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

by Ariel Adams

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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.

 

The Gagarin Tourbillion

by Time&Style Staff

Russian Yuri Gagarin became the first man to successfully orbit the Earth on April 12th 1961. Inspired by his momentous aeronautical accomplishment, watchmaker Bernhard Lederer has developed a truly striking commemorative timepiece: the Gagarin Tourbillion.

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The centerpiece of this ultra-luxury timepiece is a rotating tourbillion that encircles an inset image of the globe. The tourbillion, of course, being the essential complication for combating the effects of gravity—meaning that this watch could brave the conditions of space on it’s own. An attached magnifying glass ensured that not a single detail on the striking watch face is missed. more…

Richard Mille Named Official Timing Partner of Lotus F1

by Time&Style Staff

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The innovative watchmakers at Richard Mille are pleased to announce a new partnership for their luxury brand. The Swiss house was named the official timing partner of the Lotus F1 racing team. This new match brings along with it the release of a limited-edition timepiece made with the newest lightweight materials available. Branding will appear on Lotus’ Formula 1 Challenger, the E21, and racer jumpsuit.

Fine German watchmakers NOMOS Glashütte support Doctors Without Borders

by Time&Style Staff

German watchmakers NOMOS Glashütte are going international with their efforts to support Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) with a pair of limited edition classic NOMOS watches. Beginning this month, special models of the NOMOS Tangente 38 and Tangente 33 will be available in the United States, with $100 from the sale of each time piece going towards medical and humanitarian emergency aid. Customers won’t need to spend anymore than they normally would for a Tangente, as both NOMOS Glashütte and retailers are waiving a share of their margin for the cause. The company is making 1,000 of each model, both the larger (38) and the smaller (33), to benefit Doctors Without Borders in the USA. Last year they ran a similar campaign for MSF within Germany.

NOMOS Glashütte limited edition Tangente 33 (left) and Tangente 38 (right), in support of Doctors Without Borders

NOMOS Glashütte limited edition Tangente 33 (left) and Tangente 38 (right), in support of Doctors Without Borders

NOMOS Glashütte has included some special features on these limited editions watches that make them look almost as outstanding as the cause they are helping to support. The red numeral 12 catches the eye at the top of the silver-plated dial, while the organization’s name appears down below the six o’clock position. Their name also appears in an engraving on the back. The sapphire crystal glass back permits you to gaze in admiration at the NOMOS Alpha movement. Another alteration is the substitution of the Tangente’s usual tempered blue hands for the new black oxidized hands. The Tangente 33 comes with a velour strap, while the 38 comes with a strap of Horween Shel Cordovan. Both watches are water resistant to three atmospheres.

The Tangente 33 retails for $1,840 USD while the large Tangente 38 costs $2,140 USD.

Golf Star Rory McIlroy Becomes An Omega Global Ambassador

by Time&Style Staff

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PGA star Rory McIlroy has joined a long lineage of professional golfers as a global ambassador for fine watchmakers Omega. He’s in excellent company, joining master players the likes of Davis Love the Third, Sergio Garcia, Greg Norman, Stacy Lewis, and Michelle Wie. He’s also in fine hands with regards to wristwear, as Omega has been entrusted with timekeeping all golf events at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Games.

 

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Reconvilier Hercules Classic

by Time&Style Staff


Pics of the latest envy-inducing timepieces that will be showcased at BaselWorld have started to leak. Here’s the Hercules Classic by Reconvilier. There’s no flashy diamonds, no studded bezel, and no gaudy gems here. No exposed mechanism, no glass-backed case. Instead, Reconvilier goes minimal, with just the hint of luxury. The Swiss-made automatic movement is housed in a case graded for water resistance up to 50 metres. The watch is available in stainless steel, as well as white or yellow 18k gold, and comes with a leather band, in your choice of black, brown, or blue leather. No word yet on availability or release dates, but we’ll keep you posted.

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Bell & Ross’ New Website!

by Time&Style Staff

Race-car drivers, pilots, bomb-disposal experts. These are just some of the regular customers that watchmakers Bell & Ross serve. But you don’t have to be travelling faster than the speed of sound or know the difference between the red and blue wires to use these high-performance accessories. In fact, the company offers a wide assortment of watches for every type of man, from astronaut to average joe. Continuing their reputation as online pioneers (they were the first to develop an online presence and e-commerce site for watches), Bell & Ross have debuted a new website that is equal parts visually stunning and user-friendly. With a goal to aid timepiece enthusiasts with a unique online experience and showcase their latest offerings, the new site greets visitors with a sleek interface that shows individuals the watches represent more than mere wrist accessories, but rather, a lifestyle. Bell & Ross offer three different collections (VINTAGE, AVIATION, MARINE), all of which are currently available for viewing through a floating mosaic, placed for user ease. Take a look at their site HERE!

Hanhart – Primus Pilot

by Time&Style Staff

The Primus Pilot is a fine example of the reliable and precise timepieces that the Swiss/German watchmaker Hanhart produces.  Their 2011 re-interpretation of their legendary aviator watch features an elegant black.

IWC Celebrates it’s Portofino Watch Family at The Salon Internation de la Haute Horlogerie

by Time&Style Staff

As the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie continues, world famous stars gather to celebrate the IWC’s latest generation of it’s Portofino watch family.

Hollywood stars Cate Blanchett, Kevin Spacey, and Matthew Fox attended along with international sports legends Zinédine Zidane and Boris Becker.  The SIHH continues until January 21st and is a landmark event in Luxury Watchmaking.

Baume & Mercier Garden Party

by Time&Style Staff

Swiss watchmakers Baume & Mercier held a garden party in Geneva to kick off the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie.  The party welcomed it’s new line of timepiece, the Hampton collection.

In attendance was Baume & Mercier’s brand ambassador, Gwyneth Paltrow along with 950 invited guests at the elegant party.  The created atmosphere required 75 tons of sand, 800 square meters of grass, and 7,000 hours of labour to create.