MCT MANUFACTURE : The well-oiled mechanism of a contemporary Manufacture
Composed of watchmakers as creative as they are concerned with details, the Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps lives up to its name. Technical development and movement assembly are handled in-house and backed by demanding quality controls. Haute Horlogerie at its shining best !
Etymology often proves extremely useful in helping us grasp the true meaning of words. The root of the French term manufacture means hand-made ; and in the case of MCT, this prestigious title is definitely well deserved. “We master the key skills corresponding to our production of around a hundred watches a year”, explains Denis Giguet, CEO of the watchmaking division of Cage Holding, owner of MCT since 2012. “Our movements are entirely developed and assembled in-house, as well as being scrupulously tested by us throughout the entire production process.”
In MCT’s Neuchâtel premises, everything begins with movement development. Since its creation in 2007, MCT has unveiled three integrated calibers. They are all distinguished by an original and innovative time display calling for creativity as well as technical dexterity, notably including excellent energy management. “We don’t make any components”, says Denis Giguet, “but we have all the competencies found in traditional watchmaking.” From purchasing components from subcontractors in Switzerland right the way through to final controls, MCT has always placed the bar extremely high in terms of standards. To guarantee impeccable quality, the watchmakers entirely assemble each movement. Once assembled, the calibers undergo a comprehensive check over a period twice as long as their power reserve. One last check is performed on the watch ‘head’. “Not counting assembly, the process takes an absolute minimum of three weeks,” adds Denis Giguet. “A reliable token of craftsmanship for devotees of fine watchmaking who will recognize in each of the brand’s watches the quality of an authentic manufacture in the truest sense of the term.”