At Baselworld later this month TWL favorite MCT Watches will be officially unveiling its latest timepiece, the Frequential One F110. Here’s a sneak peek.
The Frequential One F110
At first glance the new Frequential One F110 seems at once familiar and yet at the same time distinctly different. The square-shaped case is of course similar to that of its elder sibling, the futuristic-looking S110, however it has been reduced down slightly to a more wearable 42mm x 42mm (versus 45mm). Crafted from Grade 5 Titanium treated with black DLC, the contemporary looking case is comprised of 45 individual parts, including a layer of sapphire glass.
The big change of course though is the dial. The first thing I’m sure you noticed is that MCT Watches’ trademark over-sized, rotating hour numerals are nowhere to be found on the Frequential One F110. The stylish outside chapter ring remains however and so the watch uses a more conventional two-handed, central time display.
To be honest at first I was almost tempted to call it a bit boring – especially given what we’ve seen from the brand in the past – however the stunning central suspended balance wheel smack bang in the middle of the dial stopped me in my tracks.
In a similar vein to MB&F’s awarding winning Legacy Machine No.1, MCT Watches’ Fabrice Gonet has used an inherent element of the movement to create a visually engaging and distinctive looking timepiece that is guaranteed to attract attention on the wrist, whilst still keeping the watch relatively affordable.
To make this all possible the Frequential One F110 is powered by the manually wound MCT-F1.0 movement developed and assembled by MCT. In total the double-barrel movement is comprised of some 279 parts and features hand-chamfered bridges which have been adorned with “Côtes de Genève. Likewise the dark grey dial plate has been adorned with “Côtes de Genève” and features a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock.
What I particularly like is the fact that the movement oscillates at a slightly lower frequency of 18,000 vph (compared to the standard of 28,800 vph). This doesn’t mean much on paper but in reality it means the balance wheel will move at a slightly slower pace, allowing for a better view of it in action on the front of the dial.
There’s no doubt it’s been a challenging few years for MCT Watches – as has been the case for most small, high-end focused brands fighting to establish themselves in a highly competitive market – but the Frequential One F110 certainly feels like yet another step in the right direction. And with a starting price point of CHF 44,500 – roughly half that of the brand’s flagship Sequential 2 S200 – expect this piece to get a lot of air (and wrist) time this year. Stay tuned for some live pics and a full hands on review at the end of the month.
For more information please visit the official MCT Watches website.
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