BASELWORLD STYLES INDEPENDENT WATCHMAKING REVIEWS Most Asian art enthusiasts are familiar with carp

BASELWORLD STYLES INDEPENDENT WATCHMAKING REVIEWS Most Asian art enthusiasts are familiar with carp
BASELWORLD STYLES INDEPENDENT WATCHMAKING REVIEWS Most Asian art enthusiasts are familiar with carp
BASELWORLD STYLES INDEPENDENT WATCHMAKING REVIEWS Most Asian art enthusiasts are familiar with carp
BASELWORLD STYLES INDEPENDENT WATCHMAKING REVIEWS Most Asian art enthusiasts are familiar with carp
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    MCT Main de Maître collection – Koi Carp and Sparkle By Frank Geelen

     19/03/2013 Independent Watchmaking News No Comments

    It has been quite a while

    since we’ve heard from MCT

    Watches. Manufacture

    Contemporaine du Temps

    created the Sequential One

    of which 4 different

    production models have

    been released to this date.

    There have been some one-

    offs and limited editions in

    the past few years, but MCT

    seems revived and will be

    exposing at Baselworld!

    MCT posted two pièce unique of the new Main de

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  • Maître (hand of the master) collection on

    their Facebook page - Koi Carp and Sparkle. These two

    are based on the Sequential One and show how the

    Sequential One’s large cushion case and square face

    offers a perfect stage for bespoke engravings. Like on

    the Koi Carp, and I can imagine many variants, for

    example inspired on Chinese zodiac signs.

    For a more detailed description of the Sequential One

    and to see how it indicates time, please read this

    articles that I wrote after meeting with MCT at

    Baselworld 2010.

    Most Asian art enthusiasts are familiar with carp

    paintings and ukiyo-e woodblock prints, as well as the

    artwork it has inspired around the world. The “Koi

    Carp” is created by artistic master engraver Sylvain

    Bettex, renowned throughout the Swiss watch industry

    for his delicate hand engraving skills.

    The bridges were treated with anthracite ruthenium

    before the amazingly detailed and stunning red gold

    “Koi Carp” were applied to them. The movement is a

    piece of art with defined hand engravings giving a

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  • remarkable fish scale aspect to it. It is visible on the

    back of the watch through the sapphire crystal and the

    scales appear to move in the light.

    The significance of the carp to the Chinese and

    Japanese cultures is strength and endurance, luck and

    good fortune. To this day there exists a saying in China:

    “lǐ yú tiào lóng mén” (“鲤鱼跳龙门”), or “The carp has

    leaped through the dragon’s gate.” This saying is for

    people who work hard at a task and succeed beyond

    their wildest expectations. It is based on an ancient

    Chinese legend about carp swimming upstream in the

    Yellow River toward the mythical Dragon’s Gate at the

    top of a giant legendary mountain. Those few carps,

    who swim up the waterfall and through the gate are

    changed into dragons. Maybe you remember the

    Cornelius & Cie Dragon Gate Legend, made by master

    engraver Kees Engelbarts, that we showed you some

    years ago.

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  • The other pièce unique based on the Sequential One

    is “Sparkle”. Just like the two unique pieces that MCT

    did for Les Airelles, it features a diamond set bezel. The

    18 carat white gold case is covered in 88 white

    diamonds (1.35 carat), which are hand-set.

    Then to really make it “sparkle” MCT sought a very

    special extra exclusive touch and found that making

    the dial out of silicon was the perfect approach.

    Silicon is extremely difficult to cut as it is hugely

    sensitive and can disintegrate into pieces at the

    smallest blow during assembly – yes, that is just one of

    the tricky aspects of silicon that is usually not

    mentioned when we talk about new silicon

    escapements. But MCT managed to get it done and

    once fixed in position it is stable and beautiful. The

    diamonds and silicon dial make “Sparkle” a unique

    timepiece with a very special reflective appeal. The

    sapphire minutes dial, the large numerals on the

    prisms and the alligator leather bracelet are red. The

    bright red color contributes to the overall sparkle

    effect of the watch.

    MCT’s website is not updated at the time of writing, but

    http://www.monochrome.nl/mct-sequential-les-airelles-unique-pieces/ http://www.mctwatches.com/

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    This article is written by Frank Geelen, executive editor

    for Monochrome Watches.

    Frank Geelen

    Frank has been a watch aficionado for

    more than 10 years and started

    Monochrome in 2006, after being

    active on many watch forums. He has a special interest

    in Independent Watchmaking and Haute Horlogerie.

    The beauty of technical complications and different

    types of manual finish is what makes his horological

    heart beat faster.

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