletonized Collection: Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Grande Tradition

by Time&Style Staff

Jaeger-LeCoultreFor those who appreciate the craftsmanship of horology, there is no finer example than the skeletonized watch. Being expertly stripped of all the extraneous components and having the non-essential metal pared away, the resulting timepiece lays bare all the beautiful intricacies of its design.  It is at once irreducible and remarkably complex. more…

Officine Panerai Introduces the PAM 00847 Luminor Sealand – 44mm

by Time&Style Staff

Officine Panerai PAM 00847 Luminor Sealand – 44mm

Officine Panerai has released a special edition timepiece – the PAM 00847 Luminor Sealand – 44 mm – dedicated to the Year of the Horse. The Luminor hinged case cover displays a horse symbol, hand-engraved into the steel and meticulously inlaid with threads of gold by Italian craftsmen. This is the sixth watch in Luminor’s exclusive series that began in 2009, paying tribute to the signs of the Chinese Zodiac – with each edition offered only in 100 units. A nice gift, if you can get it! Check out more images after the jump! more…

Hamilton Khaki X-Wind

by Time&Style Staff

Hamilton

Producing coveted timepieces for over a century, Hamilton Watch Company has unveiled their latest treasure: the limited edition Khaki X-Wind. The stainless steel chronograph’s ultimate feature? A drift angle calculator. Derived from an aircraft cockpit, the tool measures the degrees between the front of the plane and the actual track enabling pilots to account for path deviation due to outside elements, such as wind. more…

OMEGA Opens New Olympic Pavilion

by Time&Style Staff

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On Tuesday, the official timekeeper of the Winter Olympic games and fine watchmaker OMEGA celebrated the opening of their own “activity hub.” Visitors had a chance to browse through a collection of timepieces, take a ride in an interactive bobsleigh simulator and watch a 3D speed skating video. They also had a chance to learn about the technology used to measure the athletes at this year’s games and the amount of work that goes into it. In Sochi, OMEGA will record more than 650,000 times, distances and scores.

Romain Gauthier wins the Men’s Complication in Geneva

by Time&Style Staff

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Born in 1975 in Le Sentier, Switzerland, Romain Gauthier is a living legend in the realm of haute horlogerie. Through his firm, Montres Romain Gauthier, the inspired Swiss watchmaker launched his brand in 2006 with the Prestige HM. The Prestige HMS followed in 2010 and 2013 marks the year of Logical One. more…

Panerai’s New Luminor

by Time&Style Staff

RS-6Like past Luminor icons, this latest piece features the same classic layout so integral to Panerai design. Though the greatest departure in styling -and in-turn function- is the left-handed layout. This is no new innovation though, as left-handed watches have a place in Panerai’s history. The story goes that several commandos in the Italian Navy opted to wear their watches on the right wrist (left-hand style) for convenience, since they often had to wear several instruments along both wrists at once. For these soldiers, Panerai created a watch with the winding crown on the left and so, the winding crown and crown-protecting device on this latest Luminor are at 9 o’clock instead of the typical 3 o’clock spot. more…

The Racing Watch

by Time&Style Staff

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Precision timing is essential to all racing events and the mechanical stopwatch was long the standard tool for measurement. So important was the advent of the chronograph that almost as soon as the wristwatch was put into production, watchmakers sought to integrate these complications into them. more…

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