MCT : Anish Kapoor adopts a minimalistic approach

Sequential One S110 Evo Vantablack

CASE : grade 5 titanium, 50 parts, domed sapphire crystal, lateral sapphire, sapphire caseback, water-resistant to 30m

SIZE : 45x45mm

MOVEMENT : mechanical manual-winding (Caliber MCT-S1.0, 50h power reserve, 471 parts, bridges hand-polished and adorned with Côtes de Genève, patented energy storage system

FUNCTIONS : sequential hours, minutes on a 270° rotating dial DIAL : coated with Vantablack, minutes on a rotating dial, hours shown on four successive prisms, hands with Vantablack moon

STRAP : hand-sewn alligator leather, tripleblade folding clasp


For the sculptor Anish Kapoor, notably known for his monumental works in the world’s greatest capitals, Vantablack is “the blackest material in the universe, after a black hole ; a physical object that is impossible to see”. The London-based artist has given this material – composed of carbon nanotubes measuring one millionth of a millimeter thick and capable of absorbing 99.9% of the light they receive – a nobler cause than its use in the armament industry by incorporating it into his work. He has indeed achieved a degree of mastery enabling it to be applied to a joint creation produced in conjunction with the Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps : the Sequential One S110 Evo Vantablack. Representing a complete first in the watch industry, the fascinating properties of the blackest material ever made by humankind enable the small moon coated with it to disappear in the course of its rotation around the likewise coated dial, and the moon to appear as if suspended in mid-air amid the shadows. While the artist’s signature appears engraved on the back of the black DLC-treated titanium case, that of the brand takes the emblematic shape of its prismbased sequential hours display, invented by MCT founder Denis Giguet.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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